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Polk County Democratic Women’s Club to host Lakeland walk, rally

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The Democratic Women’s Club of East Polk County will sponsor a walk and rally at Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland 5-6:30 p.m., Sunday, which it says is to emphasize women’s and social rights. Karen Welzel, president of the club, said the rally followed by the march around the lake is “to give a voice to groups and individuals feeling marginalized and attacked during this election cycle, and to bring to the forefront issues of importance to women.” Among those issues,…

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Ed Smith submits enough signatures to qualify for HD 41 race

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Ed Smith has gathered enough petition signatures to qualify for the House District 41 race, the Bartow Republican said Wednesday. “The campaign has got momentum,” Smith said. “I thank everyone who signed a card for me and I have enjoyed meeting new friends along the way.” The former Winter Haven Police officer is the first candidate in the race to qualify through the petition method and is one of three Republicans running for the seat currently held by term-limited Republican…

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John Wood says state needs to let go of Nora Mayo Hall

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The state of Florida is sitting on a building it cannot sell, but won’t give it to a local municipality which says it needs it. In his final year in the Florida House due to term limits, Winter Haven Republican Rep. John Wood said he and members of the Polk County delegation will be fighting to get the state to give (or sell at an affordable price) Nora Mayo Hall to the city of Winter Haven. Part of the Florida…

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Maybe Polk County will build a toll road anyway

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Polk County business leaders and legislators are readying for a possible end run around the Florida Department of Transportation’s decision to postpone and perhaps even stop support for the Central Polk Parkway toll road … maybe a half-end run. Rep. John Wood, a Winter Haven Republican who has chaired the Central Polk Parkway Working Group, plans to discuss the creation of a Polk County Expressway Authority that will plan ways to keep the project alive. The working group meets 9…

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Worried about unemployment, Haiti, Afghanistan? Put your worries aside – LegoLand is coming to Florida

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Governor Charlie Crist today joined Merlin Entertainments chief executive Nick Varney for the company’s announcement that they will open a LEGOLAND® family theme park at the 145-acre Cypress Gardens site in Winter Haven. Merlin recently purchased Cypress Gardens and expects LEGOLAND® Florida to open by late 2011. “Today’s announcement is exciting news for Florida and the millions of people who visit our state each year,” said Governor Crist. “LEGOLAND® Florida will be an ideal combination of family fun and economic…

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