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Articles from the April 10, 2024 edition

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  • Nominations Open Now for Polk Visionary Leader Award

    Special to the News|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Polk Vision has announced that nominations are open for the Polk Visionary Leader of the Year Award, a recognition in honor of community members who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in advancing, and inspiring others to advance, the shared Vision of improving the overall Quality of Life in Polk County through innovation and collaboration. The deadline for submitting nominations is April 15, 2024, and may be emailed to [email protected]. The award, which...

  • Mary Starling Sullivan, 1933-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Mary Starling Sullivan, 91, of Babson Park, FL, died on Saturday, March 30 after a full life and quality time with family and loved ones. She was born on January 17, 1933, in Miami, FL, to Clyde and Georgia Starling. In 1950, she graduated from Miami Edison High School. Mary met Richard J. Sullivan (Dick) in Connecticut. They were married at Forest Park Christian Church of Miami, in 1952. Mary and Dick began their family in south Florida. In 1973, they relocated to Babson...

  • Annual Chamber Golf Scramble Fast Approaching

    News Staff Reports|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    The Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting golf enthusiasts and local business owners to get involved in their annual outing. The Chamber will host its 2024 Golf Scramble, on Friday, April 26 and feature raffles and a variety of prizes for the "top winners", according to Lori Beyer, Services & Events Coordinator at the Chamber. The tournament take place at the Lake Wales Country Club and offers area golfers an afternoon day of fellowship and some zany fun. The outing...

  • Rare Scrub Mints are Fast-Disappearing From Florida Landscapes

    Jerald Pinson, Florida Museum of Natural History|Updated Apr 9, 2024

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Scrub mints are among the most endangered plants you've probably never heard of. More than half of the 24 species currently known to exist are considered threatened or endangered at the state or federal level, and nearly all scrub mints grow in areas that are being rapidly developed or converted to agricultural pasture. In a new study, researchers analyzed a distinct type of DNA marker, which shows there are likely more scrub mint species waiting to be...

  • Learn How to Fight Identity Theft With Tips from the Social Security Administration

    Angela Love|Updated Apr 8, 2024

    Identity theft is when someone uses your personal information to impersonate you or steal from you. These crimes can impact your physical, mental, and emotional health and lead to lost opportunities that are often hard to measure. Learning more about identity theft can help you keep your personal information safe. There are two types of identity theft you should be aware of: • Thieves stealing your data, physically or digitally, without contacting you directly. •...

  • Elvia Alvarado Espinoza, 1977-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Apr 8, 2024

    Elvia Alvarado Espinoza of Frostproof passed away Saturday, April 6, 2024 at her residence. She was born July 13, 1977 in San Lucas, Michoacan, Mexico to Silvano an Herminia Alvarado. Elvia was a second-grade teacher for Ben Hill Griffin Elementary School where she loved teaching. She loved the town of Frostproof and was passionate about the needs of children. Elvia was full of life and loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Elvia truly enjoyed spending time with her...

  • Two More Large Tracts of Land Nominated for Preservation Near Lake Wales

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 8, 2024

    The vision of a "Big Green Network" of environmental lands flanking Lake Wales to the east and west moved a small step closer to reality this week as Polk County's environmental lands program addressed the possibility of acquiring a large tract of land just northeast of the city. The expanse of lands totaling 1,195 acres spanning Masterpiece Road and partially surrounding the former Masterpiece Gardens tourist attraction belong to corporations or individual members of the...