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Body of 40-year-old man found off SR 33

LAKELAND - The body of 40-year-old man was found Thursday in a construction area off State Road 33 north of Interstate 4. The Lakeland Police Department reported that at 8:35 a.m. Thursday, officers were called to 8060 SR 33. There, they were told a body was found by a construction team member who w

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 02:10:35

Hurricane Maria growing threat to Irma-slammed Caribbean

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - The islands of the eastern Caribbean prepared Sunday to face another potential disaster, with forecasters saying newly formed and likely to strengthen Hurricane Maria was headed for a hit on the Leeward Islands by tonight. Hurricane or tropical storm warnings were

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-18 03:54:27

2nd Polk fatality tied to Irma confirmed

LAKELAND - A 63-year-old man cleaning debris from Hurricane Irma died after a heart attack Wednesday. It's the second death in Polk County tied to the hurricane, said Stephen Nelson, the District 10 medical examiner for Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. Carlos Arencibia, of 3871 Bedford Ave., com

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 02:37:26

Hurricane doles out double blow to sisters

LAKELAND - Hurricane Irma largely spared Polk County residences from the devastation many had feared. But the storm proved especially cruel for sisters Liz Cruz and Janet Sabo. The hurricane blew a hulking oak tree down on Cruz's house in Central Lakeland, the home in which the sisters grew up. Cruz

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 02:41:30

Alleva: This push-up will relieve storm-related stress

If you've been anywhere in the southern United States, near a TV, or in close proximity of other humans lately, then you are familiar with the names Harvey and Irma. In relation to those two names, you'd know many are displaced from their homes or without power. Life has been interrupted, to say the

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-18 21:16:43

Local internet broadcaster goes out of business

LAKELAND - LkldTV, an internet broadcaster of Lakeland-based news and feature stories, has ceased operations after less than a year in business. The company's website, http://lkldtv.com, began in October, owner Randy Borden said Monday. He closed its Lakeland office at 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. and

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 02:05:49

Winter Haven working with FEMA on debris pickup

WINTER HAVEN - Winter Haven is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency when it comes to collecting debris following Hurricane Irma. The city, according to a release, has made sure all trucks are FEMA certified. FEMA is working on certifying locations to drop the debris off, and once th

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 01:51:23

Former NBA player to speak at Talbot House event

LAKELAND - Former NBA forward Dwight E. Davis is the keynote speaker at this year's annual banquet to raise funds for Talbot House Ministries in Lakeland. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland. The event is free but a donation is requested. Dav

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 01:49:37

Collision with Georgia Sheriff's car yields DUI charge for Dundee man

WINTER HAVEN - The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Dundee man on charges of drunken driving after his vehicle struck a Georgia Sheriff's patrol car Monday. The PCSO says Nikolai Camarato, 28, was driving a Hyundai Sonata that collided with the patrol car at the intersection of U.S. 27 an

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 18:11:58

Legoland Florida adding virtual reality to coaster

Virtual reality is coming to Legoland Florida. The Winter Haven theme park is revamping its existing Project X roller coaster into a new experience called The Great Lego Race VR Coaster. It is scheduled to open at Legoland Florida sometime next year, the park announced Tuesday. The story of the rede

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2017-09-19 14:50:00

Rubin: 'Mother' Merkel knows how to deal with Russian hacking, win elections

As Americans absorb the latest details of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections - via hundreds of fake Facebook accounts - Germans have been expecting similar interference in their Sept. 24 federal election. But the fact that no Russian hack attack has occurred so far is only one of the surpr

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 05:01:00

Putnam: 'Lethal' Irma a 'major calamity' for Florida crops

ST. PETERSBURG - Florida's agriculture commissioner said Monday that the path of Hurricane Irma "could not have been more lethal" to the state's farmers and that the scope of damage to the state's fruits and vegetables is unprecedented. Commissioner Adam Putnam, along with U.S. Agriculture Secretary

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 02:38:18

Southeastern lineman pops question following win

As the final minute ticked off the clock at Victory Field, Jordan Heldreth was nowhere to be found on the field. Brady Fredericksen @brady_fred LAKELAND - As the final minute ticked off the clock at Victory Field, Jordan Heldreth was nowhere to be found on the field. The 6-foot-5 lineman wasn't any

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-18 23:07:59

Temple Emanuel shifts to church for Holy Days services

LAKELAND - Hurricane Irma's timing couldn't have been much worse for Temple Emanuel. The hurricane that passed over Lakeland damaged the roof of the synagogue, allowing water to intrude and wash asbestos insulation into the sanctuary on the south shore of Lake Hollingsworth. For the time being, it i

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 02:40:18

Post-hurricane mold cleanup not a health issue for most people

The way to handle post-hurricane mold is "clean up the mess," said one of the state's leading allergen experts. Dr. Richard Lockey, professor at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine and chief of its division of allergy and immunology, said heat exhaustion, puncture woun

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 02:36:36

Lakeland Linder receives rehab grant

LAKELAND - Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is getting a $2.26 million federal grant to renovate large portions of pavement connected to its flight education corner and its upcoming customs terminal. The grant covers 90 percent of the cost associated with the $2.5 million project. The Florida Depart

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 02:18:55

Irma cost to county still unknown

BARTOW - The head of the finance department with Polk County said Monday it's too early to tell how much Hurricane Irma will cost. Todd Bond, director of budget and management services for the county, said he will bring an amended budget item to county commissioners once he has more details on the

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 01:52:49

Misiuk: Dogs in the running

Make no bones about it: Most of us are fed up with our president's tweet talk. If you think the political process is going to the dogs, you're spot on. Let's all celebrate Dogs in Politics this Sunday. One canine snagged a government post in 2008. Citizens in Rabbit Hash, Ky., elected border collie

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-18 21:15:43

Sheriff's Office: Clermont woman used fake SAO letter

WINTER HAVEN - A Clermont woman has been arrested after allegedly using the logo of the State Attorney's Office on a fraudulent letter. Here is a summary from the Polk County Sheriff's Office: On Sunday, Cornesa Mobley, 46, filled out an application at IPG Realty in Polk County to rent a Clermont ho

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 18:18:50

Fierce storms haven't slowed growth along US coastlines

Rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years, a new Associated Press analysis shows. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bull's-eyes on two of the country's fastest growing regions: coastal Texas around Houston and resort a

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-18 17:30:00