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Lakeland Regional Health Introduces Much-Anticipated Weight-Loss Surgery Program

LAKELAND, Fla. – More than 70 percent of Polk County residents are diagnosed as overweight or obese, according to Florida Charts, often resulting in dangerous medical conditions, such diabetes, heart disease, sleep disorders, respiratory issues and, most recently, complications from COVID-19. As part of its steadfast commitment to reduce the community’s obesity rate and strengthen the health…

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks FSC’s Online MBA Program Among Top 100 In Nation

LAKELAND (Jan. 26, 2021) – U.S. News & World Report, in its latest annual listing of the best online master’s degree programs in business administration, has ranked Florida Southern College’s Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at No. 94 in its 2021 report — an increase of 51% in a single year, from the 2020 ranking…

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SPCA Florida Medical Center New Hours

Lakeland, FL— SPCA Florida Medical Center’s top priority is to serve you and your pets.  Effective February 1, 2021, SPCA Florida Medical Center hours of operation will be changing to: Monday – Saturday: 7:30am-4pm (closed 11:30am-12pm for lunch) Sunday: CLOSED Offering the highest level of quality care, in addition to generating a more efficient patient…

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Returning Florida Southern Students Find Newly Installed Rock Climbing Walls in Wellness Center

LAKELAND (Jan. 25, 2021) – Florida Southern College recently completed the installation of two new rock climbing walls in the Nina B. Hollis Wellness Center, making this state-of-the-art fitness option available to FSC’s students. “The unveiling of FSC’s new rock climbing walls highlights the growing popularity of this activity while expanding the College’s commitment to…

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City of Lakeland Contract Negotiations With UWUA Reach Impasse

LAKELAND, Fla. (January 25, 2021) – Several months after beginning collective bargaining negotiations held in good faith, today the City of Lakeland notified the Utility Workers Union of America, Local 604 (UWUA) that it was declaring an impasse in negotiations for new three-year collective bargaining contracts for Lakeland Electric and City of Lakeland Water Utility employees.…

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Polk County Public Schools Announces 2021 Teacher of the Year, School-Related Employee of the Year

Maude Graham, a third-grade teacher at Rosabelle W. Blake Academy, was unveiled tonight as the 2021 Polk County Teacher of the Year. Lisa Gill, paraeducator at Jesse Keen Elementary, is the district’s 2021 School-Related Employee of the Year. Profiles of each winner can be found below. Photos are attached. Graham and Gill will receive a…

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PCPS Livestreaming Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year Celebration Tomorrow (Jan. 21)

Polk County Public Schools is ready to spotlight our outstanding teachers and school staff with a special celebration tomorrow (Jan. 21). The 2021 Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel. The Polk Education Foundation and the district’s Department of…

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Polk County Visitor Center Hosts Kitten Cuddle & Adoption Event on Saturday, Jan. 30

Davenport, FL (Jan. 19, 2021) – Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center (CFVIC) will host the “Caturday Kitten Cuddle” and adoption event on Saturday, Jan. 30, to benefit SPCA Florida. This family-friendly event will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visitors can enjoy five minutes of kitten cuddling time for a $5 donation and…

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Story Ideas and News Highlights from Polk County Public Schools

-The spring semester is quickly approaching, and Polk County Public Schools is asking for parents help to ensure our meal service keeps running smoothly. PCPS is asking ALL families of Campus eSchool (online) students to register for pickup meals for the spring semester, if they are planning to use the service. PCPS also provides pickup…

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