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Slideshow: Latest from Polk County
  • Several dogs had heavy logging chains around their necks, which are put in place to strengthen the dogs' necks for fighting. (Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office)
  • State officials said Harleigh Dunn (left) has recovered completely and is not infectious. Dunn's mother Jennifer Dunn said the family took extra precautions.
  • Dozens of family, friends and even complete strangers came out to celebrate the life of Rebecca Sedwick. (Photo: Michael Brantley, staff)
  • Former Police Chief Gary Hester, left, congratulates Charlie Bird, right, on his appointment as the acting Police Chief of the Winter Haven Police Department. (Photo: City of Winter Haven)
  • Doctor Eric Hensen, an ear, nose and throat specialist with Lakeland Regional Medical Group, invented a new set of wireless earphones called Free Wavz. The earphones can cancel out noise, allow you to make a phone call, and even check your pulse, among many other features.
  • Police are investigating a man's death after his partially decomposed body was found Wednesday beneath a vacant house in Lakeland.
  • Florida Polytechnic University features a stunning piece of architecture for its Innovation, Science & Technology building.
  • Kim Hansell, the director of Winter Haven's utility services, was killed Tuesday evening in a head-on crash near Wahneta. Aug. 13, 2014
  • According to authorities, Hillsborough deputies responded to a location near Hwy 60 and State Road 39 in Plant City after a man and woman were carjacked early Friday while pumping gas. (Photo: Trevor Pettiford, staff)
  • A sidewalk is set to go in where two teens were killed near Old Dixie Highway. In 2009 14 year-old Colton Myers was killed and 17-year-old Enrique Hernandez was killed while walking to school just last year.
  • The statue at Lake Mirror was put in place to pay tribute to the spirit of volunteerism. The celebrated statue has fallen on hard times of late and is currently covered with a thick film of dirt.
  • On Monday, Winter Haven police posted a picture of 22-year-old Alicia Stankwick on the department's Facebook page. The posting helped to re-unite the young woman with her mother in less than a day.
  • Some of the young members at All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakeland are part of the church's Summer Mission Work Program. And they are not going far to participate.
  • William Birmingham, 7, walks away from one of the cross memorials he helped fix. The nearly 400 crosses were put in place at Lake Hollingsworth as part of this weekend's Warrior Walk.
  • Caden Wilson, 7, got to throw the first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game Tuesday night. The Lakeland boy has cystic fibrosis, and his family has been struggling financially, especially after lightning destroyed the house they built with Habitat for Humanity.
  • The carpenter's building on the property that used to be home to Without Walls Central in Lakeland has fallen into disrepair. On Tuesday, the property was auctioned off in a bankruptcy proceeding.
  • A pedestrian died after being hit by a Polk County Sheriff's patrol car early Friday morning in Auburndale, deputies said. The crash happened at 6 a.m. at the intersection of 42nd Street and Havendale Boulevard.
  • A viewer said a tree was damaged when severe thunderstorms blew through Winter Haven Monday afternoon. (Photo: Austin Hayes)
  • Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives named David Smith as their suspect after two women and one man were found shot to death late Monday at a home in the 5600 block of Old Road 37, near Cherry Lane and Schoolhouse Road.
  • Sheriff Grady Judd presented Alisa Robbins, widow of Deputy Shane Robbins, with the Sheriff's Citation Thursday night. (Photo: Paul Crate/The Ledger)
  • Members of the rescue crew pose with an injured American bald eagle shortly after it was rescued from the pine tree. (Photo: Lakeland Fire Department)
  • Bianca Olivieri, a student at McKeel Academy of Technology, won a national contest with a documentary about Memorial Day.
  • A handwritten note was found at the school from an unknown person that they were going to kill themselves with a handgun today on the Sleepy Hill Middle School campus.
  • New Generation Builders president Steven Sawyer stands outside of one of his company's refurbished cargo containers. (Photo: Trevor Pettiford, staff)
  • Barbara Scott is accused of killing her husband in January of 2012 and then burying his body in an herb garden next to her home.
  • Former Head Start teacher Marilyn Groves volunteers time each week to read to young children. Her work was recognized this week when she was named Goodwill's Volunteer of the Year.
  • The view of a sunset over Eagle Lake. (Photo: Donald Graves, viewer)
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