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Slideshow: Latest from Polk County
  • 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)
  • Mayor Keith Cowie and Community Development Director Amy Palmer unveiled the plaque during a ceremony marking the addition of the Auburndale City Hall to the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo: Paul Crate/The Ledger)
  • A gopher tortoise explores its new home at Circle B Bar Reserve, where the species is being reintroduced as part of a state program to protect them. (Photo: Tom Palmer/The Ledger)
  • Viewer Sabrina Houston shared this sunset over Lake Wales.  (Courtesy: Sabrina Houston, March 13, 2014)
  • The crash happened just after midnight at State Road 33 and Deen Still Road. A father, mother and their 5-year-old son were killed. Three other children are in hospitals. (Photo courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office)
  • The model jets being flown at the Florida Jets event in Lakeland can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Needless to say, they're for serious hobbyists only.
  • According to park officials, great care has been taken to restore and preserve these historical areas of the park, including the Oriental Gardens.
  • The Cypress Gardens Belles are here at Legoland to take part in the ribbon cutting for the reopening of the Florida Pool and the Oriental Gardens. This part of the larger garden has been closed since the park opened in 2011.
  • The Florida Pool, part of the former Cypress Gardens, has been restored and now opened for the first time since Legoland opened in 2011. (Photos courtesy Virginia Johnson)
  • After 18 years in operation, owner Kermit Weeks said he is closing Fantasy of Flight to the public. The space will still be available for rent for private parties.
  • Robert and Tracy Robinson like to take their family 'legend tripping' in Florida's Green Swamp, where they search for legendary creatures like skunk apes.
  • Rusty and Julie Bulloch have taken dozens of young people into their home over the years. Now a reality TV series about their lives is entering its second season.
  • Inspectors from the Florida Department of Health recently inspected eight septic tanks in the community and found a variety of health hazards.
  • A body of a Lakeland teen reported missing by his mother a short time earlier was found early in a wooded area east of the railroad tracks at 1350 Atline Road. (Lakeland PD)
  • Authorities say Eric Wayne Pope was riding his bike north on the east edge of Reynolds Road around 1:30 a.m. when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle.
  • Lakeland city manager Doug Thomas will face an investigation initiated by his bosses: Lakeland city commissioners
  • The Legoland theme park in Winter Haven is hoping the success of the Lego movie will mean more visitors for the park.
  • A Polk County firefighter was awarded with a heroism medal by Governor Rick Scott for saving a woman from a burning home while he was off duty.
  • At least three mobile homes in Haines City sustained damage during Wednesday night's storm. (Photo: Holly Gregory, staff)
  • Winter Haven Police Officer Pete Kreticos presenting his recovered bike to 12-year-old Tristan. (Photo: Winter Haven Police)
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