Monthly Archives: February 2011

Does Recruiting Take Place in Polk County Prep Sports?

Recruiting is an enormous part of covering high school sports. Everyone wants to know where the star local quarterback is going to play in college, and National Signing Day gets massive coverage every year. Few days were as busy for … Continue reading

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Some Polk County School Board Members Still Getting It Wrong

Kudos to the four School Board officials who voted Tuesday night to start over the process of naming a new Mulberry elementary school after former Superintendent Gail McKinzie. The story has played out quite a bit, and I already gave … Continue reading

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Watch a Future Olympian Run This Spring in Polk County

There are certainly some things I miss about being the Prep Sports Editor at The Ledger, and one of them is not being able to cover what should be an incredible story this spring. If you follow track and field … Continue reading

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Gov. Rick Scott’s High Speed Rail Decision Understandable But Wrong

Gov. Rick Scott’s decision Wednesday to block the high speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando was a surprise to me. Maybe I’m just naive, but I figured he would hear enough persuasive arguments about the long-term benefits of high … Continue reading

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Polk Commission Wastes Time on Name Issue

So County Commissioner Bob English isn’t a fan of the Polk County Planning Commission having the word “Commission” in its title. According to him, it “belittles” the status of the County Commission (from The Ledger). From my standpoint, wasting tax … Continue reading

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Husbands Love Your Wives; Wives Respect Your Husbands

So, I’m finally getting to a faith topic on my blog after a few weeks, and it stems from an awesome experience my wife and I had the past two days at our church, First Presbyterian in Lakeland. The church … Continue reading

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For Hazel Sellers, Hindsight Is 20/20

The Mulberry community finally had its say Tuesday night about what a new elementary school in the city should be named. The Polk County School Board voted months ago to name the new school after outgoing Superintendent Gail McKinzie, who … Continue reading

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Polk’s High Speed Rail Stop Should Be USF Poly

My mind has been spinning the past 48 hours as I have tried to really settle my opinion of high speed rail in general and, more specifically, which location in Lakeland would be best for a potential stop on the … Continue reading

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Lakeland, Orlando, Kissimmee Bid to Host FHSAA Basketball Finals

About this time last year, FHSAA Executive Director Roger Dearing told me during the state basketball finals that he planned to open up for bid many of the state championship events that the FHSAA oversees. Included in that were the … Continue reading

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