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Polk County - Most teenagers do not experience physical aggression when they date. However, for some teens, abuse is a very real part of dating relationships. (Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look at Adolescent Romantic Relationships, National Institute of Justice, 2008).

   The Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) presents the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)'s definition of dating violence to be: "violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

* The length of the relationship
* The type of relationship
* The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

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By: M.C. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief.

Haines City - On January 12, we had the opportunity to attend the showing of The Amorous Ambassador at the Haines City Community Theatre.

   In this play, the American Ambassador to Great Britain and his wife both plan to be gone all weekend, as does their daughter Debbie. However, when they all secretly return for romantic engagements, it all hits the fan. Then, there is a surprising twist at the end.

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     By: City of Haines City - Government.

     Haines City - The City of Haines City is informing its residents about the 2020 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS for City Commissioner, Seat No. 3 and City Commissioner, Seat No. 4 to be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

The polling places for the Municipal Elections are hereby designated as:

* Precincts 302, 402, 407 & 408 | Oakland Neighborhood Center (Auditorium), 915 Ave E, Haines City, FL 33844

* Precincts 306, 405, 409 & 410 | Haines City Community Center, 555 Ledwith Avenue, Haines City, FL 33844

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By: Staff Writer.

Haines City - For this month's community leader of the month, we had the pleasure of interviewing Lana Stripling, and this is what she shared with us:

NEPG: Tell us a short story about yourself and how that experience inspired you to become who you are today.
Lana
: As a little girl, I have always loved helping others and fundraising. I remember having a little game day/carnival in my backyard when I was in Elementary school in Alabama to raise money for Jerry's kids to help fight Muscular Dystrophy.

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By: Staff Writer.

Haines City - This month, on The Student Leader of the Month, we want to feature a student from Bethune Academy in Haines City. Meet Jayden Norman.

   We had the pleasure of interviewing Jayden, and this is what she shared with us:

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