Gary White, News Chief

Gary White

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Lakeland, FL, United States

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  • News Chief
Past:
  • The Ledger
  • Ocala Star-Banner
  • Gainesville.com
  • Herald-Tribune
  • news-journalonline
  • nwfdailynews
  • The Cannabist

Recent articles by Gary:

Lakeland woman's locally produced aviation documentary 'Fly Like A Girl' gets 1st Polk screening

After making rounds of film festivals, locally produced aviation documentary “Fly Like A Girl” will have its first Lakeland screening at Polk Theatre. → Read More

Hannifan challenges Edwards in Supervisor of Elections race

Debbie Hannifan of Lakeland is challenging incumbent Lori Edwards to become Polk County’s supervisor of elections. Edwards is seeking a sixth term in the position. → Read More

Stargel bill would hide lawmakers' personal info

Kelli Stargel, a Lakeland Republican who has been in the Legislature since 2008, says the revision to Florida's public records laws is needed to guard the safety of lawmakers and their families. → Read More

Registration of ex-felons stalls amid confusion, lawsuit

Amendment 4 restored ex-felons’ right to vote, but state law requires payment of all fines and fees. Polk County advocates say those with convictions hesitate to register over uncertainty about their status. → Read More

Vaccination exemptions rising in Polk County

The percentage of parents claiming religious exemptions from childhood vaccinations has risen in Polk County. But the county has a better overall vaccination rate than the state average. → Read More

Polk farm trades citrus for hemp in state pilot project

Owners of an Alturas citrus grove have switched to hemp. They are growing cannabis plants for Green Earth Cannaceuticals in partnership with Florida A&M through a state pilot project. → Read More

Public voices opposition during 1st Polk-to-Collier toll road meeting

Public speakers at task force on planned Polk-to-Collier toll road urge panel to tell state not to build it. Legislation passed this year directing construction of three new highways has been controversial. → Read More

7 women: Haines City health clinic threatened to fire us for speaking Spanish

Seven women who work at a Department of Health clinic in Haines City say they were hired because they speak both Spanish and English. But now the women, all from Puerto Rico, say they have been threatened with firing for speaking Spanish to each other in the office. → Read More

7 women: Haines City health clinic threatened to fire us for speaking Spanish

Seven women who work at a Department of Health clinic in Haines City say they were hired because they speak both Spanish and English. But now the women, all from Puerto Rico, say they have been threatened with firing for speaking Spanish to each other in the office. → Read More

Florida clinic threatened to fire us for speaking Spanish, 7 women say

Seven women who work at a Department of Health clinic in Haines City say they were hired because they speak both Spanish and English. But now the women, all from Puerto Rico, say they have been threatened with firing for speaking Spanish to each other in the office. → Read More

7 women: Haines City health clinic threatened to fire us for speaking Spanish

Seven women who work at a Department of Health clinic in Haines City say they were hired because they speak both Spanish and English. But now the women, all from Puerto Rico, say they have been threatened with being fired for speaking Spanish to each other in the office. → Read More

7 women: Haines City health clinic threatened to fire us for speaking Spanish

Seven women who work at a Department of Health clinic in Haines City say they were hired because they speak both Spanish and English. But now the women, all from Puerto Rico, say they have been threatened with being fired for speaking Spanish to each other in the office. → Read More

7 women: Haines City health clinic threatened to fire us for speaking Spanish

Seven women who work at a Department of Health clinic in Haines City say they were hired because they speak both Spanish and English. But now the women, all from Puerto Rico, say they have been threatened with being fired for speaking Spanish to each other in the office. → Read More

Poly, Lake Wales charter school funding gets axe

LAKELAND — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spared $2.5 million in funds for the Lake Wales campus at Polk State College on Friday when he released his budget veto list.But other educational programs in the county weren't as lucky.DeSantis vetoed $500,000 in funding for Florida Polytechnic University's graduate program and $500,000 for Lake Wales charter schools to help replace the administration… → Read More

Auburndale approves zoning change for 259-lot subdivision

AUBURNDALE — The City Commission voted Monday night to approve a zoning change sought for the development of a 259-lot subdivision on the west side of Lake Van.The commission voted 3-2 for the proposal submitted by the owners of a 120.6-acre property bordered by Lake Van Road to the north and Adams Road to the south. The vote changes the property’s zoning from low density residential to planned… → Read More

Auburndale approves zoning change for 259-lot subdivision

AUBURNDALE — The City Commission voted Monday night to approve a zoning change sought for the development of a 259-lot subdivision on the west → Read More

Lakeland man's nonprofit helping patients with costs of cannabis care

LAKELAND — When Morgan Haas became an activist for legalizing medical marijuana in 2014, his motivation was largely personal.By that point, the → Read More

Historian Brinkley heads lineup for FSC lecture series

LAKELAND — Historian Douglas Brinkley will speak at Florida Southern College next March in the annual Florida Lecture Series.Brinkley, who appears → Read More

Historian Brinkley heads lineup for FSC lecture series

LAKELAND — Historian Douglas Brinkley will speak at Florida Southern College next March in the annual Florida Lecture Series.Brinkley, who appears → Read More

Two Republicans file to challenge U.S. Rep. Soto

LAKELAND — With the next election still 17 months away, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto already faces two Republican challengers.Sergio Ortiz of Kissimmee and Bill Olson of Davenport have both filed paperwork to run in the 2020 race for U.S. House District 9. Soto, a Democrat from Kissimmee, won decisively in the previous two elections.Neither challenger has held elected office before. Ortiz, 54, is a… → Read More