Kevin Bouffard, News Chief

Kevin Bouffard

News Chief

Winter Haven, FL, United States

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Past:
  • The Ledger
  • Gainesville.com
  • news-journalonline
  • Herald-Tribune
  • FayObserver.com
  • Stars and Stripes

Recent articles by Kevin:

Ousted Evett defends actions as Frostproof city manager

Frostproof Council approves contract for City Clerk Nicole McDowell to serve as interim city manager. Former City Manager Lee Evett defends his actions that led to firing by the city council. → Read More

Winter Haven Election: Tracy Mercer banks on years of public service

Tracy Mercer is running for Winter Haven City Commission on her record of nearly 40 years of government service. → Read More

Citrus Commission explores huge tax increase on orange growers

Florida Citrus Commission mulls higher grower taxes to kick start orange trading, but a decision is weeks away. → Read More

Polk to beef up fire services, infrastructure

The new budget contains two fee increases — a $15 hike in the annual fire services fee to $206 on a single-family home and an $8 increase in the yearly solid waste collection charge to $52 per home. → Read More

UF says citrus research foundation not complying with state law

UF officials have declined to specify why that came to that conclusion and what the foundation needs to do to get into compliance, said foundation officials on Wednesday. → Read More

Citrus greening research at crossroads

Citrus Foundation fight with the University of Florida and its Board of Trustees could hamper effort to beat disease. → Read More

New WH law speeds enforcement against nuisance properties

WINTER HAVEN — The city has taken another step in a code enforcement initiative aimed at cleaning up the town.The Winter Haven City Commission → Read More

Let nominations for Best of Central Florida begin

LAKELAND — If you think you know what's best for you, share it with others.Beginning Sunday, The Ledger Media Group is accepting nominations → Read More

Winter Haven advances diversity, inclusivity initiative

WINTER HAVEN — Not often does someone openly recommend thievery to a public official, but management consultant Tom Freijo did so in pursuit of a worthy effort.“I've already mentioned to the city manager that he would probably want to steal things out of that handbook,” Freijo told Winter Haven City Manager Mike Herr and the City Commission during his presentation on how the city can create a… → Read More

Winter Haven advances diversity, inclusivity initiative

WINTER HAVEN — Not often does someone openly recommend thievery to a public official, but management consultant Tom Freijo did so in pursuit → Read More

Webber to add a health management degree

BABSON PARK – Webber International University plans to offer a new bachelor of arts degree in health services administration in the fall semester. → Read More

Webber to add a health management degree

BABSON PARK – Webber International University plans to offer a new bachelor of arts degree in health services administration in the fall semester. → Read More

Study urges Florida OJ marketers to stress the positive

BARTOW — While orange juice marketers may find it necessary on occasion to defend the product, they get far more bang for the buck by touting OJ’s health benefits.“Positive attributes really are a major driver of (OJ) demand,” Ron Ward, emeritus professor of food and resource economics at the University of Florida, told the Florida Citrus Commission on Wednesday.Negative messages drive down… → Read More

Citrus Department deals with smaller budget

BARTOW – The Florida Legislature was not so generous to the Florida Department of Citrus in the state’s new 2019-20 budget, giving the → Read More

Skate World's owner wins national business award

LAKELAND – Chanel Bellotto, the owner of Lakeland Skate World, was recognized as the nation’s top skating rink operator recently by Roller → Read More

Winter Haven seeking a more diverse workforce

WINTER HAVEN — Cultivating a diverse workforce is a full-time job in a city with 500 employees.So Winter Haven City Manager Mike Herr has → Read More

Webber to offer new sports degree program this fall

BABSON PARK – Webber International University plans to offer a new bachelor of science degree in Sports Performance, Health, and Fitness.It would prepare graduates for careers including athletic fitness conditioning coach, certified fitness trainer, group fitness/exercise instructor, personal fitness instructor and fitness club manager, President Keith Wade said in a statement.“Webber has always… → Read More

Webber to offer new sports degree program this fall

BABSON PARK – Webber International University plans to offer a new bachelor of science degree in Sports Performance, Health, and Fitness.It would → Read More

Florida orange growers can't sell Valencias as imports surge

LAKELAND – Small Florida citrus growers have found the market for their Valencia oranges has dried up completely during the past month, an → Read More

Florida orange growers can't sell Valencias as imports surge

LAKELAND – Small Florida citrus growers have found the market for their Valencia oranges has dried up completely during the past month, an unprecedented situation in the Florida citrus industry.“I’ve never heard about this ever,” said Tom Spreen, emeritus professor of agricultural economics at the University of Florida who has tracked the industry for more than 40 years. “Smaller growers in… → Read More