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Haines City – Great news! On August 1st, at the City Commission meeting, in the presence of community leaders, city employees and community Veterans, the City of Haines City was designated as a Purple Heart City. A representative from The Northeast Gazette was present during the meeting and witnessed how representatives from the Harry R. Alexander Memorial Chapter 535-FL-4, a local chapter for the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Commander Stewart (Steve) H. Hillman and Jr. Vice Commander John L. Hillery proudly and honorably received the proclamation from the hands of Haines City Mayor Morris L. West.

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August 2, 2019

By: Staff Writer

Lakeland - In October 1960, only a couple of months after graduating from high school, John Hillery, one of the most highly decorated soldiers who is currently living in Polk County, joined the military. After completing his training, he was sent to Ft. Carlson, CO and, shortly after, was shipped to Auburg Germany, where he met his first wife. At that time, John was a K-9 handler for the U.S. Army.

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Meet Gianna: The Student Leader of the Month

July 5, 2019

By: Staff Writer

Lakeland -  Gianna Wegman is a typical teenager. She enjoys listening to music, playing lacrosse, and hanging out with her friends, but one thing that differentiates her from the rest of her friends is that Gianna is on her way to becoming a well-rounded young adult due to her extraordinary approach to leadership. She not only uses it to inspire others, but also to try to make this world a better place. We had the pleasure of interviewing Gianna, and this is what she shared with us:

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August 2, 2019

By: Staff Writer

Davenport - This month, on The Student Leader of the Month,  we want to feature a brilliant student from Horizon's Elementary School in Davenport. Meet Roodny Jeanty.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Roodny, and this is what he shared with us:

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TheatreWorks FL Presented Breakfast in Baghdad

July 5, 2019

By: Staff Writer

Davenport - On May 18 and 19, TheatreWorks FL presented a play called Breakfast in Baghdad. For those of you who missed the presentation, we have to tell you that you missed a great opportunity to meet a brave group of Veterans from the Central Florida area sharing their military life stories and heartwarming anecdotes from their military times.

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August 2, 2019

By: Staff Writer

Davenport - This month, we had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Debra Fernandez-Martinez, Ed.S from Horizons Elementary School and this is what she shared with us:

NEPG : What's your position at the school?

Debra : I am the Dean of students at Horizons Elementary School, in Davenport, Fl.

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Life After a Traumatic Brain Injury: Meet U.S. Army Veteran Richard Ottum

July 5, 2019

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

Winter Haven -  When Richard joined the Army on March 2005, at the age of 19, he didn't know what he was getting himself into... all he knew was that he wanted a better future for himself and the Army was offering it to him. After completing his basic training and graduating from the advanced individual training (AIT) course, Richard was stationed in a quartermaster unit as a 92W (water purification specialist).

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