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A group of Florida Polytechnic University students and faculty are working on research funded by a North Atlantic Treaty Organization grant, aimed at streamlining the manufacturing and efficiency of handheld radiation detectors, which could be used at nuclear sites as well as for border patrol.

►Gary Ralston received the William Loftin Commercial Realtor of the Year award for 2018 by Lakeland Realtors.

Jeff Bewsher joined the Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate’s Forestry Group in Lakeland as a sales associate in addition to his current role as hunt lease administrator.

Jeff Bewsher

Former U.S. Representative Dennis Ross joined the Lakeland office of Gray Robinson.

The Polk County School District named Horizons Elementary School math teacher Jennie Cyran as its 2019 teacher of the year and Sandhill Elementary cafeteria manager Cynthia Wimberley as its school-related employee of the year.

Larry Giddens

Chief Larry Giddens retired after serving with the Lakeland Police Department for 34 years.

►Academy Prep of Lakeland, a tuition-free, private middle school, is scheduled to open this summer for students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and can pass an admissions test.

►Century Ariva Apartments in Lakeland sold to Centennial Holding Co. for $54.6 million.

Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets will acquire the leases for two Western Market locations near Birmingham, Alabama, in Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills.

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