LAKELAND - Neil Combee of Lakeland was elected vice chair of the Southwest Florida Water Management DistrictÕs governing board. He was appointed to the board in April 2005 and elected board secretary in May 2006.

Swiftmud board taps new vice president

LAKELAND - Neil Combee of Lakeland was elected vice chair of the Southwest Florida Water Management DistrictÕs governing board. He was appointed to the board in April 2005 and elected board secretary in May 2006.

A Polk County native, Combee graduated from Lakeland High School and attended Polk Community College, as well as Florida State University. He has a Florida Real Estate license and is a Realtor for Century Companies of Lakeland.

Elected to the Polk County Commission in November 1988, Combee held that position until November 2004. During his tenure as a commissioner, he served as the boardÕs liaison with the district. In the early 1990s, he also served on the districtÕs southern water use caution area work group.

Combee serves on the board of the Polk County Taxpayers League. His community service includes volunteering with athletes at Lake Gibson High School. He is president of the Lake Gibson High Boosters Club.

Combee is vice chair of Swiftmud's governing board resource management and development committee, and is a member of the finance and administration committee. He is also the co-chairman ex officio of the Peace River Basin Board, and is the governing boardÕs liaison to the Agricultural Advisory Committee.



'Tasting Thyme' open house is today

WINTER HAVEN - Thyme For Dinner, located at 3054 Cypress Gardens Road, will host a "Tasting Thyme" open house today at the store from 4 to 7 p.m.

Selections from the upcoming June menu will be available to sample. Registration for a drawing for a free kitchen session will be held. Tours of the store will be available, as well as discount coupons for first time customers.

Kiwanis Club plans membership drive

WINTER HAVEN - The Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven is currently conducting its annual "Membership Roundup."

The membership drive will feature Steve Siemens, a motivational speaker, member of the National Speaker's Association and immediate past president of Kiwanis International.

Siemens will speak Tuesday at the clubÕs weekly meeting. His topic will be "The More You Give, the More You Live."

The public is invited to join club members for lunch at the Chain O' Lakes Complex from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday. Reservations are required to attend. The deadline to register is today.

To make a reservation, call club secretary Bettie Hoosier at 294-7296 or club president Suzie Moraco at 956-2646.

Policy Committee meets June 7

BARTOW - A policy committee will meet at 9 a.m. June 7 to consider changes to the Polk County School Board's policy manual. The meeting will be held in the superintendentÕs conference room of the district administrative office at 1915 S. Floral Ave., in Bartow.

For details, call Wes Bridges, school district general counsel, at 863-534-0773.

Law enforcement students graduate

Twenty Polk Community College students graduated Thursday from the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety's Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

The graduates are, listed by hometown: Avon Park: John Cloud and Amanda Dettman; Babson Park: Michael Franklin; Bartow: Allen Johnson and Herman Music; Frostproof: Sarah Taylor; Haines City: Christopher Boos; Kissimmee: Brian Boisse; Lakeland: Daniel Kater, John McLaughlin, Graham Pearce and Jessica Pyke; Mulberry: Emma Molina; Plant City: James Lewis; St. Petersburg: Raul Zayas; Sebring: Shannon Purvis; Winter Haven: Victor Diaz, Joseph Gilroy, Jeannette Leonard and Joseph Sarno.

Site selection group will meet June 11

BARTOW - A site selection committee will meet Monday, June 11 from 1 to 2 p.m., to discuss sites for a new middle school to be located in southeast Winter Haven. The meeting will be held in the facilities conference room of the district administrative office, 1915 S. Floral Ave. in Bartow.

For details, call Bob Williams, assistant superintendent for facilities and operations, at 863-534-0620.