WINTER HAVEN – For 72 years, the Bouquet Garden Club has been educating its members about the care and use of flowers while supporting the community. Each month, more than 30 members meet for fellowship, food and to learn about local flora.

WINTER HAVEN – Straughn Trout Architects staff told the Winter Haven City Commission Sept. 10 that it could cost as much as $15 million to consolidate city employees into two buildings, transferring most into a renovated Nora Mayo Hall sometime in the future.

LAKE WALES – At the intersection of Scenic Highway and Burns Avenue, the road with entrances to Bok Tower Gardens and Lake Wales High School, is a vacant concrete mixing plant that is anything but scenic.

The Polk County Tourist Development Council recently released a list of county events that would receive money collected from the annual county “Hotel Tax.” Tax money from hotel stays and short-term leases is given to non-profit organizations that host events which lead to more overnight gue…

POLK COUNTY - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign of Polk County Coordinator David Waller earned the Southeast United States Coordinator of the Year at a training conference near Washington, D.C., Sept. 12.

Orlando attorney John Morgan plowed another $374,000 last month into a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the minimum wage in Florida, as the effort gets close to meeting a petition-signature requirement.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis wants lawmakers to double fines for sewage spills into waterways and to lock an environmental-funding pledge into state budgets for at least the next three years.

WINTER HAVEN – During a three-hour meeting to discuss next year's city budget Aug. 21, which must be finalized by the end of September, city staff pitched several new project proposals.

WINTER HAVEN – During an Aug. 26 discussion about next year's city budget, City Manager Mike Herr proposed changes to how trash, recycling and street sweeping services may be conducted next year if approved by the city commissioners.

POLK COUNTY – After five onsite visits, Florida Department of Environmental Protection staff filed a court petition Aug. 27 to force the owners of Crooked Lake Park Sewerage Company to fix an old, privately owned sewage treatment plant near Lake Wales.

The Florida Supreme Court last week agreed to take up a request by Gov. Ron DeSantis to consider whether a state law properly carries out a constitutional amendment granting voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences.

POLK COUNTY – Luis Rodriguez recently sent the Sun a collection of court documents and a string of internal emails from social workers assigned to his daughter, Geneva, who was sheltered at birth in September of 2017 because her mother had allegedly used drugs during the pregnancy.

POLK COUNTY – There will be two county commission public hearings in September to debate whether to raise impact fees that benefit Polk County Public Schools in January 2020.

LAKE WALES – At a recent Lake Wales City Commission meeting, Finance Director Dorothy Abbot told the commissioners that taxes would remain the same as last year but that, because of the amount of proposed spending next year, city staff would need to draw from the city’s reserves fund.

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners has approved a plan outlined by Roads and Drainage engineer Jay Jarvis that will help alleviate troublesome flooding around Crooked Lake near Babson Park.

WINTER HAVEN – During the general election on Nov. 8, 2016, Florida and Polk County voters overwhelmingly approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2. The passing of that legislation now allows state residents who are suffering from qualifying co…

WINTER HAVEN – In order to have enough money to fund the $25 million Chain of Lakes Fieldhouse renovations without having to reduce funding for other city projects, last year Winter Haven City Manager Mike Herr recommended that the city commission raise taxes for the first time in many years.

LAKE WALES — Over the past year or so, staff with the city planning firm of Dover, Kohl & Partners, out of Coral Gables, have been hosting public meetings in Lake Wales to discuss ways of revitalizing the city.

BARTOW — The former Union Academy High School — currently Union Academy Magnet Middle School — received a historic marker Saturday, July 26, recognizing the school that started in 1897.

The Florida Department of Education released grades for individual schools and school districts last week and officials for Polk County Public Schools were pleased to see the district maintain its “B” grade for the 2018-19 school year.

WINTER HAVEN — When Hurricane Irma blew through Florida in 2017 and took the steeple of First Baptist Church of Winter Haven with it, it was an unfortunate development for the church’s congregation — especially given the age of the steeple.

The much-anticipated brewery slated to open in downtown Bartow now has a name and a logo — and the moniker and art are a direct callback to the history of the building the brewery will occupy.

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