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.
WINTER HAVEN — City of Winter Haven Natural Resources Division staff and Lakes Advisory Committee volunteers published the Lakes Advisory Committee 2018 Annual Report July 9.
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 past two columns have shared memories of a small neighborhood off Havendale Boulevard near Lake Jessie. Born in the mid-1950s, the developers named the area Biltmore Shores.
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.
Polk County Commissioners will put their final stamp of approval on the board’s $1.7 billion budget next week, managing to hold down ad valorem taxes to last year’s level but raising the fire rescue and garbage pick-up fees.
LAKE WALES – Staff and supporters of Circle of Friends Ministry hosted a grand reopening of their thrift shop at 129 East Stuart Avenue in downtown Lake Wales July 10.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested a 36-year-old Winter Haven woman July 11 — three days after she was found passed-out from cocaine while inside a hot car with two small children.
WINTER HAVEN – On July 8, the Winter Haven City Commission voted down an ordinance that would have allowed a developer to tear down a house near Winter Haven High School and build a medical office parking lot in its place.
POLK COUNTY – Property Appraiser Marsha M. Faux published the Polk County Preliminary Tax Roll, a list of property values associated with new construction that is compared with years past, earlier this month.
With an uncharacteristic fist-pump, Polk County Attorney Michael Craig last month informed the Polk County Commission it had won it's eight-year battle with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice regarding a $4.8 million overpayment.
LAKE WALES – During a recent Lake Wales City Commission meeting, Lake Wales City Manager Ken Fields said that the Polk County Health Department clinic in Lake Wales near the Save-A-Lot grocery store on State Road 60 would be reducing services soon. Fields said that when Central Florida Healt…
WINTER HAVEN – The Winter Haven City Commission passed a resolution July 8 approving a $20,000 tax incentive package to lure an advanced manufacturing business to Winter Haven.
POLK COUNTY – Tenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brian Haas hosted a press conference Wednesday, July 3, during which he asked the gathered journalists to be careful in their coverage of cases such as the one involving Courtney Taylor Irby and Joseph Irby.
WINTER HAVEN — At the combined ribbon cutting last week for The Lodge and Black Oak Creative, two businesses sharing a newly renovated building at 332 Avenue B SW, Winter Haven Mayor Brad Dantzler recalled a recent trip he took to North Carolina.
POLK COUNTY – Virgin Train USA Vice President of Government Affairs Bob O’Malley spoke during the SVN Sanders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate I4 Commercial Corridor Conference June 28 at Florida Polytechnic University.
WINTER HAVEN – Legoland Florida Resort staff will still have a job and job benefits will remain the same if a recently proposed purchase offer is finalized.
WINTER HAVEN – On June 28, the Florida Attorney General’s Office filed a motion that nearly marks the end of court involvement with the Ritz Theatre in downtown Winter Haven.
Winter Haven High senior Christopher Skoll was awarded a $500 scholarship by the Polk County Retired Educators Association Unit II, which represents East Polk County, on May 6.
POLK COUNTY – Every day, 60,000 vehicles travel along U.S. Highway 27 between the Polk and Lake county line and State Road 60 in Lake Wales.
POLK COUNTY – Around a month ago, Polk State College staff learned that state legislators placed funding for the JD Alexander Center, a campus in downtown Lake Wales, as a line item in the proposed state budget.
WINTER HAVEN — In trying to express the transformation that has taken place in downtown Winter Haven in recent years, Kerry Wilson recalled anecdotes he had heard from area employers trying to hire talent from outside the Polk County market.
Some Polk County employees may soon have the ability to be armed while in the workplace if some Polk County Commissioners get their way.
WINTER HAVEN – On May 17, 2018, City of Winter Haven staff hosted a public hearing to discuss building a new skate park to replace the little-used skate park in Rotary Park. At the time, city staff were considering spending $330,000 in Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency funding on such …
POLK COUNTY – During a June 18 work session, the Polk County School Board authorized staff to continue working with area property owners in an attempt to purchase land for three new public schools in the Four Corners area.
POLK COUNTY – On Feb. 6, Davenport resident Charles Aguon II, the headmaster of a private school called Kingdom Prep in Auburndale and a man known to his students as “Pastor Tiger,” was arrested on multiple charges related to child molestation.
LAKE WALES – The Ridge Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity is seeking new sponsors and those interested in being an official yard sale location for the 11th Annual Ridge Scenic Highway 39-MILE Yard Sale.
WINTER HAVEN — A Polk County Sheriff’s Office press conference Thursday announced the arrest of an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy for sending pornographic images to a 9-year-old girl from Winter Haven.
WINTER HAVEN – In the 1980s, John William Butler Jr. — also known as “Baby Boy” — was a Winter Haven artist with plenty of promise. Three decades later, there is a push to preserve his work.
WINTER HAVEN – Chambers of commerce representing Northeast Polk, Winter Haven and Lake Wales partnered to host a legislative review breakfast at Cypresswood Golf & Country Club June 13.
Jason and Brittany Smith of Winter Haven recently won a free family portrait after they were randomly selected in a national sweepstakes coordinated by Pure Leaf staff, a tea made by the PepsiCo corporation.
LAKE WALES – Tenth Judicial Circuit Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Nelson recently ruled that Lake Wales resident Susan Strouse was strangulated by her estranged husband June 11.
WINTER HAVEN – Nicolas J. Barrios, a financial services investor in the Winter Haven area since 2000, was permanently barred from the industry June 11 for allegedly stealing business from his employer, according to recently published Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) documents.