An attempted armed robbery has left one victim recovering from a gunshot wound and authorities from the Polk County Sheriff's Office seeking the public's help in finding those responsible.
WINTER HAVEN — Once upon a time, roughly 50 years ago, a community theater got its start thanks to two actual clowns making their way through town.
WINTER HAVEN – Over the past 100 years or so, it's been relatively cheap to draw water out of the Floridan Aquifer and pipe it to your home or business.
WINTER HAVEN – At the end of a Winter Haven City Commission meeting Sept. 10, City Commissioner Pete Chichetto announced that he will not be running for reelection in November.
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.
BARTOW — Thanks to a new accreditation, Polk residents can now think of the Polk County History Center as the county’s own mini-Smithsonian.
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.
The Polk Education Foundation (PEF) is proud to announce its 10th annual “Stepping Out for Education” event, a Dancing with the Stars-type fundraiser to be held on Friday, September 20, 2019, at the RP Funding Center.
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.
On Sept. 7, Poinciana Medical Center partnered with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and joined nearly 60 other facilities under the banner of its parent company, HCA Healthcare, as part of its “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day.
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.
HAINES CITY – The Haines City Economic Development Council and the City of Haines City will hold its Fourth Annual Economic Summit on Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Eva Event Hall.
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.
WINTER HAVEN – If you are going to ask Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese about the countries she has visited, make sure you have a few minutes to kill — it might take a while.
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.
WINTER HAVEN – Within the next month or so, 15 leaders from the Winter Haven community will start meeting to discuss ways to better use technology to make the city safer, help city staff become more engaged with residents and to help keep the city’s economy growing.
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.
Polk County Commissioners last week okayed spending $2.1 million to buy a 10-acre plot of land to upgrade and expand services to its northeast water treatment plant and also approved a suggested plan to alleviate flooding in the Crooked Lake area.
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.
HAINES CITY — Haines City Tennis was recognized as the 2019 grand prize winner by Tennis Thanks the Troops for last year’s fundraising efforts to support military families.
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.