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.
POLK COUNTY – Earlier this year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission made a decision to temporarily halt all aquatic herbicide spraying of Florida’s lakes and rivers over public concern that the practice was contributing to algae blooms downstream and negatively impacting f…
WINTER HAVEN – Thomas Bradley Beauregard — known to many as “Papa Tom” — described Winter Haven as his “Haven of Rest in the Lord” prior to passing recently.
POLK COUNTY – The Nancy Slater Cowboy Camp Obstacle Trail Park opened June 8, just west of Indian Lakes Estates and north of State Road 60 in the Kissimmee River Valley.
DAVENPORT – Generally speaking, at the onset of most city commission meetings, there may be a proclamation or two -- statements in support of local groups or initiatives. These proclamations are rarely controversial, but over the past month that pattern was irregular.
WINTER HAVEN – Winter Haven High School Class of 2018 graduate Kassie Provost traveled to France with the Florida State University Marching Chiefs band to participate in France’s official D-Day Normandy Parade June 3-10.
LAKE WALES – Longtime Mid Florida Youth Football & Cheerleading Conference coach Richard Deloach was honored June 4 by the Lake Wales City Commission for his 35 years of experience working with local children.
WINTER HAVEN – City of Winter Haven staff met with several city residents during the first “Community Conversation Series” event at the Winter Haven Recreation and Cultural Center June 7.
BARTOW – Karen Kerr, now in her third month as president of Bartow Regional Medical Center, said her primary goal is for the hospital to continue to grow in Bartow and to increase community care by the non-profit business.
LAKE WALES – Over the past several weeks, Lake Wales code enforcement officers, Lake Wales Police officers, city staff and real estate developer Ray Brown have had incidents of conflict.
Polk County Commissioners recently told county parks officials to proceed with plans to continue upgrading the county’s Lake Gwyn Park in Wahneta with Community Development Block Grant funds.
BARTOW – With Bartow City Commissioners amending a few codes, a subdivision of up to 74 new homes may be located behind Walmart, off U.S. 17, and will also include a small shopping area.
BARTOW – To mark the 100th anniversary of the American Legion – and the 100th anniversary of the American Legion Post 3 in Bartow – the local chapter honored World War II veteran Bill Hand with a Quilt of Valor.
WINTER HAVEN – Four graduates of Polk County Public Schools were inducted into the Polk County Public Schools Hall of Fame Friday, May 31, at the Lake Ashton clubhouse.
LAKE WALES – At the May 21 Lake Wales City Commission meeting, Lake Ashton resident Borden Deane alleged that, 20 years ago, the developer of Lake Ashton paid $19,800 in impact fees so city staff could build sidewalks from the retirement community down Thompson Nursery Road to U.S. 27.
WINTER HAVEN – On May 17, John Greg Wood, a pioneer in Winter Haven real estate development, passed away — one day after his 95th birthday.
DAVENPORT — When Brian Kier walked across the stage as a Clemson University graduate with a bachelors degree in elementary education in hand, he never expected one day he’d be an advocate for schools of the arts because, at that time, his heart was still on the football field.
Last week, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced a large-scale, six-day prostitution sting that netted 154 arrests — including 75 sex solicitors and 69 suspected prostitutes.
Polk County’s Board of County Commissioners has started negotiating with a local landowner to buy some 30 acres of property on which to build a new government center to serve the rapidly developing northeast portion of the county.