POLK COUNTY — Despite reports that as many as 1,600 Polk County Public Schools teachers could be absent on Monday, January 13, the district has repeatedly affirmed over the weekend its intention to remain open that day.
WINTER HAVEN – Hundreds of area residents attended the grand opening “tip off” of the AdventHealth Fieldhouse & Conference Center at Chain of Lakes Park Saturday, Jan. 4.
LAKE WALES – Just a few days before Lake Wales History Museum Founder Mimi Hardman passed away Dec. 13, current Lake Wales History Museum Director Jennifer D'hollander published a press release announcing a $125,000 fundraising campaign to create the Mimi Hardman Collections and Research Center.
LAKE WALES – Corporate staff with the air filter manufacturing corporation Pamlico Air, based out of North Carolina, recently announced plans to expand into Lake Wales.
POLK COUNTY – Over the course of the last month, city staff in Lake Wales and Frostproof made separate code enforcement decisions involving two pieces of private property, against the will of the property owners.
WINTER HAVEN – The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the newly constructed — and recently renamed — AdventHealth Fieldhouse at Chain of Lakes Park is to be held Saturday, Jan. 4, starting at 10:30 a.m.
POLK COUNTY — A Kissimmee man who delivers packages for Amazon was arrested last week for stealing a package he had delivered to a home in the Davenport area.
HAINES CITY – Last year was not an easy year for members of Polk County Fire Rescue, thanks largely in part to an incident that took place back in 2018.
The Hallmark Channel presents “Holidays at Legoland” this weekend. Those who attend can expect glistening lights, yummy treats, upbeat Christmas tunes and more. Besides the rides, there are also plenty of festive Lego sights to see as you walk around the park.
POLK COUNTY – For roughly the past year, Lake Ashton residents have been working toward a deal to purchase the two 18-hole golf courses located inside the large retirement subdivision, located a few miles west of Eagle Ridge Mall.
Haus 820 is one of my favorite venues in Central Florida and, this Friday, the historic industrial building will be packed with holiday shopping, cocktails, music, crafts and food. The market is dog-friendly — so bring along your furry family members for photos with Santa!
BARTOW — Bartow's 95-year-old Thompson and Company Cigar Factory was saved from the wrecking ball again last week when the Bartow City Commission agreed to delay action on the structure, located on Third Avenue, until sometime next year.
WINTER HAVEN – On Dec. 4, Lakeland Magic CEO Shelley Wilkes told the Winter Haven City Commission that AdventHealth had purchased naming rights for the city’s new fieldhouse and conference center. The $1.2 million contract will be valid for six years. The City of Winter Haven will receive 30…
WINTER HAVEN – The Winter Haven City Commission agreed to sell around $3.2 million of surplus land to Florida Caribbean Distillers staff Dec. 4 for the construction of an aluminum can manufacturing facility.
HAINES CITY — On Friday, Dec. 13, the Feltrim Group will hold a ribbon cutting celebration for the grand opening of its Feltrim Sports Village project.
WINTER HAVEN – A panel of judges recently selected two local families to be celebrated at the Third Annual Early Learning Coalition of Polk County Gala Nov. 14 at Venue650.
POLK COUNTY —A national investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, one which culminated with arrests and drug seizures on Thanksgiving Day, has taken 139 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 pounds of heroin off the streets.
It's been more than two weeks since Polk County's health department issued a rabies alert for two county communities, but no additional incidents have been reported, according to the Florida Department of Health's Polk office.
POLK COUNTY – On Nov. 13, the Polk Regional Water Cooperative unanimously voted to move forward with a plan to borrow around $250 million from the federal government.
WINTER HAVEN – On Nov. 4, the Winter Haven Planning Commission approved and recommended the city commission pass a new development at the corner of Cypress Gardens Boulevard and U.S. Highway 27 in the southeast area of town.
WINTER HAVEN – As the sun was setting on a brisk Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the newly-renovated South Central Park, representatives of the American Planning Association Florida chapter and dozens of Winter Haven city leaders celebrated the City of Winter Haven recently having been awarded the 2019…
BARTOW — In less than one year’s time, there have been three incidents at Mosaic's Bartow facility that were serious enough to mandate staff to alert government regulators, including one incident that occurred as recently as last month.
FROSTPROOF – A citrus corporation is expanding into Frostproof, staff announced to the Frostproof City Council Nov. 4, bringing with it upward of 90 jobs.
The ballots are cast, the votes counted and the results — though technically still unofficial — are in for Tuesday’s municipal elections in Polk County.
DUNDEE – In 2018, local mayors and commissioners representing residents living along the Lake Wales Ridge, with help from Ridge League of Cities staff, began lobbying Citrus Connection staff and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners for expanded Citrus Connection bus coverage.
WINTER HAVEN – After a light speed year of construction, City of Winter Haven Assistant City Manager T. Michael Stavres recently said Lakeland Magic training staff and City of Winter Haven employees were scheduled to begin moving in to their new office spaces at the Fieldhouse and Conference…
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday continued his full-throated support of a plan to increase minimum teacher salaries in Florida to $47,500, but Senate President Bill Galvano cautioned it might be difficult to carry out.
FORT MEADE – Less than a year after President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, making industrial hemp legal for interstate commerce, dozens of hemp farms have already been established across Florida.
POLK COUNTY – In 2018 and through much of 2019, hundreds of lawsuits were filed against Florida counties, municipalities and corporations alleging that disabled residents did not have equal access to government and corporate administered websites.