The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding Free Vessel Safety Check for Boat or Jet Ski Crafts with the Polk County Flotilla of the USCG Auxiliary on July 14, between the hours of 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Lake Shipp in Winter Haven.

WINTER HAVEN – Winter Haven Hospital and Winter Haven Women’s Hospital recently honored 31 exceptional nurses as part of BayCare Health System’s Nurses’ Week celebration. The nurses were selected by their peers and chosen from every patient care unit across the two hospitals. The Professiona…

LAKE WALES - For the past 14 or so years, there have been two public middle schools in Lake Wales. Bok Academy is a consistently A-rated school administered by the Lake Wales Charter School Board of Trustees. The other is McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy, which has received two…

POLK COUNTY - For the past several weeks, county commissioners have debated raising property taxes $150M over the next 10 years. At a workshop Friday, July 6, commissioners scaled that back to a tax hike of around $122M.

WINTER HAVEN – Public Works Director MJ Carnevale presented his first Annual Lakes Report to the City Commission July 9.

WINTER HAVEN – Number crunchers with the Polk County Board of County Commissioners plus staff with the cities of Winter Haven, Haines City, Lake Alfred and Lakeland were recently named as Distinguished Budget Presentation Award winners by the Government Finance Officers Association.

BARTOW - Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services candidate Denise Grimsley was the keynote speaker at a Tiger Bay Club of Polk County luncheon July 3.

LAKE WALES – The city will forgive a debt of $6,000 owed by the Lake Wales Woman’s Club which dates back to a 2015 loan used to help repair the building’s roof.

Effective today, Polk County has a new Fire Rescue Communications Specialist/Public Information Officer.

BARTOW – Journey into Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. The following programs and events are open to the public and free of charge:

BARTOW – The funding incentive the Community Redevelopment Agency offers prospective homeowners in the east end of town, will expand to the west side.

When the dust finally settled on this past off-season in Major League Baseball, it’s wasn’t a particularly happy time for local fans.

Just in the past few weeks, our detectives have investigated three separate incidents of “tech support” scams, during which Polk County victims had their money taken. The scammers in these cases identified themselves as representative from tech companies such as America Geeks, Microsoft Supp…

A DEEPER DIVE II – Time to take a look at a few more East Polk football schedules as we get ready for the Kickoff Classics on Aug. 17 and regular season openers Aug. 24. For good reasons, expectations are high at Lake Wales. The gauntlet comes early for the Highlanders, who play at home Sept…

Back when I was a little kid of 10 or so — we’re talking about maybe 1951 — one of my great adventures was to ride my bicycle a couple of miles to the Wonder House on the south side of Bartow and see the wonders that were aggregated there.

GETTING THE CALL – Haines City has a new football coach, but he’s an old face. Or should we say a familiar one at least. Olin Gee has been at Haines City for 32 years, all but four of them as a football assistant coach. He is a 1975 graduate of Winter Haven High School, and several times in …

Ask any cross-section of Havenites what they consider to be our community’s most valuable cultural assets and chances are a good many of them will point to Theatre Winter Haven. From the very first production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” back in 1946 to the current “Legally Blond, The Musical” …

SUPER SEVENS – It’s really not very practical to read much into the summer 7-on-7 tournaments that dot the high school football landscape, but it’s also a little hard to resist to try to read a tea leaf or two. Kathleen High took the trophy in last Saturday’s Polk County event, which drew a …

A DEEPER DIVE – We’re only about a month out from the start of the high school football season, so it’s a good time to start dissecting some of the scheduling quirks and oddities that teams in East Polk will have to put up with this year. And, with the new scoring format for determining play…

The October 16, 1966 local front page noted that American plane losses over North Vietnam had reached 403. President Johnson signed legislation increasing the cabinet to 12 members ... and the Soviets rejected his plan for improving relations. Here’s what was happening on the local scene.

THE TROPICS TWO-STEP – The Lakeland Tropics are hoping to be dancing in a couple of weeks, that’s another way of saying they hope to make the USL Premier Development League playoffs. Getting there is a definite two-step process. The Tropics were playing Tuesday night against IMG Academy Brad…

As we shared last week, Joe Spann, the former Library Manager for the Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library compiled a comprehensive look at how many Polk County lakes got their name. The origin of some names remains a mystery and some are speculation. Last week we looked at the na…

COACHING CAROUSEL SPINS AGAIN – Summertime is often the time when the high school coaching carousel spins, sometimes in not so predictable ways, and there were a couple of whirls worth noting in the last couple of weeks. Haines City’s football coach Mike Bonneville has stepped down after two…

According to the United States Census Bureau, just over 20% of Polk County’s population is made up of folks who are 65-years-old and up. Seniors are a frequent target of abuse, such as; physical and emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, sexual, financial, and healthcare fraud.

Back when I was in second or third grade — between the period when Diogenes was searching for an honest man and Ponce deLeon was searching for the Fountain of Youth — elementary school teachers labored tirelessly to teach their young charges good grammar.

LAKE WALES – Staff with the office of Senator Marco Rubio are trying to set up offices in every county in the state to make it easier for residents to seek help or provide feedback.

Bartow Regional Medical Center, Winter Haven Hospital and Winter Haven Women’s Hospital offer an array of support groups, screenings and healthy living activities in Polk County each month. The following events will be held in July.

Bartow Regional Medical Center, Winter Haven Hospital and Winter Haven Women’s Hospital offer an array of support groups, screenings and healthy living activities in Polk County each month. The following events will be held in July.

Bartow Regional Medical Center, Winter Haven Hospital and Winter Haven Women’s Hospital offer an array of support groups, screenings and healthy living activities in Polk County each month. The following events will be held in July.

LAKE WALES – Leaders from all six Lake Wales Charter Schools will continue focusing on four main areas over the next few school years, part of the “LWCS 2022” initiative that actually kicked off last year.

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