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…

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.

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 — Hundreds of children Saturday got prepared for the start of the new school year when they went to Bartow Ford and to the Church Service Center for Back to School events.

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.

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.

During the month of July 2019, Polk County Animal Control is offering a new promotion — “Sizzling Saturdays” — with free pet adoptions every Saturday in July to help adopt out as many wonderful cats and dogs as we can and see them go to loving homes.

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…

BARTOW – Nearly 40 years ago, Bartow Mayor Billy Simpson and former Bartow resident Frank Rouse co-founded a committee of volunteers to organize an annual Fourth of July celebration in Bartow.

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.

A recent article in Business Facilities called Florida an “economic super-state,” praising the way our state “excels at getting people, products and services anywhere.”

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.

BARTOW – Last week, Bartow City Commissioners unanimously approved changing a section of land to “High-Density Residential” zoning that could accommodate more than 140 new apartments.

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.

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.

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