BARTOW — Thanks to a new accreditation, Polk residents can now think of the Polk County History Center as the county’s own mini-Smithsonian.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
POLK COUNTY – On Friday, Aug. 9, the last weekday before the start of the school year, Florida Department of Education staff sent notification to Polk County Public Schools officials that dozens of teachers would have to either change the classes they taught or, in some cases, even change sc…
WINTER HAVEN — The building at the corner of Avenue A NW and Second Street NW in downtown Winter Haven is most readily identified by the bank it houses on its first floor.
HAINES CITY — Speaking to the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce at the Lake Eva Events Center August 15, State Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit Brian Haas delivered remarks aimed at helping the assembled leaders handle law enforcement matters related to business.
Polk County commissioners recently took the first step in a system-wide upgrade of the county’s computer systems that could ultimately cost up to $5 million over the next several years.
LAKE WALES – At the end of a Lake Wales City Commission meeting Aug. 6, Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson started a discussion about the recent gun violence tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
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.
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 — 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.
LAKE WALES – Staff and supporters of Circle of Friends Ministry hosted a grand reopening of their thrift shop at 129 East Stuart Avenue in downtown Lake Wales July 10.
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.
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.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested a 36-year-old Winter Haven woman July 11 — three days after she was found passed-out from cocaine while inside a hot car with two small children.