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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 – 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.

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