Florida, known for its beautiful beaches, natural wonders and vibrant tourist attractions, continues to grow rapidly.
As the odometer rolls over on the New Year next week, Bartowans (and any residents of neighboring communities who care to join us) will celebrate this annual milestone in a unique fashion.
Polk State College is celebrating a successful 2019 thanks to the Polk County Legislative Delegation, and the College is optimistic ahead of the 2020 Legislative Session that the support of local legislators will ensure continued access to a Polk State education for all residents of Polk Cou…
“Frisbie,” the kindly old colonel told me a few months after I joined the Florida National Guard in 1964, “you and I are the last guardians of the printed word in this brigade.”
This month, a significant agreement was forged between Polk State College and Florida Polytechnic University. The arrangement establishes the first academic pathway for students to go from Polk State to the state’s only STEM-dedicated institution.
When several hundred intellectually gifted middle school youngsters return to class at Union Academy Middle Magnet School and its International Baccalaureate curriculum this month, they will be the 122nd class to be educated at a school with one of the most diverse and remarkable histories i…
Detectives and crime analysts at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have noticed a growing trend in what are referred to as “distraction thefts” or “quick-change scams.”
Ask a veteran of the armed forces for two dates in his or her life, and in my experience they will be able to tell you the date entered on active duty and the date released to civilian life.
The past two columns have shared memories of a small neighborhood off Havendale Boulevard near Lake Jessie. Born in the mid-1950s, the developers named the area Biltmore Shores.
This is a rather depressing statistic to begin with, but it’s very important. In 2018, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigated a total of 80 fatal crashes.
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.
To our faithful readers: I inadvertently omitted to send this first installment of “Early Polk History.” You have read Parts II and III. Now for Part 1. My apologies.
Polk State College is celebrating a successful 2019 Legislative Session as Governor Ron DeSantis has signed the state budget which includes funding to preserve the Polk State JD Alexander Center — our Lake Wales Campus — and recurring operational support.
The year was 1928 and M. F. Hetherington was the retired publisher of the Lakeland Evening Telegram. It was this year that he published “The History of Polk County” — a 379-page compilation of early Polk history and biographical information of some of the county’s leading citizens.
Back in my elementary and junior high school days (we’re talking about the late 1940s and early 1950s) one of the most vile insults you could hurl without getting your mouth washed out with soap was to call a classmate a Yankee.
Many of us take for granted that, when the new school year rolls around, it’s totally normal for each 5-year-old boy and girl to enroll in kindergarten, then go school shopping with mom or dad to buy new school supplies, backpacks, and clothes.
For those of us fortunate enough to complete a career of 40 to 50 years, and who choose retirement, the most frequent question we hear is “What are you going to do now?”
Last month, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced a large-scale, headline-grabbing prostitution sting that netted 154 arrests.
Of the many bosses I have had — in journalism and the military (both active Army and Florida Army National Guard) — Malcolm Johnson was arguably the most colorful.
This is the time to celebrate students academic and educational success. Let’s cheer on the students that earned their way to obtaining straight A’s, the honor roll, and dean’s list.