Back in 1964, only a few weeks into my Florida National Guard career that would last for 30 years, Col. Ed Chassee, deputy commander of what was then the 53rd Armored Brigade, called me aside and said, “Frisbie, you and I are guardians of the printed word in this brigade.”
As mentioned from time to time over the years, my classmates in the Summerlin Institute Class of 1958 awarded me — with ample justification — the title of “Least Athletic.”
If you’ve lived in Polk County for any length of time, you know that when it comes to keeping people safe, our city and county departments are committed to working together across jurisdictional and bureaucratic boundaries.
I’m sure everyone is familiar with the case where an actor reported to the Chicago Police Department that he had been physically attacked and called some pretty nasty things. We know how that turned out, but the case did shed some light on a big problem.
One of the most remarkable crimes in Polk County’s history, my Dad always maintained, was the robbery of a Fort Meade bank in 1957 by two men — both drunk — who utilized two airplanes (one of them stolen) and a kidnapped law enforcement officer’s patrol car for transportation.
In 1945, John B. Thornhill, son of Columbus Thornhill, told the local newspaper of his family’s arrival in the area. Columbus Thornhill was one of the area’s earliest residents, having come to the area from Georgia in 1865.
It seems hard to believe — almost impossible to believe — that little more than 100 years ago the women of this country did not have the right to vote. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its passage on August 18, 2020, and the general election that…
You’ve probably hear me say once or twice that I’ve been in the law enforcement business for a long, long time — four decades, as a matter of fact. I started out in what was called the “radio room” and my dad had to buy the bullets when I became a deputy, because I was too young. If you need…
Over the past several years there has been a very public discussion about the future of downtown’s historic Ritz Theatre. After a group of concerned local business leaders offered to serve on the struggling theatre’s Board and were rebuffed, a “Friends of the Ritz Theatre” group formed and t…
A civic club program presented by the American Cancer Society last week brought back memories of smoking — from a standpoint of both etiquette and health — memories that date back couple of generations.
- Local leaders gather in support of Polk State's Lake Wales Campus
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- Lake Wales Chamber celebrates Citizen of the Year
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- Polk County Board of Commissioners discuss budget