CHAMPIONSGATE — Like so much else during the pandemic, the work of the Four Corners Area Council and the "Four Corners, One Vision" initiative it is spearheading had to pause and adapt.
Polk County commissioners decided last week to redo, replace, rejuvenate and initiate a variety of projects — and approved the funds to do all of the above.
Two implementation agreements that officials say will help build the access to Polk’s future water supply were approved by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners on April 20.
Haines City Deputy City Manager Jeffrey E. Brown submitted a letter of resignation on Friday, April 16, stating that his resignation will be effective May 14 if accepted by the city commission.
The Davenport City Commission honored the life of Walter James Henderson on April 19. Henderson, who died recently, was the the first Black police officer to be hired by the City of Davenport. Family was in attendance to accept the proclamation.
Best Friends Animal Society and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services have come together to save vulnerable kittens through a new shelter diversion and foster program.
An entrepreneurial team of Florida Polytechnic University students has earned thousands of dollars in funding for the development of an innovative gesture-control device for electric longboards.
Polk State College, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County (DOH-Polk), will host an on-site COVID-19 vaccination event for Polk State students, faculty, staff, and their families.
DAVENPORT — During a Davenport City Commission meeting on April 5, Commissioner Tom Fellows noted that he had heard a rumor that someone from Haines City may have reached out to Davenport City Manager Kelly Callihan about taking over Deric Feacher's old job.
NORTHEAST POLK – Home organization is trending.
Polk County Public Schools hosted a pandemic-safe version of its annual All-County Fine Arts Festival on April 9 and 10.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting involving a Winter Haven Police Department Sergeant that occurred in the Orchid Springs area near Winter Haven Saturday night, April 17, at approximately 10:10 p.m.
WINTER HAVEN — Flanked by uniformed law-enforcement officers, including Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed into law a controversial law-and-order measure sparked by nationwide protests that erupted last year after George Floyd’s death.
Five finalists vying to become the next superintendent of Polk County Public Schools will take part in a whirlwind of activities this week.
With Haines City City Manager Deric Feacher having been offered and accepted the same role for the City of Daytona Beach, formal goodbyes have begun.
Davenport Vice Mayor Brynn Summerlin was candid in sharing his opinion about the Polk Regional Water Cooperative during a city commission meeting April 5.
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County, in partnership with Polk County Board of County Commissioners, has closed Polk County’s COVID-19 vaccine portal.
Winter Haven High School student Kamya Williams, holding a plaque, and other Polk County Students Working Against Tobacco — known as Polk County SWAT — have been traveling around the county in April accepting proclamations.
Polk County Public Schools staff announced April 15 the school district will continue to require face coverings for the remainder of this current school year (2020-21).
WINTER HAVEN – Last year, an incredible 798 dogs got a second chance with forever homes thanks to Stefanie Badillo and her Crossed Paws Pet Rescue.
DAVENPORT – Twenty-five thousand.
HAINES CITY — The city manager of Haines City, Deric Feacher, has been chosen to become the next city manager of Daytona Beach, pending contract approval.
HAINES CITY – The Haines City Police Department announced last week it has again been recognized as a nationally-accredited law enforcement agency.
The Boy Scouts of America’s Greater Tampa Bay Area Council held a record-shattering Scouting for Food Drive in February, with scouts assembling more than 45,000 pounds of food for local pantries across their nine-county territory.
NORTHEAST POLK — On March 15, the Davenport City Commission initiated the process of annexing another 138 acres of land into its city limits.
The George W. Harris Youth Shelter in Bartow is the only emergency shelter for children in Polk County.
Polk County Commissioners recently learned that proposed improvements to both Cypress Parkway and Marigold Avenue, in the northeast area of the county, will cost about $45 million — and they also learned that the project has fallen about six months behind its original schedule.
HAINES CITY — Plans for transforming a former industrial fertilizer plant into a new public park in Haines City were potentially set back following a Florida Department of Environmental Protection study, the findings of which were recently released.
Legoland Florida Resort staff recently applied for a permit to build a shade structure that is more than an acre in size. The shade will be used to cover a portion of the theme park called “Miniland USA.”
On March 26, the Lake Wales Police Department published a press release and a 197-page document detailing the Polk County Sheriff's Office independent investigation regarding the arrest of Lake Wales resident Chris Cordero. PCSO staff concluded that two LWPD officers had done nothing crimina…
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced that all Floridians ages 40 and older will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday and that all adults will be eligible on April 5.
The Haines City Historical Museum is continuing its mission of preserving the city’s history and heritage even as complications from COVID-19 have made operations more challenging.
A major talking point for the Florida High School Athletic Association – reclassification – gained some clarity this month and that included new districts and regions for the 2021 varsity football season.
On March 16, the City of Davenport posted an update to its official Facebook page on its new community center, which is under construction.
The Polk County School Board held an emergency meeting to discuss pay raises for some teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff on March 16.
Registered voters in the municipalities of Bartow, Dundee, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales and Lakeland who are planning to participate in the April 6 Municipal Elections have three easy ways to vote, according to Polk Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards.
On Friday evening, March 19, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested three PCSO deputies and charged them with felonies related to evidence tampering.
From shooting hoops to creating jobs in Polk County, one star-studded athlete is part of a new sports-themed restaurant concept that is open for business.
Last week, Polk County Commissioners approved the beginning of construction for the new Northeast Government Center in Lake Alfred.
Bobby Williams grew up around Eloise and says he never even set foot inside a church until he was 32.
Residents living in some areas southwest of Winter Haven argued to the Polk Board of County Commissioners last week against the development of Spirit Landings, a planned development of about 65 homes on a triangular parcel of land bounded by Spirit Lake Road, Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road and L…