Some Florida Department of Transportation staff have called it the most significant infrastructure-building project since the 1950s – an effort to build three new toll roads across the state in the coming years.
Polk County Clerk & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield is putting the brakes on collection fees – for one day only – as part of Operation Green Light.
Polk County Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd and her staff recently suggested school board members vote to approve a rule that would make it unethical for board members not to support a school policy once it is instated.
HAINES CITY — Passersby on U.S. Highway 27 can easily spot the turquoise blue building that is home to Sisters Junktiques Vintage Market.
Supporters of the Central Florida Development Council celebrated more than $700 million in various capital investments in Polk County over the course of the past few years during the organization's annual meeting Oct. 15, held at the Polk State College Center for Public Safety in Winter Haven.
Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center (CFVIC) will host the trick-or-treating event “Ghosts, Goblins & Goodies” on Saturday, Oct. 24.
On Oct. 14, officials and staff for Citrus Connection bid farewell to Citrus Connection Board Chairman John Hall with a special ceremony prior to his final board meeting.
Early voting began in Polk County this past Monday, Oct. 19, and more than a few county residents took advantage of that fact.
Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center in Davenport will host a weekly Flea and Farmers Market beginning Thursday, Oct. 29, and continuing through May 6, 2021.
WINTER HAVEN – One of the city’s best-kept secrets, Mann Lake-Stromberg’s is tucked away among warehouses and commercial buildings in an industrial park on Lucerne Park Road.
Polk County Public Schools is asking parents, employees and community members to share their thoughts on what’s needed in the district’s next superintendent.
Polk County Fire Rescue has equipped all 43 of its medical rescue units with new Z Vent portable ventilators that staff say will help save lives not only during the coronavirus pandemic, but for years to come.
Couples preparing to tie the knot have faced a lot of obstacles in 2020 and Polk County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller Stacy Butterfield hopes that the office’s new online marriage application will make the process of applying for a marriage license easier.
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will examine all aspects of the Haines City Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, HCPD Chief Jim Elensky announced last week.
Three Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies defended themselves with lethal force Wednesday, Oct. 14, when a Polk County resident living near Frostproof rushed them while holding a machete over his head.
DAVENPORT– Roughly nine months after breaking ground, the $85 million state-of-the-art high school being built in the northeast area of Polk County was recently named Davenport High School.
Polk State College will hold commencement ceremonies this academic year and invites the graduates of 2020 and spring 2021 to participate on May 6, 2021. The college will host a virtual celebration on December 10, 2020, for fall 2020 graduates.
HAINES CITY – Winter Haven Police Department officers won first place in the “Hoops & Heroes” fundraiser basketball tournament, held Oct. 2 to benefit the Ridge Community High School Lady Bolts basketball team.
POLK COUNTY – During a Polk County Public Schools work session Sept. 29, staff said that while the district is in no imminent financial threat at the moment, next fiscal year could be a different story.
The office of Polk Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards announced Oct. 1 that ballots are now available for eligible voters who wish to vote by mail in the general election on November 3.
CHAMPIONSGATE – In 2019, when Melissa Chivers started a girls golf group, her goal was to eventually have 30 students.
KISSIMMEE – Just when you thought it safe to come out on Halloween, Scream n' Stream is here.
In a rapid-fire public hearing last week, the Polk County Commission put it's final stamp of approval on a $1.79 billion budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, lowered the property tax rate and, in earlier action, okayed a development in the Kathleen area — despite protests from neighboring p…
For the 11th consecutive year, the millage rate for Osceola County residents remains unchanged, as Osceola County Commissioners approved a $1.6 billion FY 2021 budget Sept. 21 that provides necessary services to the citizens with a continued focus on transportation, housing services and publ…
POLK COUNTY – Among other things, on Friday Sept. 25 Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended the collection of fines by local governments for those in violation of mask mandates.
POSNER PARK — Speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Citrus Connection’s Posner Park's Park-and-Ride facility, Haines City Mayor Morris West suggested that this was how things ought to work.
HAINES CITY – The 38th Annual Pig Roast & Political Rally, hosted by the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce, will be held Friday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. at Balmoral Resort.
Haines City’s Food Truck Marketplace has been going strong for more than a month. Now, it’s time to give it a proper welcome.
After only six years in existence, Florida Polytechnic University made its first appearance in the national rankings of the prestigious U.S News and World Report as a top-75 engineering college without a doctorate degree.
HAINES CITY – The city commission passed a slight tax increase Sept. 17, as defined by state law.
Staff for AdventHealth say the healthcare provider invested $1.2 billion in Central Florida in 2019, furthering its commitment to caring for the region’s most vulnerable and addressing key issues like food insecurity, mental health and overall access to care.
As conditions continue to diminish at Kissimmee’s Star Motel, located near Four Corners, Osceola County’s Human Services Department is working to secure safe accommodations for the property’s residents in partnership with local organizations.
The motto of Ridge Community High School is "Once a bolt, always a bolt." For its new principal, Angela Clark, that has rung especially true since it is the only school she has worked at since moving to Florida in 2005.
HAINES CITY – The Ridge Community High School girls’ basketball program is teaming with the Haines City Police Department’s COPS unit for a fundraiser called “Hoops & Heroes.”
DAVENPORT — The love of America’s pastime is alive and well for two Davenport youth baseball travel teams.
DAVENPORT – Impaired while on a drug called acid, a 19-year-old from Orlando who had been staying with friends at a Four Corners area hotel wandered to a nearby apartment complex and wound up fatally shot in the early hours of Sept. 6.