LAKELAND — Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration at their newest location at 3350 Harden Blvd. in Lakeland on Wednesday. This new location is their eighth location with others in Sebring, Auburndale, Clermont, Haines City, Lakeland-Highla…
Polk County Clerk & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield is putting the brakes on collection fees – for one day only – as part of Operation Green Light.
Dennis Adams, a resident of Winter Haven has retired as a transportation supervisor for the four Central Florida dealerships of the Mahalak Auto Group.
A progressive dinner — or “safari supper” as they call it in the United Kingdom — is a meal in which you go to different locations for each course.
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.
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.
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 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.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives developed information in September of 2020 that a source of illegal narcotics was trafficking methamphetamine from Colorado to Polk County.
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.
The City of Davenport's Annual Spooky Halloween and Trunk or Treat event will take place on Saturday, October 31, from 6-9 p.m. at Lewis Mathews Field — located at 400 Palm Street.
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…
First Presbyterian Church in Haines City opens its food pantry every Wednesday from noon until 1 p.m. at 104 Scenic Highway. For more information, call (863) 422-3334.
FROSTPROOF – Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Amanda Lynn Brown Sept. 23 for fraudulently setting up a GoFundMe account to benefit the families of Brandon Rollins, Keven Springfield and Damion Tillman.
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.
Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted state COVID-19 business restrictions Friday, Sept. 25, including limits on the numbers of people who can dine in restaurants, while also prohibiting local governments from closing restaurants and collecting fines from people who don’t wear face masks in public.
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.
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.
Over the last six months, COVID-19 has been life-changing for many business owners at the Cagan Crossings Town Center, located in Clermont in the Four Corners region of Lake County.
Northridge Church will host “The Return - A National Day of Prayer.” The simulcast will be shown from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The church is located at 2250 State Road 17 South in Haines City.
Last week, a Bartow man was ushered out of the Polk Board of County Commissioners’ annual budget public hearing after raising questions about the county's proposed $20 fire service assessment increase.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida continues to see a steady decline in first-time unemployment claims, even as several large hospitality and entertainment companies have extended and imposed large-scale layoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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.