SEBRING — Christmas decorating is red and green and gold, wreaths and trees, garland, glitter and tinsel and lights and more lights.

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FOUR CORNERS — The Florida Department of Education recently released the 2018-19 graduation rates for the state, its school districts and individual high schools and the four districts that comprise the Four Corners area are each celebrating either an improvement or a rate that is above the …

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POLK COUNTY – According to a statement made by Polk County Public Schools staff on the district’s Facebook page, about 1,520 district teachers — roughly 20 percent of the 6,800 teachers who are employed by the district, in total — were absent from school on Monday, Jan. 13, to attend the “Ta…

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LAKE WALES – Four of the best carillon artists in the world will tour their way through performances at bell towers in Florida, part of a spring series of recitals associated with the Florida Carillon Festival — with each making a stop in Polk County at Bok Tower Gardens.

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POLK COUNTY — The Polk County Fire Rescue department is hiring, with some 62 vacancies the department is trying diligently to fill with firefighters, EMTs and paramedics.


Osceola Regional Medical Center staff started the new year — and decade — by celebrating the birth of a New Year’s Day baby. Amarah Raegan Pierre was born at 1:50 p.m. on January 1, weighing three pounds and 15.5 ounces. Her proud parents, Tiffany Garth and Dwight Pierre, from Kissimmee, wer…

POLK COUNTY – Three quarters of the annual Polk Museum of Art exhibit budget for 2020 has been designated for single exhibit, one which will be on display beginning Feb. 8 and through to May 31.

WINTER HAVEN – Hundreds of area residents attended the grand opening “tip off” of the AdventHealth Fieldhouse & Conference Center at Chain of Lakes Park Saturday, Jan. 4.

The holiday hype continues through this Sunday over in Lake Nona. Have you been wanting to find a skating rink to visit with your friends or family? Lake Nona offers a great choice. The open-air rink is surrounded by twinkling lights and Christmas trees. This Friday, the rink will be open fr…


Ed Patterson, a man living in the Clermont area who has Alzheimer’s disease, was recently honored with the Community Service award on Sunday, December 15th, at the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida’s annual holiday concert, titled “Holidays at Hard Rock Live with Jordin Sparks.”

The Feast of the Three Kings is an intricate part of Latin Folklore and, traditionally, this day is very important — especially for children, for it is on this eve that they will receive their gifts.

Lake County Development Services is pleased to offer One Stop Permitting, a new and improved workflow that streamlines the services of Lake County’s Office of Building Services and the Office of Planning and Zoning.

The Hallmark Channel presents “Holidays at Legoland” this season! You can expect glistening lights, yummy treats, upbeat Christmas tunes and more. Besides the rides, there are also plenty of festive Lego sights to see as you walk around the park this month as we close out the year.

It's been more than two weeks since Polk County's health department issued a rabies alert for two county communities, but no additional incidents have been reported, according to the Florida Department of Health's Polk office.

POLK COUNTY – On Nov. 13, the Polk Regional Water Cooperative unanimously voted to move forward with a plan to borrow around $250 million from the federal government.

WINTER HAVEN – Straughn Trout Architects staff told the Winter Haven City Commission Sept. 10 that it could cost as much as $15 million to consolidate city employees into two buildings, transferring most into a renovated Nora Mayo Hall sometime in the future.

LAKE WALES – At the intersection of Scenic Highway and Burns Avenue, the road with entrances to Bok Tower Gardens and Lake Wales High School, is a vacant concrete mixing plant that is anything but scenic.