On Sept. 17, America quietly observed Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.
“Frisbie,” the kindly old colonel told me a few months after I joined the Florida National Guard in 1964, “you and I are the last guardians of the printed word in this brigade.”
When several hundred intellectually gifted middle school youngsters return to class at Union Academy Middle Magnet School and its International Baccalaureate curriculum this month, they will be the 122nd class to be educated at a school with one of the most diverse and remarkable histories i…
Detectives and crime analysts at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have noticed a growing trend in what are referred to as “distraction thefts” or “quick-change scams.”
Ask a veteran of the armed forces for two dates in his or her life, and in my experience they will be able to tell you the date entered on active duty and the date released to civilian life.
The past two columns have shared memories of a small neighborhood off Havendale Boulevard near Lake Jessie. Born in the mid-1950s, the developers named the area Biltmore Shores.
This is a rather depressing statistic to begin with, but it’s very important. In 2018, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigated a total of 80 fatal crashes.
During the month of July 2019, Polk County Animal Control is offering a new promotion — “Sizzling Saturdays” — with free pet adoptions every Saturday in July to help adopt out as many wonderful cats and dogs as we can and see them go to loving homes.
To our faithful readers: I inadvertently omitted to send this first installment of “Early Polk History.” You have read Parts II and III. Now for Part 1. My apologies.
Polk State College is celebrating a successful 2019 Legislative Session as Governor Ron DeSantis has signed the state budget which includes funding to preserve the Polk State JD Alexander Center — our Lake Wales Campus — and recurring operational support.
The year was 1928 and M. F. Hetherington was the retired publisher of the Lakeland Evening Telegram. It was this year that he published “The History of Polk County” — a 379-page compilation of early Polk history and biographical information of some of the county’s leading citizens.
Back in my elementary and junior high school days (we’re talking about the late 1940s and early 1950s) one of the most vile insults you could hurl without getting your mouth washed out with soap was to call a classmate a Yankee.
Last month, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced a large-scale, headline-grabbing prostitution sting that netted 154 arrests.
This is the time to celebrate students academic and educational success. Let’s cheer on the students that earned their way to obtaining straight A’s, the honor roll, and dean’s list.
The 2019 Legislative Session concluded May 4 with the budget now awaiting Governor Ron DeSantis’ approval. For the second time in three years, $2.5 million of Polk State College’s recurring operational budget supporting our Lake Wales Campus — more than 5 percent of the College’s total budge…
Proactively saving the lives of our youth with positive programs should be a priority for Lawmakers serving the great state of Florida.
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler epitomizes the irrational HATRED he, his leftist allies in Congress and the drive-by media have towards President Trump.
Being a leader in a K-12 public school system — no matter if you are an educator, dean, assistant principal, principal, district administrator or the superintendent — is challenging every single day.
In the unincorporated areas of Polk County, we are currently enjoying a 46-year low crime rate. You may have heard me mention that before, but it’s an awesome statistic — and one that really shows how great it is to live here.
As many know, I have lived in Winter Haven my entire life. This beautiful City and all it has to offer is very important to me and my family, and it is with tremendous pride that I serve on the City Commission as your Mayor. Our special Winter Haven experiences create a unique sense of commu…
Right on the heels of utter devastation wrought by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, comes an alarming report in the prestigious journal Nature that mitigation of global climate change will require a massive switch to plant-based eating.
This election is critically important because we will frequently be choosing between candidates who endorse God-given rights or candidates who endorse godless immoral socialism. America was founded with a hand on the Bible and an understanding that life, liberty and a (moral) pursuit of happ…
As I look back over my life, I can remember talking too much in an elementary school class. After being disciplined and accepting my punishment, I was given a second chance. One day, when I was in junior high school, I was late to class. I walked all the way from my place of living, Eaton Pa…
Better roads. Better parks. Better community. Winter Haven is a vibrant community, one that has seen many exciting transformations. Our government has worked with businesses, community leaders and citizens to carefully plan for those changes. We are now poised to build on the successes of th…
“In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.” Those are the words written in 1971 by Judge Hugo Black in the 6-3 (New York Times Co. vs Uni…