The local chapter of Civil Air Patrol is hosting an open house Saturday, July 31, at the Stotz Patterson Police Training Center / Polk County Composite Squadron, 36 Lake Idylwild Drive North in Winter Haven from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Directional signs will be posted.) Learn more about the Civi…
A Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a Davenport man after the suspect charged at the law enforcement officer with a knife.
Nearly $1.6 million in Community Development Block Grant Funds are helping to create more affordable housing in Polk through three projects in Lakeland and Lake Wales.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Judith Torres-Garcia of Fort Meade for aggravated manslaughter and other charges following the death of the baby.
A Haines City woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning in Poinciana, and the driver of the other vehicle was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for DUI manslaughter and other charges.
A Winter Haven man was arrested on June 30 by Polk County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes detectives for possessing over 600 images and videos containing child pornography.
On Thursday, June 24, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Andrew Scott, 50, of Lakeland, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
A Frostproof man, who fled to Mexico after causing a DUI crash that killed two people, was recently found and arrested.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are searching for two suspects in two separate incidents; one wanted for second-degree murder, one wanted for attempted murder.
A California man was arrested after he solicited sexual photos and videos from an 12-year-old Polk County girl.
Dozens of anglers took to the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes June 12 for the inaugural Culpepper's Cardiac Foundation Fishing for a Heart tournament. At 3 p.m. the anglers converged on Tanner's Lakeside for the weigh in and fellowship.The event featured DJ Redd, barbecue, a water slide and an a…
An Intercession City man and Davenport woman were arrested early Monday morning for breaking into Haines City Mayor Morris West’s home, ramming an officer and attempting to run over a K-9.
Two high school graduates received special recognition for achieving perfect attendance during their K-12 educational careers.
Polk County homicide detectives have arrested two 16-year-old suspects in the homicide of 17-year-old Taigur Taguri.
A Winter Haven man was arrested on Monday afternoon for the murder of 19-year-old Dyreon Outsey.
CarePlus Health Plans, Inc., Florida’s largest Medicare Advantage plan rated 5 out of 5 stars for 2021, is opening its first Community Center in Winter Haven. The CarePlus Community Center is set to open in early June. Located at 313 Cypress Gardens Blvd. in the Colonial Promenade shopping p…
Polk County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives have charged an inmate at the Polk County Jail for the murder of another inmate.
A Haines City woman was arrested after authorities said she stole nearly $12,000 from a woman with dementia.
Area residents had a good time at the Polk County Parks & Recreation's Good Ol' Days Folk Festival on Saturday, April 24.
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.
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.
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe finalized a 30-year gambling agreement on Friday, inking a deal that would deliver at least $2.5 billion to Florida over the next five years in exchange for giving the tribe control over statewide sports betting.
Bartow city commissioners opted last week to invest in upgrading the existing soccer fields at Mary Holland Park rather than to relocate the city's primary soccer fields to Mosaic Park, which would involve the removal of some of the city’s mature trees.
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.
A new trailhead for the Panther Point Trail is now open and adds nearly four miles of trail, bringing the total for Panther Point Trail to eight miles.
WINTER HAVEN — The Winter Haven City Commission and city staff discussed whether to participate in a $240 million federal loan to build water infrastructure April 21.
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 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.
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.
Many Winter Haven area residents helped to clean shorelines around the Chain of Lakes on Saturday during the Project E.A.G,L.E event, hosted by Keep Winter Haven Clean and Beautiful staff and supporters.
WINTER HAVEN — The intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and Cypress Gardens Boulevard is the busiest intersection in Polk County.
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.
Lake Wales Main Street’s most recent mural project at Scenic Highway and Stuart Avenue — called “Slice of Happiness” — is about to get a whole lot happier.
Dr. Debra Wright Hudson, the acting principal for McLaughlin Middle and Fine Arts Academy, said she is working toward two goals: turning McLaughlin around from a ‘D’ school to an ‘A’ school and removing the word acting from her job title.
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.
A Winter Haven-based corporation recently abandoned a problematic sewage treatment plant near, but not associated with, Warner University in Lake Wales.
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.
Five finalists vying to become the next superintendent of Polk County Public Schools will take part in a whirlwind of activities this week.
The City of Bartow may have to dip into its reserve funds to relocate three soccer fields from Mary Holland Park to Mosaic Park since other money isn't available to pay for the upgrade needed to provide playable fields for dozens of players.
Lake Wales held its second-ever Third Thursday Market on April 15 in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Stuart Avenue and Scenic Highway.
Polk County Public Schools hosted a pandemic-safe version of its annual All-County Fine Arts Festival on April 9 and 10.