The Polk County Sheriff's Office is joining the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Polk County Lodge 46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (PCLEMF), at the 33rd Annual Polk County Peace Officers' Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Polk County Law Enforceme…

 The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 2 Municipal Election is Monday, Oct. 4, and the Polk County Elections Office will be offering voter registration services in Fort Meade, Lakeland and Winter Haven to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to register before this important deadline.

 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…

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From July 31 through Aug. 9, qualifying back-to-school supplies are tax exempt during the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.

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In a surprise move last week, the Polk County Commission voted to move a controversial Confederate monument from the old courthouse in Bartow's front lawn to a nearby Bartow cemetery instead of installing a sister monument celebrating the end of slavery in the state at the end of the Civil War.

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Bartow residents could see a one-mill tax increase for the coming budget year as well as double the cost for fire department response services if the City Commission approves the proposed $143 million budget.

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Polk County's popular Sheriff Grady Judd plead his case for a $187 million budget, up some 9 percent from last year's, but only asked for 30 new positions, including only seven new deputies, four for patrol and three for school resource slots at new schools opening this coming school year.

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The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency board unanimously adopted a 10-year strategy to revitalize the downtown area and the northwest neighborhood of the city on Oct. 1 2019.

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Polk County commissioners got their second look at next fiscal year's $2 billion budget, up some $100 million over what it normally would have been according to the county's budget guru Assistant County Manager Todd Bond.

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The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency board unanimously adopted a 10-year strategy to revitalize the downtown area and the northwest neighborhood of the city on Oct. 1 2019.

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It had been 16 years since the city of Frostproof invested taxpayer money on a fireworks show to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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It had been 16 years since the city of Frostproof invested taxpayer money on a fireworks show to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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Myla Gearhart, 4, of Lake Wales, gets up close and personal with a snake during a Lake Wales Public Library “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program event. On June 24, staff from the Frostproof-based wildlife sanctuary Tails of the Wild showed dozens of kids a variety of creatures. Here are …

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Bartow got almost an A-plus on their annual audit for last year, but there was one small glitch the auditors found relating to Hurricane Irma federal relief funds.

When you think of Lake Wales, seafood may not come to mind, but Allison and Steve Manwell have got it nailed down and are serving fresh fish, shrimp, crab – you name it.

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 Polk County Commissioner Bill Braswell, who holds a seat on the county's Historical Commission, learned last month the commission had discussed removing a monument on the old courthouse grounds that commemorates Confederate soldiers who died serving in the Civil War.

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Local Bartow historian Clifton Lewis explains why Juneteenth is important to black Americans at last week's celebration of the day the full emancipation of slaves was ordered in Texas. It was the last state occupied by Union forces at the end of the Civil War. 

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 Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces its Southeast Investment Sales team has arranged the sale of Lakeland Town Center, a 282,949-square-foot shopping center at 917 E. Memorial Blvd. Transwestern Senior Managing Director John Bell and Managing Director Fred Victor brokered the …

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