Lake Wales city commissioners revisited its mandatory mask ordinance during a work session Sept. 16 – and although some of the key indicators of the spread are trending in a positive direction – two commissioners are still in favor of keeping the local law in place, and two opposing its cont…
LAKELAND — Situated just steps from the Polk Museum of Art is a house-turned-gastropub that serves up a culinary experience of excellence in an inviting atmosphere you’ll be tempted to unwind in.
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.
WINTER HAVEN – On Sept. 14, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill to rename the post office in Florence Villa the “Althea Margaret Daily Mills Post Office Building.”
POLK COUNTY – During a Polk Regional Water Cooperative meeting Sept. 16, the concept of raising water bill rates across the Central Florida Water Initiative region was discussed for two reasons.
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.
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.
POLK COUNTY – Polk County residents and the rest of the world have been facing uncharted waters dealing with COVID-19. With all the new norms, familiarity is welcome — and it can be found, to some extent, within the public libraries in Bartow and Lake Wales.
DAVENPORT – Impaired while on a drug called acid, a 19-year-old from Orlando who had been staying with friends at a Four Corners area hotel wandered to a nearby apartment complex and wound up fatally shot in the early hours of Sept. 6.
WINTER HAVEN – On Sept. 9, after 10 years in the planning stage, city staff revealed an ambitious long-term plan to try and restore thousands of acres of wetlands, build a bike/pedestrian trail surrounding the city, improve water quality in the Chain of Lakes and help ensure there is enough …
LAKE WALES – Extra land has been purchased, the designs are all complete and now it's time for contractors to start work on a $57 million upgrade to the bridge that crosses U.S.27 at State Road 60.
POLK COUNTY – On Sept. 8, two popular local events were canceled as a result of pandemic-related concerns.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently announced plans to help make a difference during the upcoming academic year with the award of nearly $120,000 in literacy grants in Florida. With these funds, educators at 59 schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations across the Florida com…
HAINES CITY – Haines City Clerk Linda Bourgeois submitted a letter of voluntary resignation Sept. 2.
WINTER HAVEN – In October, every day will also be a “yay” of celebration in Winter Haven’s honor.
BARTOW — Bartow City Commissioners had planned to talk about several issues at an unusual session on Wednesday, Sept. 2, that included a workshop to discuss installing a citywide fiber-optic network and the formal approval of the 2020/2021 tax rate and budget.
POLK COUNTY – During a work session on Sept. 3, Polk School Board member Lynn Wilson explained why he changed his mind about whether to ask Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd to delay her retirement.
POLK COUNTY – Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards recently said that, thankfully, there were no major complications associated with the pandemic in the recent primary election.
Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, Polk County seniors and disabled residents will be able to tap into some leftover COVID-19 federal funds to ease the financial burden the pandemic may have dumped on their shoulders.
HAINES CITY – A proposed partnership between the City of Haines City and the Feltrim Group to redevelop three parcels of city-owned property downtown took another step toward reality Sept. 3.
Citrus Connection, Polk County’s public transit agency, has announced a significant expansion in the northeast region of the county — one that includes connectivity to areas outside of the county.
The City of Davenport recently posted to its Facebook page regarding a public survey on the name of a northeast Polk relief high school being constructed by Polk County Public Schools.
On Saturday, August 15, several Volunteers helped handout 400 backpacks to students in the Lakeland community.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said last week he will allow visitors into nursing homes and assisted living facilities, nearly six months after the state blocked visitation during the first wave of coronavirus infections.
POLK COUNTY – As of August 31, 29 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported at nearly as many Polk County Public Schools campuses.
LAKE WALES — Donna Dunson, the principal of Lake Wales Senior High School, announced this past weekend that her school would continue online instruction for the next two weeks.
POLK COUNTY – During a Polk County School Board work session Aug. 25, Kay Fields proposed asking Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd to delay her retirement.
WINTER HAVEN – Around a year ago, Mayor Brad Dantzler challenged his fellow city commissioners to support him in creating a new homeless initiative.
WINTER HAVEN – City commissioners authorized staff to apply for a $47 million state grant on Aug. 24 in order to purchase four tracts of land — all four of which are wetlands.
One suspect has been arrested and another is still at-large, according to Polk County Sheriff’s Office officials, following an armed robbery and carjacking in Winter Haven last week.
Officials from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office say Mayson Armando Ortiz-Vazquez, of Orlando, went on a rampage through a Lakeland neighborhood the morning of Aug. 28 that ended in his death.
HAINES CITY – Generally speaking, a city charter is somewhat like the U.S. Constitution – a document that guides staff and elected officials.