In 1908, one of Bartow’s newspapers announced the opening of Dial and Read’s Livery Stable, in what is now the 100 block of South Florida Avenue.
As we are all monitoring and taking precautions relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, please remember a few things — there are going to be rumors and fake claims being made on social media and elsewhere.
The coronavirus is serious. It’s OK to panic.
With the arrival of the primary election season a few weeks ago, the issue is often raised, “Why can’t I vote for whomever I want, instead of only for members of my own party?”
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has just completed a month long campaign to raise awareness about hit-and-run crashes in the state of Florida, but we still need to get the word out that people need to remain on the scene of a crash.
A legislative proposal to make Florida Polytechnic University and New College of Florida branch campuses of the University of Florida and Florida State University, respectively, makes little sense.
The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect taxpayers’ daily lives.
During an emergency, every second counts and any kind of delay could mean the difference between life and death.
The 2019 Christmas campaign for the U. S. Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots program closed with a very successful year! This past Christmas, we provided new, unwrapped toys to 14,228 underprivileged children — an increase of over 1,866 children from the previous year.
In law enforcement, it is frustrating to see the same people returning to jail time after time. Too often, a life of crime is a way of life.
Florida, known for its beautiful beaches, natural wonders and vibrant tourist attractions, continues to grow rapidly.
As the odometer rolls over on the New Year next week, Bartowans (and any residents of neighboring communities who care to join us) will celebrate this annual milestone in a unique fashion.
Polk State College is celebrating a successful 2019 thanks to the Polk County Legislative Delegation, and the College is optimistic ahead of the 2020 Legislative Session that the support of local legislators will ensure continued access to a Polk State education for all residents of Polk Cou…
On Sept. 17, America quietly observed Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.
Every generation, children occupy themselves with new types of toys and technology.
This past week, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to what was perceived to be a threat at Davenport School of the Arts.
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.”
It was the mid 1950s and Winter Haven, like so many Florida locations, was experiencing a spurt of growth.
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.
There is a major concern that is being discussed among community and political leaders right now and that concern is homelessness.
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.