The Florida Department of Health announced Monday that, as of 11 a.m. April 6, there are 13,324 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida.
Florida now has more than 8,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 following the addition of more than a thousand new cases on April 1. As of 11 a.m. April 2, the Florida Department of Health says there are 8,010 cases in Florida — 7,717 of which are Florida residents.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he will issue an executive order calling for Floridians statewide to stay at home, a move that he had been resisting as other states took similar steps because of the novel coronavirus.
WINTER HAVEN – While the Lakeland Magic basketball team has already moved into its space within the new $25 million AdventHealth Fieldhouse, the older portion of the complex — including most of the original building — is still under construction.
POLK COUNTY — On Tuesday, April 7, voters in Bartow, Davenport, Haines City, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales and Mulberry will head to the polls for Polk County’s municipal elections.
POLK COUNTY — There’s an old adage, something to the effect of “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Dear Winter Haven residents,
LAKE WALES – City commissioners recently instructed city staff to hire an individual whose role would primarily be to help residents living in the northwest sector of Lake Wales.
BARTOW — Even while dealing with a massive effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners has additional business to tend to, including the recent decision to okay the construction of a new stadium at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale.
POLK COUNTY — While Polk County is reeling from the steady climb of COVID-19 cases, some of those who deal with crises daily are at the “office” with business as usual — and their business is always high-stress.
Distance learning, which began for students around the state this week, will continue through the end of April for Polk County Public Schools students and other students around the state.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida continues to ascend and the number of cases in Polk County has experienced an increase of its own.
HAINES CITY — The Haines City Police Department announced March 26 that a third accuser has come forward and Joshua Ayers, who was arrested in late-February for sexually battering two young girls, is facing nine additional charges for being in possession of sexually-suggestive photos.
On Wednesday, March 25, undercover narcotics detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 114 Harbor Drive, in Winter Haven, in response to complaints and information that illegal narcotics were possibly being sold from the home.
The spread of coronavirus continues to take a toll on local businesses, both big and small.
POLK COUNTY — Registered voters in the cities of Bartow, Davenport, Haines City, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales and Mulberry who plan to vote by mail in the April 7 municipal elections have limited time to do so.
LAKE WALES – The Rotary on the Ridge Candidate Forum on March 16 featured a debate between Lake Wales Vice Mayor Robin Gibson and challenger Bob Wood for Lake Wales City Commission Seat Five.
POLK COUNTY – Public school teachers represented by the Polk Education Association voted 1,717-670 on March 19 in favor of ratifying a contract negotiated between the union and the Polk County School Board.
HAINES CITY – City staff and Florida Department of Environmental Protection staff formalized a contract on March 12 to begin the process of transforming a former fertilizer plant into a new park.
A release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on March 24 announced the arrests of two Polk residents for stealing more than $600 worth of merchandise from a Walmart in Mulberry.
With Floridians hunkered down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried are trying to focus attention on scams and price gouging that stem from the crisis.
Coming out of the weekend, the volume of positive coronavirus cases in Florida continues to tick up and the number of cases in Polk County is in double-digits.
TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers on March 19 approved a record $93.2 billion budget for next year, with attention already focused on a potential need to revisit the spending plan this summer as the novel coronavirus upends the economy.
POLK COUNTY – Around 60,000 devices will be deployed to students once Polk County Public School’s Spring Break is over March 30, meaning that learning will continue in an online capacity as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the daily life of Polk residents and people around the world.
Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the Poinciana area of Kissimmee, in unincorporated Polk County, the morning of March 19 and learned that a man there had shot and killed his live-in girlfriend and then refused to exit the home.
Undercover detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and partnering agencies conducted a seven-day undercover operation, from March 16, during which detectives posed as girls and boys online — on social media platforms and online dating sites — to investigate those who prey upon and t…
WINTER HAVEN – At a Special City Commission Meeting held March 18, Winter Haven City Commissioners unanimously voted to proclaim a State of Emergency in Winter Haven due to the spread of novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Publix officials announced Thursday that the Polk-based supermarket company is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, from 7 – 8 a.m., as “senior shopping hours” intended only for customers age 65-and-over.
The second presumptive positive coronavirus case in Polk County is a student who takes courses at Polk State College's Winter Haven Campus, per an announcement from the school last night.
On Tuesday, March 17, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that schools in Florida will remain closed until Wednesday, April 15 — but that districts are expected to begin some type of online or remote instruction on March 30.
BARTOW — A robust crowd of Bartow area residents were in attendance March 14 for the grand opening of the town’s new brewery — Front Page Brewing Co.
POLK COUNTY — Drivers in northeast Polk will have to wait a few more years, but the widening of County Road 557, from Lake Alfred to its interchange with Interstate 4, will move ahead after the county commission last month okayed plans for the multi-laning of six miles of the overburdened tw…
In 2019, the Haines City Police Department had the lowest crime rate for as far back as records could be found.
LAKE WALES — Kathryn “Kat” Gates-Skipper and 16 other Floridians were inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame at the Florida State Capitol Building in Tallahassee March 9.
There’s no escaping it — precautions related to mitigating the spread of novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, have become the dominant force in daily life for the foreseeable future.
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that Florida will begin a $50 million bridge-loan program for businesses hurt by the novel coronavirus and that he has directed the state’s revenue department to extend deadlines for businesses to pay corporate income taxes.
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis, while contending that many Florida residents are not at risk of getting the coronavirus, announced on March 14 a 30-day ban on visits to nursing homes as he acknowledged that the virus is spreading through some communities.
The Winter Haven Police Department (WHPD) is excited to invite you out for the WHPD 5K! Walk, jog or run your way around Downtown Winter Haven to earn a finisher medal and burn some calories in a fun way! WHPD has a close relationship with Special Olympics Florida and your entry fee will go …
WINTER HAVEN — As Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce President Katie Worthington Decker tells it, the idea for the chamber to do a podcast had been bouncing around for nearly a year.
WINTER HAVEN – Created in 2019 to help city staff become more engaged with residents, as well as to help keep the city’s economy growing, the Winter Haven Smart City Advisory Committee met for the second time Feb. 25.
POLK COUNTY — Luck must be in the air in east Polk County.
HAINES CITY — One Sandhill Elementary School second grader’s parents were pleasantly surprised at the student’s Spanish speaking ability during a recent missionary trip.
BARTOW — Bartow city commissioners were met with a salvo of complaints from city residents last week who claimed the city police department was rife with discrimination.