POSNER PARK — Speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Citrus Connection’s Posner Park's Park-and-Ride facility, Haines City Mayor Morris West suggested that this was how things ought to work.
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.”
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.
WINTER HAVEN – New officers of Knights of Columbus Council 7091 of Cypress Gardens and the Frank J. Durbin Fourth Degree Assembly 2608, the Council’s patriotic/ceremonial arm, were installed in dual ceremonies on August 29 in a banquet hall at Cypresswood Golf & Country Club in Winter Haven.
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.
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 …
WINTER HAVEN – In October, every day will also be a “yay” of celebration in Winter Haven’s honor.
WINTER HAVEN – Students, staff and administration will soon enjoy lunches and special events under Winter Haven Christian School’s new pavilion.
POLK COUNTY – On Sept. 8, two popular local events were canceled as a result of pandemic-related concerns.
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.
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.
HAINES CITY – Haines City Clerk Linda Bourgeois submitted a letter of voluntary resignation Sept. 2.
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.
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.
WINTER HAVEN — On Sept. 1, the Winter Haven Planning Commission voted to recommend that the Winter Haven City Commission approve two new apartment complexes in Winter Haven as well as a residential subdivision that will border Hope Equine Rescue — a local sanctuary for rescued horses.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, August 15, several Volunteers helped handout 400 backpacks to students in the Lakeland community.
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.
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.
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.
WINTER HAVEN – Around a year ago, Mayor Brad Dantzler challenged his fellow city commissioners to support him in creating a new homeless initiative.
POLK COUNTY – As of August 31, 29 positive cases of COVID-19 had been reported at nearly as many Polk County Public Schools campuses.
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.
WINTER HAVEN – Sergio Cruz, the manager of 2nd and 4th Saturday Markets in Central Park, came to tears while speaking to the Winter Haven City Commission Aug. 24. Cruz was requesting that the market on public property in downtown Winter Haven be allowed to reopen.
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.
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.