Polk County officials announced today that the Florida Department of Health Polk County’s COVID-19 vaccination registration portal is now open for online reservations for those 65 years old and older, who wish to be inoculated once more vaccines become available.
Haines City Police have announced an arrest made Tuesday, Jan. 12, of a local man for making threatening remarks about carrying out violence on the nation’s capital.
WINTER HAVEN — The Winter Haven City Commission voted for Brad Dantzler and Nathaniel J. Birdsong, Jr. to remain mayor and mayor pro tem of Winter Haven, respectively, during a city commission meeting Jan. 11.
The Winter Haven Planning Commission passed two Special Use Approval requests Jan. 5 — and fans of fresh-brewed coffee and baked goods may be much obliged.
A recent foreclosure has temporarily stalled city plans to build a new nature park on the south side of Lake Lulu, a new trail connecting the south side of the city to the AdventHealth Fieldhouse and some additional city infrastructure.
Polk County commissioners last week okayed paying part of the cost of the engineering to determine where the City of Winter Haven can locate ball fields at its Chain O' Lakes Complex.
On Jan. 5, the Winter Haven Planning Commission recommended that the city commission approve a Planned Use Development including up to 553 houses on 190 acres located just south of the Lake Ashton community, near the intersection of County Road 653 and Old Bartow Lake Wales Road.
City staff are seeking to amend the Winter Haven Code of Ordinances to allow certain types of chicken coops within city limits.
Connor Rupp, of Winter Haven, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Rupp was initiated at the University of Florida.
WINTER HAVEN — City Manager Mike Herr recently said that Florida Department of Economic Opportunity staff will be in Winter Haven Jan. 26 to further analyze a $45 million grant application to purchase four tracts of wetlands around the city over the coming years.
During a city commission meeting last week, Haines City Mayor Morris West said that he, the city manager, the city police chief and the city attorney were all planning to meet with the owner of a grocery store many have described as a public nuisance.
Polk County Public Schools’ graduation rate jumped to 86.5 percent last year — a record high — even as seniors faced unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic.
With the spring semester fast approaching, Polk County Public Schools is ready to welcome students back to in-person instruction, as well as continue offering online learning.
MOUNT DORA — Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested two men who are accused of robbing a cemetery in Lake County and taking the skulls from four different graves to use in religious practices.
Commercial fishing permits for Saddle Creek Park are now available through Polk County’s Parks and Natural Resources Division.
HAINES CITY – Once, it was a neglected area that most tried to ignore.
Polk State College welcomed students to the Spring 2021 Semester last week and enrollment continues to take place for 12-week and eight-week Fastrack 2 sessions, beginning February 3 and March 8, respectively.
Dr. Ajeet Kaushik, assistant professor of chemistry at Florida Polytechnic University, joined scientists around the world in shifting his attention in 2020 toward addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Florida Department of Health’s Polk County COVID-19 vaccine hotline opened to the public the morning of Jan. 8 and, by 1 p.m., officials say all reservations for this week’s vaccine event were filled.
At 6:22 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received several 911 calls related to a pedestrian being struck by a car in the city of Winter Haven on Avenue G NW at 22nd Street NW.
Winter Haven Hospital Bostick Structural Heart doctors, nurses and staff recently accomplished their latest milestone – completing their first MitraClip procedure.
WINTER HAVEN – It was 1970 — 50 years ago — that Dan Johnson became a barber.
Winter Haven Hospital staff working on New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day rang in 2021 by welcoming Eli Miller into the world.
Florida Polytechnic University professor Dr. Muhammad Rashid has been listed among the top 2% of scientists in a global list compiled by Stanford University. At number 617, Rashid was ranked in the top 1% of the 87,611 scientists in his field of electronics and electrical engineering in the study.
Winter Haven residents Ora H. Greene and Walter Covington Jr. were recognized as 2020 Polk Pioneers during a recent virtual Polk County Historical Association ceremony.
HAINES CITY – The taste of Jersey has come to town.
For more than 40 years, the Winter Haven Youth Soccer Association has been serving the children of the community and helping to prepare them for the competitive sport that is life.
Former Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Director Jeff Spence has been working on his photography skills and volunteering his time since his retirement in 2018.
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County announced Dec. 30 that it had received a limited amount of the COVID-19 vaccine and that department officials are currently developing a plan for distribution that meets the requirements of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order as quickly …
BARTOW — S.L. Frisbie IV, a lifelong Bartow resident and former publisher of The Polk County Democrat, was one of five county residents who were recognized as 2020 Polk Pioneers during a recent virtual Polk County Historical Association ceremony.
BARTOW — World War II and a few rainstorms have stopped the annual Bartow Tree Burning ceremony in the past. Canceling the event as a precaution related to COVID-19 was considered, but longtime event organizer Eda Marchman and others managed to find a way to keep the city tradition alive dur…
Harriet Rewis Rust was recognized as one of five 2020 Polk Pioneers during a recent virtual ceremony.
Staff at Winter Haven Hospital began to receive Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Dec. 22, according to a release from BayCare, which operates the local hospital.
HAINES CITY – Like many teenagers, Reanna Brown has a busy life.
Around 70 area children had some extra presents under the tree and holiday food on the table thanks to the Lake Wales Police Officers Association’s annual “Shop With A Cop” program.
On Dec. 23, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the re-appointments of Ashley Bell Barnett, Greg Littleton, Teresa Martinez and Mark Turner to the Polk State College District Board of Trustees.
On Dec. 16, a socially-distanced jury decided that former Indian Lakes Estates resident James “Jimbo” Pennington ought to spend the rest of his life behind bars for the 2017 murder of Devyn Martin.
Polk County Fire Rescue Battalion Seven staff responded to an early morning mobile home fire in a remote area near Lake Wales and Walk In Water Road recently.
On Dec. 22, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Judd’s appointment was announced among a host of federal appointments by the outgoing administration.