Many Winter Haven area residents helped to clean shorelines around the Chain of Lakes on Saturday during the Project E.A.G,L.E event, hosted by Keep Winter Haven Clean and Beautiful staff and supporters.
WINTER HAVEN — The intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and Cypress Gardens Boulevard is the busiest intersection in Polk County.
Best Friends Animal Society and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services have come together to save vulnerable kittens through a new shelter diversion and foster program.
WINTER HAVEN — The Winter Haven City Commission and city staff discussed whether to participate in a $240 million federal loan to build water infrastructure April 21.
Area residents had a good time at the Polk County Parks & Recreation's Good Ol' Days Folk Festival on Saturday, April 24.
A developer's confidential agreement involving the Garden Grove neighborhood took another step toward becoming a reality over the course of April.
Recently, a group of residents challenged the Winter Haven City Commission to commit more resources toward affordable housing.
Haines City Deputy City Manager Jeffrey E. Brown submitted a letter of resignation on Friday, April 16, stating that his resignation will be effective May 14 if accepted by the city commission.
Polk State College, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County (DOH-Polk), will host an on-site COVID-19 vaccination event for Polk State students, faculty, staff, and their families.
Bartow city commissioners opted last week to invest in upgrading the existing soccer fields at Mary Holland Park rather than to relocate the city's primary soccer fields to Mosaic Park, which would involve the removal of some of the city’s mature trees.
A new trailhead for the Panther Point Trail is now open and adds nearly four miles of trail, bringing the total for Panther Point Trail to eight miles.
CHAMPIONSGATE — Like so much else during the pandemic, the work of the Four Corners Area Council and the "Four Corners, One Vision" initiative it is spearheading had to pause and adapt.
Polk County commissioners decided last week to redo, replace, rejuvenate and initiate a variety of projects — and approved the funds to do all of the above.
Two implementation agreements that officials say will help build the access to Polk’s future water supply were approved by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners on April 20.
An entrepreneurial team of Florida Polytechnic University students has earned thousands of dollars in funding for the development of an innovative gesture-control device for electric longboards.
The Davenport City Commission honored the life of Walter James Henderson on April 19. Henderson, who died recently, was the the first Black police officer to be hired by the City of Davenport. Family was in attendance to accept the proclamation.
WINTER HAVEN – Imagine having 1,000 employees — but every year 500 of them resign.
The City of Auburndale announced on April 9 that Amy Palmer has taken the position of Assistant City Manager.
Polk County Public Schools hosted a pandemic-safe version of its annual All-County Fine Arts Festival on April 9 and 10.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting involving a Winter Haven Police Department Sergeant that occurred in the Orchid Springs area near Winter Haven Saturday night, April 17, at approximately 10:10 p.m.
Members and guests of the Woman's Club of Winter Haven met March 4 for fellowship and to donate items to The Mission of Winter Haven.
WINTER HAVEN — During a Winter Haven City Commission meeting April 12, members and supporters of Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment (or PEACE), a non-profit group, appeared to voice their belief that Winter Haven City Commission members have not done enough to promote more afford…
Five finalists vying to become the next superintendent of Polk County Public Schools will take part in a whirlwind of activities this week.
WINTER HAVEN — Flanked by uniformed law-enforcement officers, including Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed into law a controversial law-and-order measure sparked by nationwide protests that erupted last year after George Floyd’s death.
Polk County Public Schools staff announced April 15 the school district will continue to require face coverings for the remainder of this current school year (2020-21).
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County, in partnership with Polk County Board of County Commissioners, has closed Polk County’s COVID-19 vaccine portal.
BARTOW — Staff and elected officials representing the City of Bartow met on April 16 to discuss how best to try and ensure the city would have sufficient water supplies through 2045.
Velma Daniels and her neighbors on South Lake Mirror Drive in Winter Haven recently had quite the encounter.
Dr. Debra Wright Hudson, the acting principal for McLaughlin Middle and Fine Arts Academy, said she is working toward two goals: turning McLaughlin around from a ‘D’ school to an ‘A’ school and removing the word acting from her job title.
A Winter Haven-based corporation recently abandoned a problematic sewage treatment plant near, but not associated with, Warner University in Lake Wales.
The Haley Center, a nonprofit clinic that provides free health care services to low-income residents, is moving from its location in downtown Winter Haven to a larger space at the Gil Jones Center thanks to a partnership with BayCare and Winter Haven Hospital.
With Haines City City Manager Deric Feacher having been offered and accepted the same role for the City of Daytona Beach, formal goodbyes have begun.
Winter Haven High School student Kamya Williams, holding a plaque, and other Polk County Students Working Against Tobacco — known as Polk County SWAT — have been traveling around the county in April accepting proclamations.
The City of Bartow may have to dip into its reserve funds to relocate three soccer fields from Mary Holland Park to Mosaic Park since other money isn't available to pay for the upgrade needed to provide playable fields for dozens of players.
Lake Wales Main Street’s most recent mural project at Scenic Highway and Stuart Avenue — called “Slice of Happiness” — is about to get a whole lot happier.
Lake Wales held its second-ever Third Thursday Market on April 15 in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Stuart Avenue and Scenic Highway.
Davenport Vice Mayor Brynn Summerlin was candid in sharing his opinion about the Polk Regional Water Cooperative during a city commission meeting April 5.
WINTER HAVEN – Last year, an incredible 798 dogs got a second chance with forever homes thanks to Stefanie Badillo and her Crossed Paws Pet Rescue.
During a Lake Wales City Commission workshop March 31, City Manager James Slaton said that before the City of Lake Wales makes a full commitment to borrowing $240 million from the federal government to build county-wide water infrastructure, the City of Lake Wales ought to do a city-specific…
DAVENPORT — During a Davenport City Commission meeting on April 5, Commissioner Tom Fellows noted that he had heard a rumor that someone from Haines City may have reached out to Davenport City Manager Kelly Callihan about taking over Deric Feacher's old job.
Winter Haven Public Safety Director Charlie Bird retired as Winter Haven Police Department Chief on April 10, due to retirement rules for police officers.