Plant City,

Patrol vehicle crash snarls traffic on I-4 in Plant City

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Delays are building on Interstate 4 after a crash involving a patrol car in Plant City. The crash happened on I-4 near Branch Forbes Road around 6 a.m. Monday morning. There is no word on injuries. Multiple lanes are blocked and traffic is moving slowly,...
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Lakeland, FLPosted by
Lakeland Gazette

Lakeland Regional Health COVID-19 Numbers Update

As has been reported, COVID-19 cases have risen in our area, and the number of people seeking care for COVID-19 at Lakeland Regional Health’s Medical Center has increased. The information below provides a snapshot of what we are experiencing at the hospital. CURRENT NUMBERS AT THE MEDICAL CENTER (as of...
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Florida StatePosted by
Axios Tampa Bay

Florida's COVID-19 comeback

The Tampa Bay region may be looking at some increased pandemic restrictions, though they're unlikely to come from the state government. What's happening: Friday was Florida's worst day yet for coronavirus, with the state reporting 21,683 new cases — the highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic.The last time we came near that number was at the start of the year, when the state reported 19,334 cases on Jan. 7, according to the Tampa Bay Times.Local impact: USF epidemiologist Dr. Edwin Michael told Fox 13 that, at this rate, the fourth wave will peak in Hillsborough County near...
Polk County, FLThe Ledger

Polk schools have more than 400 job openings with days left before school starts

BARTOW — With just a day left before teachers officially return to their classrooms and a little more than a week left before school starts again, Polk County Public Schools’ employment website shows it has 428 job openings for everything from an associate superintendent for human resources to special education teachers to custodians, food service workers and bus drivers.
Dover, FLPosted by
Dover (FL) Weather Channel

4-Day Weather Forecast For Dover

Here’s the forecast for the next four days in Dover: Monday, August 2: Scattered Showers And Thunderstorms; Tuesday, August 3: Scattered showers and thunderstorms then widespread showers and thunderstorms during the day; while widespread showers and thunderstorms then scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight; Wednesday, August 4: Scattered showers and
Fort Myers,

1 motorcyclist killed, another critically injured in 3-vehicle crash near Fort Myers

A motorcyclist was killed and another critically injured in a three-vehicle crash south of Fort Myers Sunday night. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a motorcycle driven by a 29-year-old man from Davenport, Florida, was traveling south in the outside lane on McGregor Boulevard, approaching Lake McGregor Drive around 8:07 p.m. A car driven by a 28-year-old Fort Myers woman with a 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy as passengers was traveling south in the outside lane on McGregor Boulevard, in front of the first motorcycle. A second motorcycle driven by a 35-year-old Port Charlotte man was traveling south in the outside lane on McGregor Boulevard, behind the first motorcycle.

Coast Guard, Tampa police shut down illegal charter boat operating in Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Coast Guard and Tampa Police Department Marine Unit put an end to an illegal charter boat carrying 18 passengers, according to a release. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, an officer with the St. Petersburg Sector investigated the 43.5-fot passenger boat and found that it was not an inspected vessel. Per regulations, uninspected vessels can only carry six people.
Polk County, FLThe Ledger

Let the games begin: Davenport High building athletics from scratch

Polk County is getting adept at building high schools and starting athletic programs. When segregation ended in Polk County right around the time Walt Disney World opened, Polk was left with 10 public high schools: Auburndale, Bartow, Frostproof, Fort Meade, Haines City, Kathleen, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry and Winter Haven.
Hillsborough County, FLPosted by
Tampa Bay Times

Masks back on in Tampa Bay courts as COVID-19 cases surge

Visitors to local courthouses in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties once again must wear masks. Citing worsening health conditions in recent weeks, chief judges in the 6th and 13th judicial circuits issued administrative orders requiring that people wear masks in courtrooms and other public areas of local court facilities starting today. The judges also recommend courthouse visitors adhere to social distancing, though it is not required.
Lakeland, FLThe Ledger

FAMU Picnic scheduled for Saturday at Lake Parker Park

LAKELAND — Florida A&M University National Alumni Association’s Polk County Alumni Chapter is hosting The Famous Picnic Day for high school junior and senior recruitment. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Lake Parker Park (Osprey Pavilion) 820 East Robson Street Lakeland, Florida 33805.