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Our district has been working closely with the county’s emergency operations center in preparation for Tropical Storm Ian’s impact on our region. County emergency officials have made the decision to activate many of our schools starting Monday as storm shelters to house community members who will be required to evacuate their homes.
Polk County Public Schools Will be Closed Due to Hurricane Ian on Tuesday (Sept. 27) and Wednesday (Sept. 28)
Public schools in Polk County will be closed on Tuesday (Sept. 27) and Wednesday (Sept. 28) in response to Hurricane Ian. County emergency officials and the National Weather Service have urged PCPS to activate some of our schools that will be serving as storm shelters for those evacuating their homes.
Polk County Public Schools is monitoring the path of Tropical Depression Nine which could impact Florida next week
At this time there are no changes planned to the school schedule for next week. However, our staff will continue to monitor the weather and work with Polk County emergency management personnel to be prepared in case this storm impacts our area. Even if Polk County is not directly affected,...
Live performances from the talented faculty and students at Harrison School for the Arts. Do not miss this event!. *Wheelchair and companion seats are available upon request at the door. Click on the link below to get your tickets NOW!
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Back by popular demand is the Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s annual Haunted Jail Tour, located at 455 North Broadway in Bartow (the Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. building). This year’s spooky theme is DOOMSDAY. And instead of just one tour, we will have TWO DIFFERENT PATHS to scare you through the jail. You won’t want to miss it!
On Tuesday, September 27, Roadway Maintenance units will begin diverting from sandbag services to preparing for post-storm recovery operations. These locations will be open from 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday:. Mulberry – 900 NE 5th St., Mulberry, (863) 519-4734. Lakeland – 8970 N. Campbell Road, Lakeland (863)...
Immediately thrown into the proverbial local inane political inferno during her first week on the job, airport director Kris Hallstrand has been inundated with complaints from Polk County Amazon customers. Their complaints center on fears of delayed Amazon Prime deliveries as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ramps up their Hurricane Hunter flight activity in and out of Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL) to evaluate the severity of what will likely become Hurricane Ian.
Lakeland Commissioners adopt a $730 million budget with the message to improve police and fire departments
City commissioners have adopted a $730 million budget that arranges public safety first while holding the city’s property tax rate flat. Residents, however, will likely may see a slight increase in their property taxes. The city commission voted unanimously to approve a tax rate of $5.43 per $1,000 of...
Jie Leslie is our newest Lakeland Entrepreneur and proudly has her handmade bags at Scout & Tag in downtown Lakeland. She currently works for Polk County & resides in South Lakeland. Her passion is crocheting and it shows in her bags. Her one-of-a-kind crocheted bags are made with quality yarns...
Polk County Public Schools continues to work closely with its partners at Polk County Emergency Management and all county agencies to prepare for any impact to our area. Our top priority is always the safety of our students and employees. The district is carefully monitoring the latest weather forecast. Tropical...
Polk County Manager announced that Dr. Hezedene Smith will be the next Fire Chief of Polk County Fire Rescue. Chief Smith, who is expected to be confirmed by the BOCC on November 1. With over 32 years in the emergency services profession and a veteran of the United States Air...
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The City of Lakeland Parks Division will be on Lake Morton at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18th for the 42nd Annual Swan Roundup. Parks & Recreation employees will be carefully gathering the swans to get them ready for their annual veterinary check-up. The swans will be confined in large holding pens on the south side of the lake for their annual wellness examinations with My Pet’s Animal Hospital that will start the morning of October 19th at 8:00 a.m. The Annual Swan Round-Up allows the City’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department to closely monitor the health and vitality of Lakeland’s swan population.
Polk County Public Schools has been notified of a criminal incident involving a business that has been known to sell snow cones at school events within our district. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Jaye Saxe was arrested on Sept. 13 as part of a child sex sting operation. He was taken into custody after attempting to meet with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl in Hillsborough County. Saxe is identified as Kona Ice owner in Lakeland.
Nearly 6000 have signed the petition demanding Lakeland Electric make utility prices more affordable
After a summer of high temperatures and high electric bills, thousands of people are demanding more affordable prices from Lakeland Electric. As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 5,400 people had signed a petition started by Lakeland realtor Carly Cashman-Crespo. “Our electric bill just went up again and it’s mid-$400s,” she said...
Starting Friday, there is no reason to carry cash when driving on the Polk Parkway. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise is converting an 18-mile portion of the highway to electronic tolling, meaning that cash will no longer be accepted at toll plazas or exits. Booths and receptacles accepting cash have been...
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Are you ready? While a four and five-day forecast can have significant errors, and the model track will probably shift, use the weekend to have your family prepared should we have a weather event next week. Polk County Emergency Management will be continually monitoring the tropics and will advise of changes, if necessary.
My Ramen, a locally owned and operated ramen restaurant, will soon make its debut at 3121 US HWY 98 S in Lakeland, according to a recent filing with the State of Florida. The restaurant will occupy a former Pizza Hut and be near eateries such as Burger King and S&L Burgers.
Bay area doctors said they are surprised to see Lakeland top the list of most challenging cities in the south to live with asthma. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) releases the report every year, and this year, Lakeland is number four of the top 100 metropolitan areas in the country.
In a startling turn of events, one of King Charles III’s first acts as the reigning King was one of defiance as he demanded that the City of Lakeland “return to England all descendants of the Monarchy’s Royal Flock of swans loaned to the City in 1957.” The King’s decree further states that he is “simply requesting the descendants so that his subjects may also enjoy them in all of the muted majesties of their homeland” in the wake of the end of the Queen’s 70-year reign.