Sheriff: Masked robbers break into Polk County home with kids inside, leave empty-handed
POLK COUNTY, Fla. — The search for two suspects is underway in Polk County. Security video shows masked robbers breaking into a home in Lakeland, authorities say. They are wearing gloves and working together to break down the door. People who live here say this is not the kind...
Frostproof farmer plants Central Florida’s first commercial avocado trees
The commercial production of avocados has never been done in Central Florida before. Mitchell McLellan decided to try something different after losing thousands of dollars in the citrus industry.
Polk County Sheriff’s Log
The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of May 29, 2023 – June 4, 2023. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.
Meet a Townmaker: Fire Chief Michael Choate still loves having “the greatest job on the planet”
When Fire Chief Michael Choate was just a boy, if you asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would say a fireman, just like his father. Born and raised in central Florida, he graduated Hardee County High School with a mission to take every course and earn every state certification that would allow him to ride that shiny red ladder truck.
LISTEN: DeSantis-Backed Hydrogen Plant Breaks Ground in Central Florida
The plant is an outgrowth of the governor's trade mission to Asia
Burn Ban Has Been Lifted In DeSoto County
Burn Ban has been lifted. Please be safe and use caution when burning outdoors. ~~You meet the required setbacks (see image) and no local city or county ordinances prohibit burning. ~~The yard waste was generated on your property and it will fit in an 8-foot diameter pile or non-combustible container.
Mother of child who died in foster care angered by alleged causes that contradict each other
Within days of Chance Witherington's first breath, he was taken from his mom by the Department of Children and Families and placed in foster care in Polk County.
Bartow, June 06 High School 🏀 Game Notice
The Sebring HS basketball team will have a game with Bartow High School on June 06, 2023, 18:00:00 CST.
Battalion chief gives SCBA to Fla. man trapped in trailer fire
POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Polk County firefighters rescued a man trapped in a burning mobile home on June 3. Firefighters responded to a medical call that escalated into a structure fire with a trapped victim. Unable to gain entry through a front door, firefighters went to a side window. They removed plywood and glass but found their path blocked by materials stacked from floor to ceiling, The Ledger reported.
Polk County has TNR cats up for adoption, why?
Today in our county shelter I come across 5 ear-tipped cats impounded and waiting for their ultimate demise (that were obvious, there could be more) Polk County refuses to recognize ear-tipped cats, (which are always spayed or neutered). They are described as “unaltered”. Impounding ear-tipped cats is a...
Florida man dies after car crashes into a motel
A man was killed Saturday afternoon when a car hit him and crashed into a motel lobby in Polk County, Polk County deputies said.
Lakeland Square Mall from Shopping Hub to Residential Community
Lakeland Square Mall, situated on the northern side of Lakeland, Florida, has been a shopping cornerstone for Polk County for over three decades. It opened in 1988, providing a retail oasis between Tampa and Orlando, particularly for those journeying along the I-4. The developer, Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation and Homart...
Terrific Tuesdays @ the Turner Center
DeSoto County invites you to Terrific Tuesdays at the Turner Center! There will be Games, Activities, and Talent Show. The following three Tuesday evenings will include sports, games, crafts (July 11 and 25), and “DeSoto’s Got Talent,” a live showcase of various talents (July 18). The Turner Center Arena will be open from 6-8 p.m. for family-friendly games, activities, and competitions. The concession stand will be open with refreshments for purchase. Sign up to coordinate an activity, email [email protected]
Lake Wales Envisioned, Walkable Neighborhood Development
One of the initial aspirations for Lake Wales Envisioned is to “make traditional neighborhoods with walkable, connected streets that create a high-quality public realm the norm”. In response to questions early in the planning process, a new study by Zimmerman/Volk Associates examines the market for new traditional, walkable neighborhood development in the City of Lake Wales. Review the details and let us know your thoughts: lakewalesenvisioned.com/resources#tnd.
Groundbreaking ceremony planned for Polk County Clean Hydrogen Plant
MULBERRY, Fla. (WFLA) — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for a new clean hydrogen and carbon plant Tuesday morning. The plant will be built on 10-acres of land off Old Highway 37 in Mulberry by Korea-based LowCarbon Hydrogen Corporation. According to a release, the event symbolizes the collaboration between LowCarbon, Florida-based Ocean Green Hydrogen […]
Protecting Young Children: How to Safeguard Your Home from Lead Poisoning
Children under 6 years old are most vulnerable to lead poisoning in homes, schools, and child care facilities built before 1978 that are likely to contain lead-based paint. Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born. Even healthy-looking children can have dangerous levels of lead in their bodies.
Polk County Board of Commissioners Appoints Dale Henderson as Waste & Recycling Division Director
Dale Henderson has been approved as the new Director of Polk County's Waste & Recycling Division by the Polk County Board of Commissioners. Henderson has 40 years of experience in the waste collection and disposal industry, having worked for Waste Management for 22 years in various roles.
BEST OF THE BEST: The Sun Preps Athletes, Coach of the Year
They are headed to opposite ends of the country.
Fuoco: Lake Wales state title has special meaning for the Dentons
When Lake Wales made the state tournament in 1995 in Gainesville, head coach Nancy Denton and her father Don Ramsay, who helped her as an assistant coach, were sitting in the dugout prior to the championship game against Naples. Ramsay reached over, patted her knee and said, "We made it. We are here."
Frostproof, June 06 High School 🏀 Game Notice
The Lakeland Christian School basketball team will have a game with Frostproof Middle-Senior High School on June 06, 2023, 16:00:00 CST.
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