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Only In Polk: Sources of watery street names not entirely solid

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Six-year resident of Lakeland, Erin Bryan Sutliff, had interesting questions concerning the naming of Lake Miriam Drive and Lake Seward Drive, and where those lakes were located.

2 Lakeland men accused of stealing trailer containing $42,000 worth of construction equipment

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LAKELAND – Two Lakeland men have been arrested and charged with stealing a trailer full of construction equipment from a Plant City location.Shawn Hackney, 39, and David Wyatt, 44, were being held Tuesday at Polk County Jail, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. They’re accused of stealing a trailer Saturday or Sunday containing $42,000 worth of equipment owned by Full Tilt Construction. [...]

Winter Haven accepts recycling rate increase

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 9:46pm
WINTER HAVEN — Winter Haven will pay more for recycling, beginning in October, but those increases won’t be passed onto customers.The City Commission voted 5-0 on Monday night to increase monthly rates from $2.50 per customer to $3.44 per customer. The increase was requested by recycling provider, Advanced Disposal, which inherited the contract after purchasing Trash Taxi last year.To avoid passing costs onto residents, the city will use about $160,000 from [...]

First-time candidates vie for chance to challenge Sen. Lee

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 9:39pm
Two newcomers — Joy Gibson of Tampa and Kathy Lewis of Wesley Chapel — square off in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary for the Florida Senate District 20 seat.

Lightly funded retiree aims to knock off incumbent Lee

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 9:32pm
Florida Sen. Tom Lee is being challenged by John Houman, who has never held public office. The latest financial reports show that Lee has collected $109,600 in donations, while Houman’s campaign consists entirely of a $2,100 loan.

Public meeting set for Combee Road study

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 8:14pm
LAKELAND — The Florida Department of Transportation, District One, is hosting a public meeting to discuss the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for improving State Road 659 (Combee Road) from U.S. 98 to North Crystal Lake Drive in Lakeland. The meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Somos Church, 3125 U.S. 98 S., Lakeland.FDOT will display information about the proposed project for review and input. The meeting will [...]

PCSO: Construction worker exchanged pornographic photos with 11-year-old Polk girl, admitted to 'making out' with her

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 5:31pm
A 38-year-old Pasco County construction worker is in the Polk County Jail on allegations he compelled an 11-year-old girl to send him more than 450 pornographic images of herself, and he sent her about 50 sexual photos of his own body.

PCSO arrests man, 63, on child porn, sexual battery charges

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:40pm
A 63-year-old Frostproof man has been charged with sexual battery on a child younger than 12 years old and 68 counts of possession of child pornography, the Polk County Sheriff's Office reported.Detectives in Highlands County were first notified of Keith Guy Garrard Sr., of 378 U.S. 630 E., when staff members at a medical facility where he was receiving treatment saw him looking at child pornography on his laptop, deputies reported. [...]

Polk County Solar Co-Op gets up and running

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:40am
If you believe young people primarily drive environmental activism, these elder citizens can teach our children and grandchildren a few things in that area.

PCSO: 3 hospitalized after 3-vehicle crash that closes part of roadway in both directions

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:32am
Three people sustained serious injuries after a three-vehicle crash Monday morning.

Driver shortage causes delays for 117 Polk school bus routes

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 9:57am
A bus driver shortage is causing delays for bus routes in the Polk County School District on the first day of school.

In most of Polk County, arrests without convictions not compiled

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 7:22am
Tracking the number of no-bills and other outcomes could reveal patterns of bad arrests, bias or overly aggressive arresting strategies, but most Polk County agencies do not compile the information.

Event celebrates Pakistan independence

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 9:33pm
LAKELAND — The celebration included singing, dancing, flags and the cutting of a special cake.But underlying the festive occasion of Pakistan Independence Day was a message of need, drive and desire for openness in a country where religious discrimination is rampant.At Lake Gibson United Methodist Church on Sunday, about 40 people gathered not only to celebrate Pakistan’s independence from the British Raj in 1947, but to hear words of hope and desire for respect [...]

2 Republicans face off in County Commission race

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 9:32pm
Two Republican business owners will face off in the primary election for an open Polk County Commission seat. The two-way contest features Rick Wilson, 65, of Bartow, and Kathryn "Kat" Gates-Skipper, 60, of Lake Wales.

On the agenda for meetings in Polk this week

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 9:13pm

Upcoming political events scheduled in Polk County

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 9:07pm
Political Hob NobThe 2018 Political Hob Nob takes place 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Rocking H Ranch at 2200 Ewell Road in Lakeland. Meet local and state candidates, participate in a straw poll, barbecue dinner, beverages, valet parking and more. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $200 corporate 10-pack. For more information, email or visit or [...]

Your good news in Polk County

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 9:05pm
Girl Scout Day Camp Girl Scout Day Camp was attended by 38 girls from June 18-22 at the Bartow Girl Scout House. The camp's theme was "S'mores and Songs" and activities included a storyteller, a Native American presentation, Keep Polk County Beautiful clean-up, crafts and a water slide.Military tribute A military tribute area has been set up at Sears in Lakeland to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who fought for this country, [...]

In most of Polk County, arrests without convictions not compiled

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 8:27pm
Tracking the number of no-bills and other outcomes could reveal patterns of bad arrests, bias or overly aggressive arresting strategies, but most Polk County agencies do not compile the information.

In most of Polk County, arrests without convictions remain uncounted

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 7:25pm
LAKE WALES — For law enforcement agencies and those accused of committing a crime, an arrest is only the beginning.From the time an arrest is made, law enforcement officers have 21 days to bolster their case for the State Attorney's Office. If the State Attorney elects not to file charges, those cases are referred to as "no-bills." At that point, the case is closed."Most no-bills I've seen in law enforcement is because a victim stopped cooperating or there was just a [...]

Bartow church distributes school supplies, smiles

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 7:22pm
The last weekend of summer sees students getting back-to-school supplies and clothes.