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  • Stroke Victim Meets Fire Rescue Crew Who Came To Her Aid
    4/25/2017 03:15:00 PM

    Bartow, Fla. (April 25, 2017) — When David Carpenter woke up on New Year’s Eve, he planned to sit around, watch ball games, drink beer and eat popcorn. But when he saw his wife, Pam, those plans changed dramatically.  “I was having a terrible headache,” Mrs. Carpenter said. Her husband realize [...]

  • Boat Ramp Closures
    4/24/2017 10:05:00 AM

    Bartow, Fla. (April 24, 2017) – Polk County Parks & Recreation will install new boat ramps at Loyce E. Harpe Park and Saddle Creek Park starting this week.   The construction will cause certain areas of each park to be inaccessible during this time.  The Saddle Creek boat ramp No. 5, alo [...]

  • Curious Rattlesnake Says Hello To Firefighters During Red Grange Fire
    4/24/2017 08:55:00 AM

    Bartow, Fla. (April 23, 2017) — Fighting the Red Grange Fire wasn’t the only challenge firefighters faced over the weekend. On Saturday, April 22, firefighters stumbled across a rattlesnake while protecting a structure during a flare-up . “While our crews are working, they must be extremely car [...]

  • Lake Wales House Under Investigation
    4/24/2017 08:55:00 AM

    Bartow, Fla. (April 23, 2017) — A home in Lake Wales received extensive fire damage. Polk County Fire Rescue responded to 2507 Forest Drive just before 7 a.m. Sunday, April 23. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the structure. In approximately 30 minutes, Polk [...]

  • Red Grange Fire 75% Contained
    4/24/2017 08:55:00 AM

    Bartow, Fla. (April 23, 2017) — The Red Grange Fire, which is the name given to the wildfire that threatened homes in Indian Lake Estates, is now 75 percent contained. Approximately two dozen firefighters from Polk County Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service are currently working together to keep [...]

  • MEDIA ADVISORY(1)
    4/24/2017 08:45:00 AM

    Bartow, Fla. (April 20, 2017) — After hearing nearly seven hours of testimony, Special Magistrate Nicolas J. Troiano was “not prepared to make a ruling” today regarding code enforcement violations against BS Ranch and Farm. Troiano is taking today’s testimony under advisement, and has asked the co [...]

  • The annual Polk County Youth Fair, held in January, added goat wrangling to its schedule this year. Image
    The annual Polk County Youth Fair, held in January, added goat wrangling to its schedule this year.
  • NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire visited Lake Wales to dedicate a basketball court. Image
    NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire visited Lake Wales to dedicate a basketball court.
  • The Bone Valley ATV Park opened in February to riders. Image
    The Bone Valley ATV Park opened in February to riders.
  • Polk's Legislative Delegation discusses upcoming issues facing the legislature this year. Image
    Polk's Legislative Delegation discusses upcoming issues facing the legislature this year.
  • Polk County's SWAT Medic team was recognized by the Sheriff's Office. Image
    Polk County's SWAT Medic team was recognized by the Sheriff's Office.
  • Commissioner John Hall speaks during the county's annual retreat. Image
    Commissioner John Hall speaks during the county's annual retreat.
  • The Polk History Center undergoes a facelift, which should be finished later this year. Image
    The Polk History Center undergoes a facelift, which should be finished later this year.
  • MEDIA ADVISORY: BS RANCH & FARM
    4/24/2017 08:35:00 AM

    Bartow, Fla. (April 19, 2017) —   Today’s hearing to consider the county’s Motion for Temporary Injunction temporarily restricting BS Ranch and Farm from continuing operation of its soil manufacturing facility, has been continued.  The Hon. Judge Keith Peter Spoto has not set a time or date for th [...]

  • Mandatory Evacuation Continues at Indian Lake Estates
    4/22/2017 01:10:00 PM

    Here are the details as of noon, Saturday, April 22 regarding the fire at Indian Lakes Estates:  The mandatory evacuation is still in place. Status will be re-evaluated at 4 p.m. today.  No homes were destroyed Fire affects approximately 700 acres Fire is 60% contained Winds will be fro [...]

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