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School Board Candidate Forum Available for Viewing Online

The four candidates for two Polk County School Board seats participated in an online forum that through Facebook has reached more than 6,000 viewers and garnered more than 1,100... — Updated 7/31/2020

Sealed Vote by Mail Return Envelope Concerns Voter

Polk Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards has confirmed "a very small handful of people" have reported problems with their vote by mail return envelopes being sealed shut. Lance... — Updated 7/31/2020

Couple Present Plaque to Bartow Police Department

For the second time in as many weeks, Paula and Jerry Goodrich have presented a plaque of appreciation, this time to the Bartow Police Department, which was accepted by interim... — Updated 7/31/2020

Bartow Mired in Fourth Place in Census Challenge

The good news is that almost all communities in Polk County (as well as across the state and nation) are showing increased responses in the 2020 Census Challenge. Locally, Bartow... — Updated 7/31/2020

Bartow PD Welcomes Return of Officer Agostino

Bartow Police Department is happy to announce the return of former Patrol Officer, Vincent Agostino. Originally joining the Department in May 2019, Officer Agostino resigned in... — Updated 7/31/2020

Early Voting Sites Open Aug. 3-15

Eligible voters may vote in advance of the Aug. 18 Statewide Primary Election at nine convenient locations around Polk County. Early voting in Bartow will be at the Polk Street... — Updated 7/31/2020

Primary Sample Ballot Online

Sample ballots for the upcoming Statewide Primary Election are now available online at PolkElections.com. "Voters are encouraged to study their choices in advance, and bring their... — Updated 7/31/2020

Polk City Dislodged in Census Challenge

Hold onto your hats! The unimaginable has happened! As the headline reads, Polk City's tenure being in first place has ended . . . at least for this week, anyway. But before we... — Updated 8/4/2020

Sign up for Hurricane Alerts

The City of Bartow has an important message for all residents and businesses that receive city utility services: During the current hurricane season, all residents and businesses... — Updated 8/4/2020

Summer Arts Camp Now Online and Free for All

Lake Wales Arts Council Executive Director Andrew Allen supports the philosophy "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade." Instead of canceling summer arts camp due to COVID-19... — Updated 7/31/2020

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Announces New Leadership

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, founded January 16, 1920, began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl... — Updated 7/31/2020

News Highlights from Polk County Public Schools - July 24

FREE MEALS: With the start of the PCPS school year delayed to Aug. 24, Polk County Public Schools is extending its summer meals program to Thursday, Aug. 6. The meals program was... — Updated 7/31/2020

Cyber Florida to Work with Polk County to Help Prepare Future Cyber Professionals

Cyber Florida at University of South Florida and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at USF are pleased to announce that Polk County has joined the partnership to... — Updated 7/31/2020

Less Than Half of PCPS Teachers, Parents Want School In Person

Polk County Public Schools School Board members received an initial look at parents' intentions for the 2020-21 school year during the board's work session on Tuesday, July 28. The... — Updated 7/31/2020

Willie Ree Donald, 1947-2020

Willie Ree Donald, age 72, of Bartow, FL, died Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Bartow Regional Medical Center in Bartow, FL. She was born Oct. 15, 1947. She is survived by one daughter:... — Updated 7/31/2020

Antonio "Tony" Harden, 1974-2020

Antonio "Tony" Harden, age 45, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020 at Winter Haven Hospital. He was born November 10, 1974 in Wnter Haven. Tony graduated from Bartow High School... — Updated 7/31/2020

Pye Carr. 1943-2020

Pye Carr, age 76, passed on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at his residence in Bartow. Born November 18, 1943 in Barber County, AL to King and Elease Carr. Mr. Carr was a resident of... — Updated 7/31/2020

James "Jim" Stricklin, 1942-2020

James "Jim" Stricklin, Sr., age 78, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was born July 6, 1942 in Nashville, TN to Carl & Margaret Stricklin. Jim was a veteran in the U.S.... — Updated 7/31/2020

Charles Bentley, 1945-2020

Charles Ernest Bentley, 75, was called to heaven on July 25, 2020. Chuck, as he was known to friends and family, was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on July 8, 1945 to Richard and... — Updated 7/31/2020

Mary Nell Sloan, 1942-2020

Mary Nell Sloan, age 78, passed away Friday, July 24, 2020 at her residence in Bartow. She was born July 10, 1942 in Hayti, MO to George & Helen Earlene Rule. She was the owner & operator of Huff's Dam Inn restaurant in Berrien... — Updated 7/31/2020

Esteban Marin Moreno, 1964-2020

Esteban Marin Moreno, 55, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 in Bartow. Born August 18, 1964 in Hidalgo, Mexico, he was the son of Manuel Y. Marin and Alicia Moreno De Marin. Mr.... — Updated 7/31/2020

Ann Weld-Frisbie, 1924-2020

Ann L. Weld-Frisbie, age 96, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at her home in Bartow. A lifelong native, Ann was born June 8, 1924. She was the daughter of the late Sterling and... — Updated 7/31/2020

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