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Heartland for Children's 16th Annual Rudolph Round-Up Toy Drive

The holidays are right around the corner and you can help make incredible holiday memories for over 1,500 local children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. Heartland for... — Updated 10/7/2020


New Leader at Circle of Friends Answered God's Call to Serve

Crystal Higbee gave up a good job as a surgical tech to answer a special calling to become president of Circle of Friends Ministry. Higbee admits like in the story of Jonah and the... — Updated 10/7/2020

 By Savannah Cerullo    People 

Bartow Kiwanis Update - week of Oct. 5

Greetings, Kiwanians, This week: October Speaker Coordinator James Clements and Speaker Chair Sarah Case have pulled out all the stops to bring you . . . we're not sure yet. Our... — Updated 10/7/2020


Kiwanis Update - Week of Sept. 28

Good evening, Kiwanians, The Club featured our annual installation of officers, Pin Passing Ceremony, and President Nick's farewell address. Yes, folks, your humble correspondent... — Updated 10/1/2020


Leadership Polk Class XIV Welcomes 18 Members

Polk Vision welcomed 18 members of Leadership Polk Class XIV on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Lone Palm Club. As the only countywide leadership development program in Polk County,... — Updated 9/23/2020


Bartow Mourns Passing of Retired Police Sg. Isidro Flores

The Bartow Police Department is very saddened to hear of the passing of retired Bartow Police Sgt. Isidro Flores, or "Five-0" as he was more commonly known in the community. Sgt.... — Updated 9/23/2020


Bartow Kiwanis Update - Sept. 22

Good evening, Kiwanians, RECAP: At Club, trivia master Frank Johnson raffled off several adult beverages to a very full house. It was wonderful to have so many Kiwanians in attendan... — Updated 9/23/2020


Polk Democrats Hosting Celebrate Blue Gala Virtual Fundraiser Sept. 12

The Polk County Democrats will be holding their annual fundraising gala from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 as a unique, virtual event. The Celebrate Blue theme reflects ongoing... — Updated 9/6/2020


Kiwanis Club Update - Week of 9/1

Greetings, Kiwanians, Last Friday, we received updates from Tess, the president of Bartow Key Club, and our Lt. Gov. Terry Atchley on the current state of affairs for our local... — Updated 9/3/2020


Polk Democrats Plan "Ridin' with Biden Caravans Aug. 16

The Democratic National Convention starts Aug. 17, and Polk County Democrats will be revving up enthusiasm with three "Ridin' with Biden" caravans the day before the convention... — Updated 8/12/2020


Kiwanis Update - Aug. 4, 2020

RECAP: Last Friday, our speaker at Idlewood was Kelly De La Cruz of Mi Escuela Montessori, a bilingual charter school coming soon to a town near you. We were thrilled as always to... — Updated 8/6/2020


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


Silly Sock Saturdays Hosting Bowling Fundraiser July 25

Zachary Kirkland was in middle school when he started his own non-profit called Silly Sock Saturdays. Now a rising senior at Lake Wales High School, Zachary continues his mission... — Updated 7/22/2020


Kiwanis Update July 20

Good afternoon, Kiwanians. RECAP: We had excellent attendance at our lunch meeting of Friday, July 17, with 19 people including guests. We are using the big round tables at... — Updated 7/22/2020 Full story

 By Steve Steiner    People

Friends Say a Fond Farewell to NFL Great Ken Riley

An estimated 200+ people, a number of whom were athletes when Ken Riley was the head football coach at his alma mater, FAMU, paid their final respects and tributes at his funeral... — Updated 6/18/2020


Kiwanis Club Update June 15

At the Friday, June 12 club meeting held at Leland Young's Barn, and on Zoom, we held our annual meeting, in which we approved the 2020-21 year slate of officers. Congratulations... — Updated 6/18/2020 Full story


Future Kiwanis Club Meetings Moved to Leland Young's Barn

The Kiwanis Club meeting of May 29 had a great presentation about improving education in Polk County by Kate Wallace from Lakeland Leads. Improving educational opportunities in... — Updated 6/3/2020


Lacey Gardner Named New Executive Director of ElderPoint Ministries

After more than 13 years of devoted service to the mission of ElderPoint Ministries, Executive Director Jane Hammond is taking the next step in her career journey and leaving the... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By Steve Steiner    People

You Load Nearly 11,000 Pounds of Food, What Do You Get...?

You get gratitude, smiles, and in some cases, tears. And granted, like the Tennessee Ernie Ford classic song "Sixteen Tons," the people in vehicles that lined up this past... — Updated 5/26/2020


Bartow Kiwanis Club Update

President Nick Zbrzenznj will be sending out information on the Zoom meeting that will take place noon, Friday, May 21. If you want to participate but don't know how to do Zoom,... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Steve Steiner    People

Lakeland Corvette Club Holds Appreciation Parade

Like many people, groups and organizations, the Lakeland Corvette Club shows its appreciation to those on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic by conducting appreciation... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Steve Steiner    People

Happy Birthday, Rhoda Whitten

At approximately 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, a furor arose just one block north of the 600 block of South Wilson Avenue. Suddenly and without warning, a parade of vehicles began... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Steve Steiner    People

Non-profits Team Up to Give Out Food Boxes

United Community Church, 2301 Noralyn Mine Road, Bartow, was one of five locations givng out food boxes throughout parts of the county, in an effort to distribute 10,000 boxes... — Updated 5/7/2020 Full story

 By Steve Steiner    People

Goodbye, Dwaine. You Are Missed

I have to admit, because of COVID-19, to a great degree it is frustrating launching Because I am in the category most at risk (senior citizen, type 2 diabetic, high... — Updated 4/22/2020


Scholarship House Offers Polk State Students a Safe, Welcoming Home

Since September Raymond had been living in his car. The music education major at Polk State College said he had two blankets for cold nights, but if he didn't remember to tape his... — Updated 4/22/2020 Full story


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