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Live and Play: Fort Meade, Bartow, Frostproof and Lake Wales Offer a Variety of Activities

From a vision plan for Peace River Park to historical museums and a skydiving club, four cities in southern Polk County — Fort Meade, Bartow, Lake Wales and Frostproof — know how to live and play. Living and playing is an important part of our daily lives away from work, and Polk County offers numerous […]

Discussion on New-to-Polk Agricultural Crop Will Kick Off Land Conference

Understanding how hemp crops can impact Polk County land is a topic of the upcoming annual Lay of the Land Conference. This year’s annual Lay of the Land conference will begin with Kirk Goble, a broker for The Bell 5 Land Company who will talk about the hemp industry, something we should all be thinking […]

Mulberry High Graduate Hopes to Inspire Others While Studying Accounting

Polk County Public School grad and first generation college student inspired by mothers’ enjoyment of numbers and favorite high school class – Algebra. “When my mother was younger, her dream job in Mexico was to be an accountant for a big company,” said Jacquelin Flores, 19. “Although my mother could not continue her education, I […]

Live and Play: Haines City Sees Nothing But Growth and a Bright Future

As Haines City continues to grow, the city is drafting a master plan for park space while working with developers and entrepreneurs to build more housing units and revitalize downtown. Haines City’s population has grown from 20,000 in the 2010 Census to more than 25,000 today. With the increasing growth in the northeast quadrant of […]

Live and Play: Winter Haven and Auburndale

East Polk is growing fast, further diversifying the amenities, restaurants and residential opportunities within Polk County. Living and playing is an important part of our daily lives. This blog post is one in a five-part series about quality of life in Polk County — beyond jobs. Winter Haven Winter Haven’s 42,000 residents can do everything […]

Live and Play: Bonnet Springs Park Attracts Attention Near Downtown Lakeland

Bonnet Springs Park, a 180-acre, $110 million park on the outskirts of downtown Lakeland could be a game-changer, connecting the northwest quadrant of the city with a flourishing downtown. “We are trying to move the footprint of Lakeland west and connect the park to downtown,” said Bill Tinsley, retired parks director for the city of […]

The Need for More Home Health Care Aides Continues to Rise as America Ages

As America continues to age, the need for personal care or home health aides is shifting into high gear, with no signs of slowing down. One big reason: There are 73 million baby boomers, the largest living adult population at about 25 percent, and 10,000 of them turn 65 and retire each day. As Baby […]

Living and Playing in Polk: Lakeland and Mulberry

Living and playing are just as important as working, and Polk County offers the best of all three. With recreational facilities and parks to hip new restaurants and thriving downtowns, low property tax rates, no state income tax and a low unemployment rate (about 3.4%) it’s easy to see why Polk is attracting a lot […]

Jeff Goins Headlines Southeastern University’s Writers’ Conference

Award-winning author and blogger Jeff Goins will be speaking at several events during Southeastern University’s College of Arts & Media annual writers’ conference on January 31. Goins, who has written five bestsellers, is also known as a blogger, speaker and writing coach. He will be the guest speaker at breakfast and the keynote speaker later […]

Pharmacy Academy Prepares Students to Pursue Sonography at Polk State College 

Senaida Avalos, a freshman at Polk State College, is grateful the Polk County School District develops new programs that keep up with current market demands, such as the Pharmacy Technician Academy at Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School. “I think that one of the things that the school system did well was create programs, such as […]