Toddler drowns, infant left in hot car less than a year apart at grandma’s house
One family. Two kids. Their deaths — both while in their grandmother Tracey's care. Hardee County grandmother charged after forgetting infant in a hot car.
Locals, strangers and a new long-term recovery group rebuild lives and homes
Six months after rains and winds from Hurricane Ian destroyed homes in Hardee County, the real work on the ground is just beginning.
Fizzy Drink Lovers Shouldn’t Skip This Florida Soda Festival
There’s a magical festival about an hour and a half outside of Orlando each spring, where the “pop” of opened soda bottles fills the air and the accessory of choice is sugary, bubbly drinks. No, this isn’t a drum-up-business-for-dentists convention—it’s something so much sweeter. This carbonated wonderland of a weekend (happening April 7 and 8 this year) is the Sebring Soda Festival, which offers more than 200 craft sodas to sample, along with everything from a Soda Pop Princess Pageant to a mascot dressed like a soda bottle. When it comes to fizzy beverages, nobody pours it up like Sebring.
Highlands County man dies after neighbor shoots him during argument: Sheriff
The Highlands County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly shooting between two neighbors in Lake Placid that stemmed from an argument on Friday morning.
Polk County, Florida's fastest-growing county, to see major traffic relief | Up To Speed
Last week, local and state leaders broke ground on the Central Polk Parkway. The $357 million project will run 6.5 miles from Winter Lake Road south to US-17.
Foggy start to your Monday, another warm day
Patchy to dense fog will develop once again overnight which could slow the morning commute. Temperatures will start around 70 degrees. Monday should be a mainly dry day with any showers developing east of Polk and Highlands county. Highs along the coast will be in the low to mid 80s with temps near 90 further […]
DANGEROUS FELON ARRESTED: Lanier County Sheriff’s Office makes arrest
Lanier County Sheriff’s Office Arrested Bruce Copeland (28) from Polk County, Florida at approximately 10:00 PM Sunday night. Two others were also arrested for aiding and abetting. See this weeks edition of Lanier County News for the full story.
Polk County authorities mourn loss of K-9 Halas
The Polk County Sheriff's Office and Haines City Police Department are mourning the loss of retired K-9 Halas, who "faithfully served this county at two different agencies."
Florida sheriff looking for 'spring break squatter' caught on home surveillance showing 'shiny rear end'
Authorities in Florida are searching for an alleged spring breakers who trespassed into someone's yard and relieved herself in their bushes before vacating their private yard.
Lake Wales Drug Dealer Indicted for First Degree Murder in Fentanyl Overdose Death
A Central Florida drug trafficking suspect who has been in jail since June 2022 as a result of an undercover drug trafficking investigation, Tevin Lindsay of Lake Wales, was recently indicted by a Polk County grand jury for first degree murder, a capital felony, and sale of fentanyl within 1,000 feet of a church in the death of a 23-year-old Ocala man who overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin that Lindsay sold to him.
Bullying at Polk County high school has parents calling for accountability
POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Several Polk County parents are furious about their kids being bullied in school. Bullying at Auburndale High School has been leading to complaints and lawsuits from parents that want the issue resolved. Polk County School District said they work with law enforcement to address bullying.
Florida Fishing Trail Coming Soon To Hardee County
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), The Mosaic Company and Hardee County are...
WU Alumni Spotlight: Ben Davis
As a university who has admitted students from far and wide, it’s translated to a wonderful mix of cultures within our campus in small town Lake Wales, Fla. Even still, there is something a little special about attending a university not too far from home. It only adds to...
Walk Through Easter in Wauchula offers immersive ancient Jerusalem experience
This is more than a traditional Passion Play. Power and Light Productions is putting on a full Walk Through Easter event inside the Cattleman's Arena in Wauchula. Mike Graham, the Producer, and Director for Power Light Productions described it this way. "It's a walk-through show. You do not sit in...
DeSoto County Career Criminal Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking
A career criminal, Robert Steven Harrelson, of Arcadia, Florida, was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The court also ordered Harrelson to forfeit a firearm and ammunition possessed during the offense. Harrelson was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell.
Golf: Cona, Armstrong win 57th Annual 4-Ball Invitational
LAKELAND — It was a first time and third time for two golfers operating as a dynamic duo at the 57th Annual 4-Ball Invitational at the Cleveland Heights Golf Course over the weekend. Brian Armstrong won his first, while his partner, Gary Cona, propelled to win his third 4-Ball...
Kissimmee Man Wins $2 Million Powerball Prize
Florida lottery officials recently announced a Kissimmee resident won $2 million playing Powerball. The winning was sold in Poinciana. The winning POWERBALL with Power Play Quick- Pick ticket matched all five of the white ball numbers but did not match the Power Ball number. George Stewart purchased his winning Powerball...
Here Is The Texting Scam Going Around Florida
Many people including myself have been receiving weird text messages. If you don’t recognize the sender, please do not click on any links. Some people are losing their social media accounts after clicking these random links that are being sent to their phone. There are also many text messages where the person is posing as law enforcement or government officials. Do not send them any money! Some residents in the Tampa Bay area are even being affected by these scams.
Hughes fends of Sikes for USF2000 Sebring win
As with the earlier USF Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires race, the third-place starter in Saturday afternoon’s USF2000 Presented by Cooper Tires contest at Sebring International Raceway stole a march on both front-row qualifiers to take a lead he was never to relinquish. This time it was Lochie Hughes, from Surfers Paradise, Australia, who translated the hole-shot into his second win of the season for the Jay Howard Driver Development team.
Man dies after two pickup trucks collide in Hardee County
HARDEE COUNTY, Fla. — A 67-year-old man from Wauchula died in a crash near State Road 636 and South Hollandtown Road. The crash happened Thursday morning at approximately 6:38 AM. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the man was driving a pickup truck west on State Road 636....
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