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This year the world has faced sickness, death, job loss, strained social environments, injustices, and tragedies – everyday life has become unusual for many. Most of us have struggled with our mental health or know someone who has. We spoke with Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Antionette P…

As President of Polk State College, I write to congratulate the Spring 2020 Graduating Class! Graduates -- you are incredibly resilient and have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to your educational goals during this challenging time. You have overcome unprecedented adversity to reach th…

In 2011, NASA ended its almost 40-year-old space shuttle program. Economic rough waters, significant maintenance, and the fact that the shuttle program “did not truly deliver the next major leap forward” ultimately lead to its closure according to a 2017 article by Tech Times.

Seven hundred and fifty bottles per minute shoot down a production line outside a large window in Julie Williams’s office. One thousand cases worth of beverages will expeditiously clink down the line during the hour we talk with chief operating officer Julie Williams and chief financial offi…

Whether it’s a small gathering of friends or a family reunion, birthday, gender reveal, wedding or going away party, we’ve all been in this situation before.   We want to throw a party, but where do we start?  How do we create an unforgettable experience and keep within the budget?  On the o…

Down a narrow dusty driveway along the Tiger Creek Preserve in Lake Wales rests a primitive cabin framed in an old Florida landscape. This cabin belongs to conservationist, philanthropist, and subject for an upcoming art exhibit, “Sticky” Steve Morrison.

Let’s get to the root of it and talk about trees.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say we’ve all walked down a tree-lined street at one time or another.  If you’re lucky, the trees were mature and have formed a canopy over the street creating a dreamy environment to pass through.  Let’s no…

First, a big ‘thank you’ to the men and women of the Winter Haven Fire Department not only for their service but also for being so gracious with their time and giving us a glimpse into their world. Over the past several weeks, they gave us a tour of the station, took our editor up about 9 st…

A group sat together in a meeting discussing ideas for upcoming issues. We were about 30 minutes into the brainstorm, ideas were being volleyed, concepts mulled over to see what stuck. Then, someone, seemingly joking, blurted out, “How about Polk’s Sexiest Man?”

Happy Valentine’s Day, Polk County! Amidst the wining and dining, roses and cards, and those gross little candy hearts wouldn’t you like to give the gift of an experience this month to your significant other, new fling, or as a treat to yourself? In honor of this lovely holiday, we’ve compil…

Dungeons‭ & ‬Dragons‭ ‬and Dinner with Friends

It’s a simple thing that can make a huge difference.  We’re lucky to live in an area with so many independently-owned boutiques.  They’re a great place to get a new outfit, new shoes or a new piece of jewelry. It not only makes you feel good, but it’s good for the community.  Shopping small …

When’s the last time you heard someone say, I went on the most amazing bike ride this morning and I didn’t even mean to? Well-it’s kinda like how Alice in Wonderland fell down a rabbit hole… We fell down a bike roll…

I have to start off by thanking Janina Freeland, thank you!  I reached out to her not knowing if she would be willing to share their family’s story with us.  Not only did she agree, but she gathered more families to talk to.  Thank you to the Swingle Family, Rayburn Family and the Rucki-Stan…

With over 500 acres of vineyards in Florida, the wine industry is growing in Florida every year.  There are 88 wine producers ultimately creating 99,108 jobs in agriculture, accounting, packaging, transportation and more.  With over 300,000 tourists visiting a Florida winery each year, it ha…

It’s the busiest shopping time of the year & we hope you consider buying from a local business first.  Why? The small businesses in our community are run by real people creating jobs and making a better living environment for everyone.  They are friends, neighbors and family.  They are w…

The following pages are about 9 women going through life like normal.  Probably a lot like the days we all have, kids, dinner, work, errands, the never ending list of things we have to do.  The only difference is, in the midst of the chaos of life, these women were all diagnosed with breast …

Do you recall watching the Jetsons TV show as a child and wanting to own a self-driving vehicle like theirs? With the help of the new Suntrax testing facility that is under construction, technology is that wish may become a reality in the near future. Autonomous technology that can function …

July 4th brings a night of fireworks and marks the beginning of summer fun with family and loved ones.

Local residents can take a two hour sunset cruise with Living Water Boat Cruises for as little as $30 per person. Photo courtesy of Rue Denton

Water skiing is more than just jumps, stunts and competitions. For the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team, it’s about the traditions first started by the Pope family, the founders of the Cypress Gardens theme park.

 “Winter Haven Cycle Club was founded in 2016 and is a club of like minded individuals who are encouraged to get to know each other on and off the bike. We are open to all types of biking including road, mountain, & CX. Our main focus is to foster Winter Haven’s Cycling community, where …

EDITORS NOTE: It’s the time of year when you drive through Central Florida and find yourself with the intoxicating fragrance of orange blossoms around you. We are so lucky to be surrounded by so many groves. Not only do the groves smell absolutely amazing, but they have so much to offer us. …

It was September 20, 2016 and the Baltimore Orioles were hosting the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles were nearing the end of their season, with only 11 games left to go. In order to win the second wild card slot, they had to win all 11 games.

For Matt and Virginia friendship turned into love. Many couples dream of exchanging vows during a fairy tale wedding. Others like Matt and Virginia Garske from Lakeland never really cared for such pageantry and simply settled for exchanging their vows.

It was a wonderful experience working in New York on Wonder Woman. Who would have thought that taking a psychology class at Katharine Gibbs School would land her a position as the first female journalist to publish stories for Wonder Woman, but that is exactly what happened when then 19-year…

It’s Christmas Eve in post war 1940s at Pinewood Estate, the Lake Wales winter retreat of Bethlehem Steel Vice President Charles Austin Buck. His daughter, Lucy Buck Fox, with her husband, Ned, and their three children, oversees seven to nine servants as they prepare an important dinner for …

‘I will die with my ballet slippers on,” says Ballet Conservatory Dance Centre founder Pirkko Lawlor, “ballet saved my life”. Pirkko Sirén Lawlor is the artistic director of Winter Haven’s Ballet Conservatory Dance Centre. She was 7 when World War II began and her art- minded city, described…

When Jose Aleman thinks about his upbringing in Guatemala, one place in particular sticks out among the rest: the kitchen of his childhood home. “I’ve always liked cooking since I was a kid; my mom used to cook a lot at home,” he remembers. “My family is very big ... we would get together ev…