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Manor Pro Wrestling dinner show

Manor Professional Wrestling Dinner Theatre will be offering dinner and a show, three days a week in Winter Haven.  Located inside of a church at 5624 Cypress Gardens Blvd., shows have been selling out.  Order tickets at 


School safety guardians graduate

87 area residents were sworn into service at the Youkey Theater in July.  These armed school safety guardians were trained and ready for the first day of school, August 13th.  Guardians will protect elementary schools in Polk County.  Currently there are school resource officers at every middle and high school.  


Polk State College and Polk County Public Schools join forces

Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd and PSC President, Dr. Angela Garcia-Falconetti sign an agreement launching ELITE, a new program allowing some high school students to get their associates degree in education while attending high school.  They will then be on a fast track for their bachelor’s upon graduation, finally being employed by Polk County Public Schools.  


County allows LWHS to accommodate more students

Polk County School Board gave unanimous approval allowing Lake Wales High School to take up to 120 more students.  The charter school initially asked for the ability to take 50 more students, but there is a waiting list of 205.  120 of those are from Lake Wales and Babson Park. The others are from outside of the Lake Wales area. Because it’s a charter school, by state law students must first apply to be accepted. 


Dr. Martin Luther King honored with street renaming

City and county dignitaries, officials, and spiritual leaders were present on Monday, August 13, as Avenue T was officially renamed Martin Luther King Boulevard in Winter Haven.  The section of roadway to be renamed is between US 17 and 11th St. NE.  Members of the community have 

worked tirelessly to spread the word and gain support for the change.  


Best Places to Work Award

According the CareerSource Polk, there are four companies which won the “Employers of Distinction” Award.  They are A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure Inc., Allen & Company of Florida, Inc., Clark Environmental, Inc., and Sykes Enterprises Inc.  Other local businesses were honored in several categories including Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business.  Individual awards were given to area residents of local businesses.  For more info. Visit


Bok Academy: One building up, one to go

Built with entirely donated funds, the project was a true community collaboration resulting in new state-of-the-art classrooms, or studios as they are called on the Bok South campus.  Included is a huge new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) laboratory.  Brand new administration and classroom building is now in the early stages of going up after it was torn down from storm damage.  Students from all Lake Wales schools will have access to the newly opened lab from time to time.  


Walking tours return to Bartow

The narrated tour goes to sites within 1 ½ miles of the History Center, allowing visitors to walk through the streets of Bartow and learn what life was like between 1850 and the 1930s.  An actor playing Jacob Summerlin will host the tours through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.  As people take the walking tour there is more description through the use of their smartphone. All programs are free.


Andy’s Igloo employee saves life

Gary Montague, an employee of Andy’s for the past 31 years, saved a woman’s life.  A patron at the restaurant was choking on a hot dog.  Rather than panic, Gary ran across the street to the WHFD and asked for help.  When the first responders arrived at the restaurant, the woman was unconscious, clinging to life.  After the Heimlich maneuver didn’t work, they physically removed  the obstruction and saved her life.  Gary was honored by the WH Police Chief and Fire Administrator Charlie Bird during a ceremony at the police station. The first responders were also awarded Chief’s Commendations.  


Jessie buying the Ritz

Pending permission from Judge Catherine Combee, the Ritz Theatre in downtown Winter Haven will be purchased by Winter Haven residents Jessie Skubna and Robbie Loftus, owners of two nearby downtown bars.  The Ritz is currently being run as a non-profit.  Skubna & Loftus would manage the theater as a for profit business bringing concerts to the downtown area.  


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