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Storm Guide 2020: Sheltering may mean taking Ubers to hotels, asking people to stay at home

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 11:21pm
Emergency managers pleaded with willful Floridians in 2016 to flee as Hurricane Matthew hurtled toward the east coast with one infamous entreaty querying the supply of body bags to motivate stalwarts.If a hurricane threatens this season, some evacuation requests may be replaced by stay-at-home orders as officials struggle to minimize the spread of coronavirus.Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said he will have a plan that outlines [...]

Storm Guide 2020: Disaster kit supplies — Food, first aid and more

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 11:21pm
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Polk County declares state of emergency

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 9:25pm
BARTOW — Late Sunday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced a local state of emergency and curfew to last from 10 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday.Under this declaration, all persons within Polk County are mandated to stay inside, with the exception of lawfully performing their job activities, including travel to and from said jobs, seeking medical care at a hospital, fire, police, and hospital services, including the transportation of patients, utility emergency [...]

Upcoming Political events in Polk County

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 1:48pm
LAKELAND DEMOCRATIC CLUBThe Lakeland Democratic Club will hold its June 4 meeting at 7 p.m. virtually on Zoom. Democratic candidates for the U.S House Congressional Districts 15 and 17 will speak and candidates for the Florida House Districts, 39, 40, 41 and 42 will be featured. Go to for the link.POLK COUNTY DEMOCRATSThe Polk County Democrats announce that 2020 is the year that Precinct Committee [...]

Your good news in Polk County

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 1:30pm
Happy BirthdayHappy birthday to Richard Lemanski who turned 73 on May 28 and Houston Croft who turns 33 on June 2.Betsye Kay Finch Performing Arts scholarshipThe Betsye Kay Finch Performing Arts Foundation awarded its first $1,000 scholarship to Abby Rogers, a senior at the Harrison School for the Arts on May 22 at Hollis Garden. Rogers took acting classes [...]

Polk 4-vehicle crash kills truck driver on State Road 60

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 3:24pm
A 45-year-old truck driver from Riverview is dead after his Freightliner rear-ended two other semitrucks and a van on State Road 60 near Mulberry on Friday, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Florida Sen. Tom Lee resigning, leaving seat open

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 2:56pm
Sen. Tom Lee of Brandon says he will resign from seat in November. District includes northwest section of Polk County.