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Man arrested in Polk County for felony sexual abuse of a child

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A man in Polk County was arrested Tuesday and charged with eight felonies related to sexual abuse of a child, deputies say. Carlos Calderon, 41, is facing charges for sexual battery, lewd molestation of a child under the age of 12, use of a child in a sexual performance, sexual p


Inconsistent weather has made fishing a little tough for Polk County anglers.

Strike Zones: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 1 Around Lakeland, at Tenoroc, bass fishing was best on Lakes 2, 3, 5, F, Fish Hook, Horseshoe and Shop. Most of the bass were in the 12-16 inch range with two large bass over 23 inches. Swimbaits and spinnerbaits have been best. Speck fishing wa


Sheriff's deputy resigns after fight at Florida strip club

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned after being arrested on charges that he battered a couple at a strip club. An internal affairs report says 33-year-old Dwight Robinson quit his job at the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office two days after the July 3 incident at Scores.


Fishing results: 59-inch haul wins Polk Kayak Bass Challenge

• Carlos Maldonado overcame a tough bite on Lake Kissimmee on Jan. 12 to bring in a four-bass haul totaling 59.25 inches and run away with the Polk County Kayak Bass Challenge. John Wilcox had a 47.50-inch total for second place. Robert Brooks had the big bass of the tournament at 18.25 inches, pull


In Polk, women have room to grow in political arena

LAKELAND — Sara Roberts McCarley's win in Tuesday night's special election for the Lakeland City Commission means that slightly more than 20 percent of those elected to local boards are women, according to data compiled by The Ledger.


Letter: Lake Wales Hospital's great patient care

Recently I was a patient at Lake Wales Hospital. Words cannot convey how excellent my treatment was by the entire staff. They were friendly and courteous, always explained any medications or treatments and fully and clearly answered any questions. My room was clean and neat. The food was good.


American Legion post finds new home inside mall

LAKE WALES — Visitors to the Eagle Ridge Mall who bypass Gyro Plus and China Express will find a restaurant that is also home to a veterans' organization. American Legion Post 71 is now based inside the Area 71 Restaurant and Bar in the mall's food court. The post had been seeking a new home since M


Charter system, school district outline conflicting plans for McLaughlin Middle

LAKE WALES – Officials from the Lake Wales Charter Schools system and the Polk County Public Schools Board agree that operation of the three middle schools in the city is problematic, but there was little agreement about what to do about it during a city-sponsored community forum on the topic last w



Lake Wales, FL – Lake Wales Medical Center will hold a free community health fair on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. until noon. The health fair will be held at the hospital’s Wound Care Center, 451 S. 11th Street, located at the corner of Hwy. 60 at 11th Street (across from the Arts Center).


Sick and dead cattle in bay area may be linked to toxic feed

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - - More than a dozen cattle deaths in Polk County may be linked to toxic feed. The feed is now under a recall, and officials are working to determine if there is a connection.


Basketball roundup: Lake Wales earns important district win

Turns out they can play pretty good basketball in Highlands County, too. Not that Lake Wales thought they could head an hour south on U.S. 27 to face Sebring Jan. 11 and come back to Polk County with an easy win. But, after dropping a district contest to Booker a few nights earlier, the Highlanders


Ridge Rewind: Lake Wales girls soccer still dominant

Football fans are familiar with the rule that once a team has a 35-point lead on an opponent, the clock does not stop for the rest of the game. There's something similar in high-school soccer, as well.


Florida man drinks 20 bears, attempts to get children to touch him inappropriately

MARION COUNTY, Fla. - Police say a Florida man would drink up to 20 beers before bringing children into his home and try to convince them to touch him inappropriately. The Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested Arthur Leo Proulx, 51, after he allegedly made sexual advances towards two boys, ages 6


Local golf league results and upcoming events

Results from golf league play around Polk County through Jan. 14 with format, date, event and winners by flight or class in alphabetical order. Bartow Women's, Ts and Ss/Half Handicap, Jan. 7-13: Mettie Withers 34.5, Kathey Milligan 35.5.


Tanker hauling molten sulfur crashes in Polk, driver airlifted

A 54-year-old man had to be extricated from the semi-tractor trailer he was driving after his tanker crashed at the intersection of Highway 674 and Highway 37 Tuesday night. According to Polk County Sheriff's Office reports, Kenneth Nickles of 605 Rosier Road in Brandon was driving a 2015 Kenworth s


Frigid Florida: Get ready for the coldest air we've seen this season

ORLANDO, Fla. - Here is Mother Nature's reminder that it technically is winter, even if we do live in Florida. Central Florida will see the coldest air of the season over the next few days, as well as some wet weather.


February Exhibitions & Events at the Polk Museum of Art

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College will be closed Feb. 22-25 for The Gala. The Art of Will Barnet: Selections from the Permanent Collection. This exhibition showcases 22 recently gifted and loaned works from this figurative artist who also experimented in abstraction during his caree


Mom buys dress for future granddaughter on her birthday, 7 years before she's born

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Marjorie Zarbaugh's mom always hoped to have a granddaughter one day and a shopping trip in 2011 seems more like an act of serendipity nearly 7 years later when Marjorie received a gift from her mom at their gender reveal party in 2018.


Amendment 4 prompts surge of new Polk voters

LAKELAND — Sabrina Young is 41 and has never cast a vote. Last week, she registered for the first time. Young was one of 44 newly eligible voters who signed up during a registration drive Jan. 8 aimed at local residents whose voting rights were restored with the passage in November of a constitution


Police: Teen Boy Kept as Sex Slave in Florida Trailer for a Year

Police in St. Petersburg, Florida, have arrested seven adults and charged them with keeping a 16-year-old boy as a sex slave in a filthy trailer for a year. The victim was discovered during an investigation of another missing teen from Louisiana, according to Fox 61.