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  • $10,000 Grant Will Help Local Business Prosper, Offer Wellness Classes

    Robert Connnors|Updated Jul 22, 2024

    The health and wellbeing of hundreds of area residents may improve thanks to a $10,000 grant intended to help a local business grow and prosper. American Express and Main Street America announced that Yoga Bliss is one of the 500 small business owners nationwide who have been awarded one of the grants, distributed through the "Backing Small Business" grant program. business is owned by Megan Rimer, who has a degree in criminology from USF, but stepped into yoga as a teen,...

  • Cost of Water Will Rise With New Source, Officials Tell Residents

    Robert Connnors|Updated Jul 19, 2024

    Ridge cities are facing a challenging and expensive future effort to obtain water supplies for a growing population, according to officials from the Polk Regional Water Cooperative. PRWC Executive Director Eric DeHaven joined a team of engineers at a forum this week to explain the status of an ambitious project that expects to extract brackish water from a depth of more than 1,000 feet, substantially lower than the Floridan aquifer that currently supplies water to area custome...

  • County Begins Development of New Lake Buffum Boat Ramp

    Robert Connnors|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    A new county boat ramp is being constructed to provide public access to Lake Buffum in un-incorporated southern Polk County. According to county officials, the new boat ramp "will include a walled channel to provide entry to the lake no matter the water level." The annual fluctuation of water levels in the 1,268 acre lake have often caused problems for launching boats. While the new boat ramp is under construction, the old boat ramp is open for public use. The new ramp is...

  • Lake Wales Heritage Volunteers Planting Again as Drought Ends

    Robert Connnors|Updated Jun 19, 2024

    A team of civic-minded volunteers from Lake Wales Heritage took advantage of the rainier weather this week to work on the organization's ongoing streetscaping project. Monday morning found a team of volunteers planting nine young lemon bottlebrush trees on South 4th Street. The trees were replacements for some lost due to heat stress and drought this spring. "Now that the seasonal monsoon rain season has begun, the time is right," said Heritage volunteer director Preston...

  • Networking the Order of the Day at Frostproof Chamber Business Expo

    Robert Connnors|Updated Jun 18, 2024

    The June Business Expo luncheon hosted by the Frostproof Chamber of Commerce drew a crowd of local businesspeople Tuesday to network, sharing camaraderie and ideas. More than 20 organizations were represented at the event, organized by the Chamber's new executive director Emily Bennett, who introduced each business to the crowd. Business representatives were then given an opportunity to speak at the event, offering a chance to introduce their product or services to others in...