Month: June 2015

Year End Luncheon For Garden Club


Members of the Fort Meade Garden Club held their year-end luncheon at Grasslands Country Club on May 20. Concluding the meeting was the installation of officers, who were presented mirror corsages, which went along with the theme of the installation ceremony – Reflections of a Gardener. After the club’s summer break, members will meet Sept. 23 at Reed Hall at the United Methodist Church in Fort Meade.

The officers are shown above, left to right: June Shirley, president; Barbara Manley, second vice president; Beverly Field, corresponding secretary; Alice Spieth, first vice president program chairman; Barbara Walker, chaplain; Marilyn Gunter, sunshine chairman; and Janice Thompson, treasurer. Absent was Delores Avery, recording secretary. Photo by June Jerkins.

**Information is courtesy of the Fort Meade Garden Club**

Two Car Crash Near Fort Meade

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Fort Meade Florida – During the evening of June 23rd 2015 a two car incident was reported to PCSO. Preliminary information is that two cars were traveling southbound on Hwy 17 just south of homeland around 9:24 p.m. The first car was a Chevrolet Cavalier which was slowing down to turn left. The second car was a Nissan Maxima. The front left of the Maxima struck the back right of the Cavalier. The driver of the Maxima was Lisa Orlowski of New Hampshire. She was cited for careless driving and following too close. There were no injuries reported and no one had to be transported via ambulance. Both cars were towed and the scene was cleared by PCSO at approximately 11:07 p.m.

Fort Meade Daily News Welcomes New Sponsor


Fort Meade Daily News is Proud to announce Stitch N Sign out of Wachula as a proud sponsor! Stitch N Sign is now providing services in the Fort Meade area with custom made Fort Meade Miner gear including T-Shirts and signs. Look for them in the Fort Meade area soon!!! Welcome Stitch N Sign to the Fort Meade area and make sure to call them for all of your custom needs for this up coming year!!!

Second Positive Case of Rabies in 2015 Confirmed


Fort Meade Florida – At approximately 7:00 am, on Friday, June 5, 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control officers responded to the 1800 block of J. Jackson Road, Fort Meade after receiving a call about a dog fighting with a raccoon.
The dog’s owner told officers the pet saw the raccoon in the yard and attacked it. The dog had scratches to its face. The dog was current on rabies vaccinations, and will be placed on a 45-day quarantine.

The raccoon was impounded and sent to the State Laboratory for rabies testing. The raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

This is the second confirmed Rabies case for Polk County this year.

The first incident occurred on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, a dog owner living on Stokes Road in Lake Wales reported that her dog killed a raccoon on the patio area of the home. The raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies on Friday, May 15th.

Residents are reminded that raccoons and bats are among the mammals considered to be high risk species or “rabies vector species” (RVS). However, please do not approach any animal which is acting in an unusual or suspicious manner. If you think you or your pet has had an “exposure,” please contact the PCSO Animal Control Section at 863.499.2600.

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*** All information within this article is courtesy of PCSO ***

****ALERT**** Traffic slow down 98 @ Lanier Road

Traffic will be slowed due to one car accident with downed electrical lines. Preliminary report is single vehicle left road for unknown reasons striking electrical pole before coming to rest about 100 yrds off road. More information will be updated when available. 
*** update at 1:48 pm ***
Power pole is being replaced currently bubby utility company. Still no details on accident at this point.