Month: October 2015

PCSO Deputies Arrest Sleepy Hill Middle School Cafeteria Manager for Drug Possession


Thursday, October 15, 2015, PCSO deputies responded to Sleepy Hill Middle School in Lakeland to investigate an anonymous tip in reference to Polk County School Board employee 41-year-old Carolyn Jackson of Lakeland, who is employed as the cafeteria manager, being in possession of illegal narcotics.

When deputies made contact with Jackson and searched her purse, they found a digital scale, glass pipe, individual clear baggies, three and a half Xanax pills, marijuana, and a plastic bag with Methamphetamine residue in it. She was arrested and charged with one count each Possession of Marijuana Less than 20 Grams, Possession of Prescription Drug Without a Prescription, Possession of Paraphernalia/Smoking Device, and Possession of Methamphetamine, and 62 counts of Possession of Paraphernalia/Container for the baggies (for a total of 66 charges).

She is being held in the Polk County Jail on $1000 bond for Possession of Meth; $250 bond for Possession of Prescription Drug Without a Prescription; and $500 bond per each of the remaining 64 charges.

At this time there is no indication that Jackson was selling or providing illegal narcotics to anyone at the school. Jackson’s home was subsequently searched but no illegal contraband was found.

2015 Festival of Wreaths at the Polk County History Center

Bartow, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2015) – The Polk County History Center seeks organizations, individuals and businesses to decorate wreaths for the 2015 Festival of Wreaths at the Polk County History Center.

The History Center is proud to host the Festival of Wreaths for the fifth consecutive year. Beginning Oct. 6, the History Center will have 24-inch evergreen wreaths available for pick up during operating hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Decorated wreaths should be returned on or before Nov. 7. Participants may choose to decorate either one or two wreaths, as some bidders look for a pair of matching wreaths for double door entrances. Historically, the most traditionally decorated wreaths fetch the highest bids.

The wreaths will be displayed in the History Center from Nov. 20 through Dec. 12. The opening night of the festival will feature extended hours and photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause. The wreaths will be sold via silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting the History Center.

This event promises to be fun and festive for both decorators and bidders alike. Wreaths with exceptional decorating themes will be recognized with the Santa’s Choice designation during the display period. If you or your organization would like to participate, or to obtain more information about this event, call the History Center office at (863) 534-4386 to reserve your wreath(s).

About the Polk County History Center: The Polk County History Center is located at 100 E. Main St. Bartow and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (863) 534-4386, or online at