Month: April 2018

Fort Meade Town Hall Meeting

Bartow, Fla. (April 27, 2018) — The Charter Review Commission will meet Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at Fort Meade City Mobile Home Park – Community Center, 1046 SE 2nd Street, Fort Meade, FL 33841.


I. Call to Order – 6:00 PM – Alice Hunt, Chairperson

II. Pledge of Allegiance – Alice Hunt, Chairperson

III. Charter Review Commission Introductions

IV. Polk County Charter Review Overview – Alice Hunt, Chairperson

V. Polk County Efficiency Commission – Alice Hunt, Chairperson

a. Ballot Summary – Amendment Number 1

VI. Board of County Commissioner Term Limits – Alice Hunt, Chairperson

a. Ballot Summary – Amendment Number 2

VII. Polk County Charter Review Commission – Alice Hunt, Chairperson

a. Ballot Summary – Amendment Number 3

VIII. Financial Report – Alice Hunt, Chairperson

a. Total Savings to Tax Payers

IX. Public/Audience Comments – Alice Hunt, Chairperson

Each speaker addressing the Charter Review Commission at the Town Hall Meetings are kindly asked to fill out a Request to Speak during the Public Comment Section. Please hand the cards to the Secretary at the meeting. Once called to speak by the Chairperson, please announce his or her name and address for the record before beginning remarks. By rule of the Commission, each speaker is given three (3) minutes to make a presentation on any topic regarding the Polk County Charter, which includes the items mentioned on the agenda. While making remarks, speakers should refrain from personal attacks and derogatory comments, discussing items in litigation or under investigation, and commenting on matters unrelated to Polk County and the Polk County Charter.

X. Closing Comments – Alice Hunt, Chairperson

XI. Adjourn


Fort Meade Baseball Player and Coach Honored by Florida Athletic Coaches Association


Proudly announces their team of Players of the Year for the 2018 Year!

District 13 FACA coaches nominated and voted for the following players as players of the year:
Fort Meade senior Luke Myers (1A),
Santa Fe senior Steve Beach (3A),
McKeel Acad senior Blaine Wellslager (5A),
Lake Wales junior Ben Gilbert (6A),
Winter Haven senior Hunter Morales (7A) George Jenkins senior Brandon Howlett (8A)

Coach of the year nominations are
Jon Spradlin (1A) from Fort Meade,
Blaine Fox (3A) from Lakeland Christian, Ron Nipper (5A) from McKeel Academy, Don Bridges (6A) from Lake Wales,
David Schafer (7A) from Winter Haven Chad Crosby (8A)

Verizon Exeriencing Nationwide outage

Verizon customers are able to use cell service in a vast majority of Florida and several other areas across the county.
In an official statement, Verizon says ” We are aware of a network issue in the Tampa Bay area. Our network engineers are working to identify the issues and to solve it as quickly as possible”.

While customers are not able to use cell phone service to call 911, the 911 system and centers are fully operational and may be reached with landlines.

Mr. Charles Wesley Aycock, 89

FORT MEADE – Mr. Charles Wesley Aycock, 89, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Lakeland, FL. Mr. Aycock was born April 20, 1928 in Coffee Springs, AL and was a lifelong resident of Fort Meade. He was a retired electrician from Estech Chemical Co., a U.S. Army Korean War veteran, and a 1948 graduate of Fort Meade High School. Mr. Aycock loved taking care of his family, and in addition to his regular job before and after retirement, he grew bushels of fresh vegetables in his garden for his family to enjoy year after year. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Meade, and his trust in God allowed him to be the steadfast, calm, and firm role model that his family loved dearly.
Mr. Aycock was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Frank and Myrtle Brown Aycock; and his loving wife of nearly 53 years, Myrle Crews Aycock.
He is survived by his sons, Dwayne Aycock and wife Suzanne, Lakeland, FL, and Dale Aycock, Fort Meade, FL; sister, Christine McAuley, Lakeland, FL; grandchildren, Kyle Aycock, Amy Aycock, Shona Tucker, and Sharla Adams; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, 135 E. Broadway, Fort Meade, FL. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in the church sanctuary with Rev. Marion R. Sortore officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade.
Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, FL 863-285-8171

Mr. James Bruce Albritton, 64

FORT MEADE – Mr. James Bruce Albritton, 64, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Bartow Regional Medical Center. Mr. Albritton was born October 15, 1953 in Bartow, FL and was a lifelong resident of Fort Meade. He retired from the Polk County EMS after a tenure of 30 years, and he was also a 20 year veteran of the Fort Meade Volunteer Fire Dept., member of the Fort Meade High School Class of 1971, and a member of the Fort Meade First Church of God.
Mr. Albritton was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram Uriah and Leona Durrance Albritton.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Harris Albritton, Fort Meade, FL; son, James Uriah David Albritton, Fort Meade, FL; daughters, Christa Leya Barwick & husband Ben, Alturas, FL, and Katherine Elizabeth Albritton, Fort Meade, FL; brother, William Hiram Albritton, Mulberry, FL; sisters, Bertha Bowers, Riverview, FL, and Linda Cooley, Bartow, FL; grandchildren, Timothy Breeding, Annastar Breeding, and Rylie Walling.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the First Church of God, 215 S. Perry Ave., Fort Meade, FL 33841. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, FL 863-285-8171