Month: July 2018

Lourenia Watkins, 91

Lourenia Watkins, 91 of Frostproof, Florida passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 at Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring, Florida.

She was born February 17, 1927 in London, Kentucky to the late George Henry and Flora (Davidson) Wilson and she has been a resident of this area for 34 years moving here from Iowa. She was a retired Nurse’s Aide. Lourenia was a member of the 7th Day Adventist Church in Fort Meade, she collected Norman Rockwell Cups, enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, crocheting, reading and search word puzzles.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Mat Watkins.

Survivors include her daughters, Betty Watkins Chilson ( Robert) of Lincoln, Nebraska, Wilma Watkins Barnhart ( Ed) of Frostproof FL; sons, Frank Daryel Watkins (Donna) 0f Frostproof, FL, Willard Watkins ( Sharon Sutter) of Frostproof, FL, Brent Watkins ( Kim) Frostproof, FL; sisters, Polk Harris Dople of London, KY, Dorothy Craft ( Jack) of Barbourville, KY, Nina Pennington of London, KY; brother, Bob Wilson of London, KY; 16 grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.( Robert) of Lincoln, Nebraska, Wilma Watkins Barnhart ( Ed) of Frostproof FL; sons, Frank Daryel Watkins (Donna) 0f Frostproof, FL, Willard Watkins ( Sharon Sutter) of Frostproof, FL, Brent Watkins ( Kim) Frostproof, FL; sisters, Polk Harris Dople of London, KY, Dorothy Craft ( Jack) of Barbourville, KY, Nina Pennington of London, KY; brother, Bob Wilson of London, KY; 16 grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 2:00 PM until service time at 3:00 PM at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home with Brent Watkins Officiating. Interment will be held at the Silver Hill Cemetery.

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Partial Closure of Panther Point Trail

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (July 12, 2018) – A portion of Panther Point Trail, accessed through Polk County’s Environmental Lands Marshall Hampton Reserve, has been closed due to alligator nesting season.

This is the second Environmental Lands trail area to be closed by Polk County because of the nests this month. Marsh Rabbit Run Trail at Circle B Bar Reserve also is closed for the nesting season. Alligators often become territorial and protective of their nests and young during this time of year.

Currently at Marshall Hampton Reserve, a portion of Panther Point Trail is closed at the bridge, requiring the visitor to turn around at that point for safety reasons. Visitors may travel 2.5 miles on Panther Point Trail before the trail closure. Marshall Hampton Reserve is located on the northern end of Lake Hancock, with the Panther Point Trail running along the eastern shore of the lake.

Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Division staff will monitor the situation and reopen the trail when it is determined to be safe for visitors. Those interested in obtaining additional information on the Marshal Hampton Reserve-Panther Point partial trail closures should contact Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Division at (863) 534-7377.

For a location map and additional information on Polk County Environmental lands, visit www.polknature.com.