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Crystal Lake, Gibbons rated top for community school
Wed  Jul 19 2017 10:44AM
BARTOW – When the Polk County School Board meets on July 25, they will be presented with an idea to turn one of its schools into a community school, either … read more.
Homestead Exemption faceoff at Tiger Bay
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The faceoff was set for at last week’s Tiger Bay meeting with Florida Rep. Neil Combee at the podium saw Polk County Commissioners George Lindsey and John Hall … read more.
Fields recommends current tax rates for next year
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Despite some economic growth along the State Road 60 corridor which will increase city tax revenue next year, Lake Wales City Manager Kenneth Fields recommended maintaining current … read more.
Liberty Lady: A true story of WWII spying
Wed  Jul 19 2017 10:44AM
BARTOW – On March 6, 1944, during the first large scale daylight raid on Berlin, a B-17 Bomber was forced to land after receiving heavy damage. Fortunately, they had not landed … read more.
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The Goss is gone
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The end of an era could be seen in Bartow on Friday. The Goss press was taken apart and junked from the back of The Polk County Democrat. It drew some passersbys as the job took most of … read more.

Dogs are coming to the party
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
Bring your pet to this month’s Friday Fest this week and perhaps you can go home with a prize. The “Dog Days of Summer” Friday Fest is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. along East Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Bartow. … read more.

She is walking across America for homeless, vets
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN — She has been through 30 pairs of tennis shoes and 16 states so far. Kim Denmark of Dayton, Ohio, is on a mission to raise awareness for homeless people and for the military. Once a business owner … read more.

Sewage, roads, downtown are CRA priorities
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Several dozen residents voiced how best to invest tax money in Lake Wales over the next few years at a Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency workshop July 13 at the James P Austin III Community Center. A … read more.

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Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million
Fri  Jul 21 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle. The collection bag, used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon … read more.

US stocks waver as earnings and central banks dominate
Fri  Jul 21 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes essentially hit the snooze bar Thursday as investors were relieved the European Central Bank didn’t announce any changes to its stimulus policies. Europe’s central bank maintained its current policies and ECB President Mario Draghi … read more.

Greece waits for ‘right moment’ for bond market return
Fri  Jul 21 2017 01:19AM
ATHENS, Greece — Greece says it is still waiting for the “right moment” to re-enter the bond market, playing down expectations of an issue by the end of the week. Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said Thursday that the government was … read more.

American student detained in China after dispute with cabbie
Fri  Jul 21 2017 01:19AM
BEIJING — Police in central China have arrested an American college student on charges of intentional injury following an altercation with a taxi driver, according to the student’s mother and a family friend. Guthrie McLean was formally arrested in the … read more.

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