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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Faith leader leaves legacy
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Known as an “in your face” individual, a faith leader in Lake Wales passed away, and those who worked with him now both mourn and remember what … read more.
Speaker: Many should be remembered
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN — Keynote speaker at the 14th Annual life of Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Polk State College Jan. 10 was Dr. Alzo J. Reddick Sr. Like many … read more.
Polk Regional Water Coop seeks to dig deeper
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
AUBURNDALE – Some members of the Polk Regional Water Cooperative board, who meet again today, appear to be trying to convince the public that it is not possible to solve … read more.
‘Renaissance’ breaks ground in Lake Wales
Thu  Jan 18 2018 02:23PM
LAKE WALES – Construction of a $678,243 trail connecting the downtown area to Lake Wailes Park began last week with a groundbreaking ceremony. The project is currently scheduled to be … read more.
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The Mission founder passes at 76
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – The founder of The Mission, a non-profit at 180 Central Ave. whose volunteers help the homeless and other struggling local residents, passed away Thursday afternoon after a short battle with pneumonia. Thomas Bradley Beauregard, known to many … read more.

ART is deputy’s eye in the sky
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd calls it a “deputy’s eye in the air,” otherwise known as ART, Aerial Response Team. The aerial device is deployed, Judd said, only during a priority one call – emergencies such as … read more.

Barnett: Water is getting worse now
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Staff at Lake Wales Museum and Cultural Center kicked off its 2018 Speaker Presentation Series Thursday night with award-winning environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett and her presentation, “Blue Revolution: A water ethic for Florida.” Barnett’s presentation … read more.

Graduation rate rises to 75.4 percent
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
Polk County Public Schools district’s graduation rate rose to 75.4 percent, an increase of 3.6 percentage points, according to the latest data from the Florida Department of Education. “We are beyond proud of the results we have achieved for our … read more.

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State, National and World News
US indexes are weighed down
Fri  Jan 19 2018 01:19AM
Losses among Boeing, General Electric and other big industrial companies weighed on U.S. stocks Thursday, pulling the market below the record highs it set the day before. Energy stocks contributed to the modest decline following a slide in crude oil … read more.

Amazon sweepstakes is narrowed down to 20 competitors
Fri  Jan 19 2018 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Amazon’s second home could be in an already tech-heavy city, such as Boston, New York or Austin, Texas. Or it could be in the Midwest, say, Indianapolis or Columbus, Ohio. Or the company could go outside the … read more.

Prosecutor: Parents starved kids until they stopped growing
Fri  Jan 19 2018 01:19AM
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for months at a time and forbidding them from showering more … read more.

Can #MeToo movement do harm? Ansari story raises question
Fri  Jan 19 2018 01:19AM
The #MeToo movement has been embraced by legions of women as a vital step toward countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct. This week, more so than at any point in the movement’s brief history, there’s visceral discussion about its potential … read more.

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