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Water School, part two
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:28AM
(Editor’s Note: This is part two of a multi-part series on Water School, a two-day class offered to elected and other area leaders who want to understand more about water … read more.
School board may overrule Byrd on guns
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:28AM
LAKELAND – The recently enacted Florida gun law, in part, allows local school boards to decide whether to allow school staff to volunteer and possibly be considered as a candidate … read more.
Wild game dinner draws many
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:28AM
Chain of Lakes Fieldhouse project unfolds
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:26AM
Plans continue to unfold for the first phase of the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Field House, the funding of which was approved by the city commission through a $25 … read more.
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Winter Haven residents join CRA committees
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – The Winter Haven Community Redevelopment Agency Board selected five new city residents to serve on CRA advisory committees March 12. Recently Polk County Commissioner Dick Lindley, and in May, former Winter Haven city commission candidate Debra Ogzewalla … read more.

Bartow starts solar era
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:26AM
BARTOW – Mayor James F. Clements gave his city manager all the credit. “George (Long) hit a home run on this,” the mayor said. “It was him thinking outside of the box that made this all happen.” Last week, Bartow … read more.

Keiser makes it possible to work and go to school
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:26AM
Small classes help make Keiser University an attractive choice for busy people who work and wish to finish their education. According to campus president, Rebecca McDonnell, “Keiser University Lakeland offers graduate, Bachelors’ and Associate degrees in a variety of fields, … read more.

Lake Wales teen murdered with bat
Tue  Mar 20 2018 04:14PM
LAKE WALES – A 16-year-old was arrested March 19 for allegedly beating a 15-year-old acquaintance to death by striking him nine times in the face with an aluminum T-ball bat over a girl they both liked. “When I saw the … read more.

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White House staffers on edge as Trump eyes another shake-up
Sat  Mar 24 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is tired of being told “no.” Six weeks of staff churn and pronouncement shocks reflect a president who has grown increasingly confident on the job and more trusting of his instincts. After 14 months in … read more.

Extremist slain, 3 dead after rampage in southern France
Sat  Mar 24 2018 01:19AM
TREBES, France — A gun-wielding extremist went on a rampage Friday in a quiet corner of southern France, killing three people as he hijacked a car, opened fire on police and took hostages in a supermarket, where panicked shoppers hid … read more.

President Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto
Sat  Mar 24 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown — but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a mini-panic with a last-minute veto threat. The episode … read more.

Oregon attorney general considers investigating Facebook
Sat  Mar 24 2018 01:19AM
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s attorney general said Friday she is reviewing whether to launch an investigation of Facebook, including whether it violated a state law that protects online customers’ private information. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum told The Associated Press … read more.

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