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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
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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State, National and World News
Al-Azhar sets up religious edict booths in Cairo metro
Sun  Jul 23 2017 08:38PM
AP-ML-Egypt,379 Al-Azhar sets up religious edict booths in Cairo metro Eds: Adds background, interior ministry statement The Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world’s foremost religious institution, has set up booths in Cairo metro stations to … read more.

Florida photographer turns to nature during stroke recovery
Sun  Jul 23 2017 08:38PM
AP-FL--Photographer-Stroke,129 Florida photographer turns to nature during stroke recovery Eds: APNewsNow. The Associated Press VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Clyde Butcher, Florida’s well-known landscape and environmental photographer who suffered a stroke in early May, recently returned to the swamp for a … read more.

60 stung by jellyfish on Florida beach
Sun  Jul 23 2017 08:38PM
AP-FL--Jellyfish Stings,61 60 stung by jellyfish on Florida beach Eds: APNewsNow. The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of beachgoers have been stung by jellyfish along a central Florida beach. Volusia County beach safety officers said they treated … read more.

Report: 2 Miami-Dade cities at bottom for new home buyers
Sun  Jul 23 2017 08:38PM
AP-FL--Florida-New Homebuyers,71 Report: 2 Miami-Dade cities at bottom for new home buyers Eds: APNewsNow. The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A new report lists two South Florida cities as among the nation’s worst for first-time homebuyers. The report from the … read more.

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