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Bartow power bills lowest in state, Duke Energy near highest
Wed  May 23 2018 08:56AM
BARTOW – According to Bartow City Manager George Long, Bartow has long had a reputation for high power bills. Over the years, city staff have used profit from utility sales … read more.
Grave robbers steal clothing from buried WWII vet
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
BARTOW – Detectives are on the lookout for grave robbers who broke into the vault of a World War II veteran for his clothes sometime before May 10. Willie R … read more.
Charges against LW commissioner dismissed
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
LAKE WALES – Criminal charges against Lake Wales city commissioner Curtis Lee Gibson Jr.— which included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon— have been dismissed by the State’s Attorney office. … read more.
School board seeking renewal of half cent sales tax
Wed  May 23 2018 08:44AM
POLK COUNTY – The Polk County School Board passed a resolution on May 15 requesting that the Board of County Commissioners officially place the renewal of the half cent sales … read more.
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Duke Energy seeking public comment
Wed  May 23 2018 08:42AM
POLK COUNTY – Staff with Duke Energy hosted their third and final public hearing May 15 regarding a new substation and the location 54 miles of new 230-kolovolt transmission lines connecting the Osprey Energy Center in Auburndale to substations in … read more.

Lake Wales seeking better solution for city roads
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
LAKE WALES – There are 86 lane miles of paved road the City of Lake Wales is responsible for keeping in good shape, but doing so is becoming an increasing challenge. This summer, officials are turning to a company that … read more.

County commission may raise property taxes
Wed  May 23 2018 08:40AM
POLK COUNTY – County commissioners were discussing the option of raising property taxes next fiscal year at a recent budget workshop. County Commissioner George Lindsey proposed to raise the property tax millage rate by a point with the provision that … read more.

87-year-old Marine earns high school diploma
Wed  May 23 2018 08:52AM
FROSTPROOF – Arthur Cotton left Frostproof High School two years early in 1948 to join the U.S. Marines to help keep what is now South Korea free. After serving 20 years in the Marines and another 20 as a military … read more.

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Kentucky judge candidate dies 1 day after primary victory
Wed  May 23 2018 10:48PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A 43-year-old Kentucky lawyer running for judge collapsed and died the day after he got the most votes in a primary election. Danny Alvarez was described as “a true public servant, a humanitarian, and a champion … read more.

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves
Thu  May 24 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said … read more.

FBI may have disrupted major cyberattack on Ukraine
Wed  May 23 2018 10:06PM
LONDON (AP) — The FBI has put a spoke in the wheel of a major Russian hacking operation potentially aimed at causing havoc in Ukraine, evidence pieced together from researchers, Ukrainian officials and U.S. court documents indicates. On Wednesday, network … read more.

Trump launches probe into auto imports, possible tariffs
Wed  May 23 2018 10:06PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald … read more.

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