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BPD fires officer after ‘death letter’
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — Christine Arribas no longer is a member of the Bartow Police Department. She was served with a Notice of Termination by Police Chief Joe Hall on March 23 … read more.
Hackathon to team students with businesses, government
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — It is not for personal prestige or glory to reflect upon the IB School in Bartow that Grady Daniels, along with seven other IB students have embarked upon … read more.
Lake Wales candidates face off at forum
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – From economic development, climate change, and even street names, Lake Wales residents had the opportunity to hear where city commission candidates stood on important issues during a … read more.
Fishing tourney to help youth with brain tumor
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – There is still plenty of time to sign up for the Jade’s Journey Bass Tournament at Camp Mack’s River Resort on the Kissimmee River April 15. Jade … read more.
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Woman turned WWII spy tells her tale
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
LAKELAND — At 96 years old Marthe Cohen packed the house. A couple of months ago she spoke at the sponsorship of Chabad of Lakeland of her survival in a concentration camp and becoming a spy against Germany in World … read more.

It’s youth vs. experience in Frostproof election
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
FROSTPROOF – The Frostproof municipal election April 4 will come down to a choice between youth and experience for seat two on the city council. In the race for seat three, incumbent Jon Albert won by default after challenger Gerald … read more.

Pfeiffer faces Cochran in Bartow
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — “I can’t believe it’s been three years,” Mayor Trish Pfeiffer said. It will be another three years if she is re-elected to the city commission. Running opposite her will be perennial candidate Gerald J. Cochran. Up for grabs … read more.

City drafts law for pot dispensaries
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Whether or not the City of Lake Wales will permit medical marijuana dispensaries within its limits will be determined at the next city commission meeting on April 5. Lake Wales City Commissioners already gave their preliminary approval … read more.

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EPA denies petition to ban pesticide used on crops
Wed  Mar 29 2017 11:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban a common pesticide used on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops, reversing a proposal by the Obama administration to revoke … read more.

Indonesia man swallowed by python, villagers and reports say
Wed  Mar 29 2017 11:20PM
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A 25-year-old Indonesian man has been swallowed whole by a python on the island of Sulawesi, villagers and news reports said. A six-minute video on the website of the Tribun Timur publication shows villagers slicing open … read more.

Lawsuit: Sword blade flew from handle, pierced teen’s head
Wed  Mar 29 2017 11:20PM
ATLANTA (AP) — The parents of a Kentucky teenager say the steel blade of a samurai sword broke off its handle and flew in the air as he played with friends, piercing the boy’s forehead and leaving him in a … read more.

Ban sought for cyanide trap that hurt Idaho boy, killed dog
Wed  Mar 29 2017 11:20PM
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Environmental groups have petitioned the U.S. Agriculture Department to ban its use of cyanide-ejecting devices aimed at killing coyotes after one went off near a boy and his dog earlier this month, killing the dog. The … read more.

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