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Mistake badly hurts Postal food drive
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – An annual Postal Food Drive collection that allows the Church Service Center to help make it through the summer months with plenty of food was held Saturday. But, … read more.
Dooley wins a Mustang
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Samuel Dooley, a junior at Bartow High School, never imagined driving in a 2017 Red Ford Mustang, but he was lucky enough to do just that last Saturday. … read more.
Water restrictions may be coming soon
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Southwest Polk homeowners may have to let their yards get thirsty if the drought plaguing the area continues much longer, the Polk Board of County Commissioners decided last … read more.
Part of U.S. 98 to close in Frostproof
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
After the morning rush hour on Wednesday, May 24, CSX Transportation will close its rail crossing on U.S. 98 about a half-mile west of the intersection at U.S. 27 in west … read more.
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Sheriff named Polk Patriot
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Sheriff Grady Judd is considered by many Polk County residents to be the best sheriff in the country, yet the honorable sheriff acknowledges his own position as that of a humble public servant. When asked if he … read more.

Memorial Day closings
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Many organizations are closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Winter Haven City Hall and public library is closed. Bartow City Hall and public library are closed. Bartow Garbage: Monday collection will be on Tuesday. Tuesday collection will … read more.

Commissioners consider options in replacing Barrow
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — The Bartow Airport Authority was faced with two options in a special meeting last week in replacing the retiring executive director Cindy Barrow who is planning to retire. The meeting had been called because member Billy Simpson was … read more.

Safety necessary at who’s cost?
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
LAKELAND – While most residents along Clubhouse Road in Highland City are aware of the traffic and safety problems along their road, and many are willing to pay to fix these problems, still a few others remain reluctant to foot … read more.

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State, National and World News
Consultant charged in scheme to trade US secrets for profit
Thu  May 25 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A Washington consultant, three hedge fund workers and a government employee were blamed Wednesday by federal prosecutors for an insider trading scheme that converted government secrets into hedge fund profits. Four were arrested on conspiracy, securities … read more.

Unconscious man rode on car’s trunk for miles
Thu  May 25 2017 01:19AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When police pulled over a Tennessee couple and told them a body was lying on the trunk of their car, they thought it was a joke — until they got out to look. They found an … read more.

Ford’s new CEO gets $1 million bonus, $1.8 million base pay
Thu  May 25 2017 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co.’s new CEO got a $1 million bonus when he took on his new role this week. CEO Jim Hackett will have a base salary of $1.8 million per year. That’s the same base pay … read more.

Ex-officer who shot teen sentenced to 3 months in jail
Thu  May 25 2017 01:19AM
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia police officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old man has been sentenced to three months in jail. News media outlets report that a judge imposed the sentence for former Richmond Police Officer David L. … read more.

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