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Harris: Conversity the key
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
• Diversity Awards, Page 21 BARTOW – Dr. Richard Harris warned a house of nearly 300 people last week at the annual Diversity Luncheon of what very well could be … read more.
Student recognized for helping ill youth
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN - Lake Wales High School freshman and Winter Haven resident Zachary Kirkland was recently awarded a Youth Service America/Disney/ABC Television $500 Be Inspired grant to make a positive … read more.
CRC chairman taken by surprise
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Get out of my way and go sit down, Leo Longworth said to Gloria Washington at the 2017 Diversity Awards luncheon as he was about to announce the … read more.
Air Force range celebrates 75 years
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – In the year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Avon Park doubled in size from around 3,000 residents to around 7,000. The United States government was in great … read more.
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Magical Illumination Parade
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
Trophies were awarded for the best entries in eight areas Best School Float: Floral Avenue Elementary Best Church Float: Medulla Baptist Church Best Government Float: Board of County Commissioners Best Business Float: Kelley Buick Best Decorated Car: Lakeland Jeep Club … read more.

East Bartow redevelopment project OK’d
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – As of last Wednesday, the Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency embarked on an economic redevelopment project to enhance east Bartow with its Residential Blight Elimination Project. In the project, there are four plans to help people buy, fix and … read more.

Who wants to be the chairman?
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – It was almost like a round robin game when the Community Redevelopment Agency picked a new chairman and vice chairman at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6. After recognizing outgoing member Alan Rayl for leaving the board after … read more.

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State, National and World News
NTSB blames captain, bad safety culture for loss of El Faro
Wed  Dec 13 2017 01:19AM
A ship captain’s unwillingness to listen to his crew’s suggestions to change course from the path of a raging hurricane. A weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to deal with heavy weather. An old ship with outdated lifeboats, … read more.

New highs for S&P 500, Dow
Wed  Dec 13 2017 01:19AM
Big-name companies notched gains on Wall Street Tuesday, delivering more records for two of the major stock indexes. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average finished at all-time highs for the second day this week, … read more.

US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors
Wed  Dec 13 2017 01:19AM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks’ plan to raise entrance costs at other … read more.

Thousands of Russian private contractors fighting in Syria
Wed  Dec 13 2017 01:19AM
MOSCOW — Before he was killed by a sniper in Syria at age 23, Ivan Slyshkin wrote a poignant message on social media to his fiancee: “We will see each other soon — and I will hold you as tight … read more.

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