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Mistake badly hurts Postal food drive
Wed  May 24 2017 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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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Pakistan warns anti-state social media posts to face charges
Wed  May 24 2017 01:19AM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s interior minister is warning that people posting “anti-state” content on social media will face prosecution. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Tuesday that recent attacks against the country’s army and judiciary are unacceptable. He confirms an ongoing … read more.

US new-home sales drop 11.4 percent in April, most in 2 years
Wed  May 24 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes last month registered the biggest drop in more than two years. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new-home sales skidded 11.4 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000. … read more.

Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines
Wed  May 24 2017 01:19AM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the country’s south under martial rule for 60 days and cut short a visit to Moscow on Tuesday after Muslim extremists allied with the Islamic State group laid siege to a … read more.

6,300-plus stoves recalled following electrocution death
Wed  May 24 2017 01:19AM
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of 6,300 electric stoves in connection with the electrocution death of a plumber last year. The recall is for Blomberg and Summit electric ranges, which … read more.

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