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VanBlargan’s fate to be decided tonight
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Back in April, Lake Wales City Clerk Clara VanBlargan was suspended from her job with pay by Lake Wales City Manager Kenneth Fields. According to the city … read more.
Meet Baby Miss United States Agriculture
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
HAINES CITY — When Avie-Lou smiles, everyone takes notice. The little 17-month-old girl has been competing in pageants since she was 9 months old. And now, she has taken the … read more.
‘Death by a thousand pricks’
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
AUBURNDALE – If it gets built as planned, just about every child in Polk County could be paying much higher water bills than their parents ever did. Some water experts … read more.
Chamber poll asks cigar factory ideas
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — Ideas from the public on possible uses for the old Thompson & Co. Cigar Factory in Bartow are being sought by the Bartow Chamber of Commerce. The Bartow … read more.
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Five recognized for their leadership
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Five Polk County residents were honored last week at the Emerging Leaders awards for being gifted leaders in their jobs and community as they inspire others; and the final awardee put into words what it means to be … read more.

Speaker: Death penalty inappropriate punishment
Wed  Aug 23 2017 10:20AM
LAKE WALES – Former 10th Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney Aramis Ayala returned to Polk County to keynote speak at the Lake Wales NAACP 44th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday. For some, Ayala’s stance on the death penalty has reinvigorated … read more.

Night in Black Ball honors community, students
Wed  Aug 23 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Friday night, there were dozens of finely dressed individuals who turned out for an annual formal ball that was held to bring good to their community and help the future. “I want to thank everyone who came out … read more.

Deputy mayor: It’s time to decide
Wed  Aug 23 2017 10:18AM
LAKE WALES – Ever since Lake Wales Commissioner Curtis Gibson was arrested on felony domestic violence charges July 30, fellow commissioner Terrye Howell has been on medical leave. “It’s time to decide, even if she cannot make it to the … read more.

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State, National and World News
Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen, killing at least 41
Wed  Aug 23 2017 09:46PM
CAIRO — An airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition struck a hotel near Yemen’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least 41 people as the alliance stepped up airstrikes against the Houthi rebels and their allies in and around Sanaa. The escalation … read more.

Activists fight North Korea with balloons, DVDs and leaflets
Wed  Aug 23 2017 09:46PM
SEOUL, South Korea — Some send up plastic leaflets that weigh less than a feather and flutter down from the clouds with calls for democracy or blurry cartoons ridiculing North Korea’s ruler. Some send flash drives loaded with South Korean … read more.

Puerto Rico pressing on in its quest for statehood
Wed  Aug 23 2017 09:46PM
WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello recently swore in his dream team for political representation — two senators and five representatives to match the commonwealth’s population. They are expected to travel to Washington soon and ask lawmakers to be … read more.

50M at risk of arsenic poisoning in Pakistan
Wed  Aug 23 2017 09:46PM
ISLAMABAD — Some 50 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater in Pakistan’s Indus Valley — far more than previously thought, according to a new study. Pakistan is aware of the growing problem, with arsenic levels … read more.

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