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School activities indoors during eclipse
Tue  Aug 15 2017 05:04PM
Because of the potential dangers of the partial solar eclipse on Monday afternoon, the Polk County School District plans to move indoors all athletic practices, band rehearsals and after-school programs, … read more.
Cigar factory’s fate in balance
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The fate of the Thompson & Company Cigar could be sealed on Sept. 12. That’s the date Bartow City Commissioners will have a special meeting to decide whether … read more.
Gasoline prices bouncing up and down last few weeks
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Last month, local residents could purchase gasoline for less than $2 per gallon at a few places around Winter Haven. Prices have risen nationwide since, but less … read more.
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Bartow to build solar field
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The city is going solar. By the end of this year, there will be a solar field on 30 acres on the south side of Gaskin Road about three-quarters of mile east of 91 Mine Road. The field … read more.

CITRUS Act: Money and fight face massive uphill battle
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE ALFRED – Researchers with the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred say finding a cure to the global citrus greening problem is a massive uphill battle that will require years of additional research. Citrus … read more.

Mystery of the parking signs
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Not too long ago, less than two months, there were signs on the sidewalks outside the Post Office on Central Avenue reserving the spots for those who needed that office. Now there are no signs, and no one … read more.

Medical Center employees backpack local students
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Nearly 100 Lake Wales area school students will have new backpacks with lots of new school supplies, thanks to the employees at Lake Wales Medical Center. The hospital held a backpack drive this summer to gather school … read more.

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Recalls this week
Sat  Aug 19 2017 01:19AM
BABY RATTLES DETAILS: BRIO soft hammer baby rattle toys. They have a wooden handle with a white plastic teething ring at one end and a red, yellow, white and green hammer head at the other end. BRIO is stamped on … read more.

A midday rally fades as sporting goods stocks are penalized
Sat  Aug 19 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped in the final minutes of trading Friday and ended a rough week with more losses. Bad news from sporting goods retailers weighed on the market. A day before, stocks had taken their biggest … read more.

US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists
Fri  Aug 18 2017 08:24PM
BC-ML--United States-Iraq, 2nd Ld-Writethru,599 US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists AP Photo WX108 Eds: Updates with quotes, detail. With AP Photos. By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Senior U.S. military leaders said Friday … read more.

Report: Driver in Barcelona attack was killed in Cambrils shootout
Sat  Aug 19 2017 01:19AM
BARCELONA, Spain — The alleged perpetrator of this week’s Barcelona van attack was shot early Friday along with other terrorists in Cambrils, newspaper El Pais and other media reported Friday, citing police sources. The reports did not name the suspect … read more.

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