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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Citrus faces sharp drop; help may be coming
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s struggling orange crop is expected to drop 21 percent this growing season, a percentage some believe could become larger as farmers continue to suffer the effects of … read more.
Mr. Central Florida is Ron Lash
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKELAND — “Every year it keeps getting bigger and better,” said Roxann Bonta, president and CEO of Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center, a not for profit that held its … read more.
Water Coop to sign $23 million contract today
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
AUBURNDALE – Wednesday, mayors and city managers from every municipality in the county except Frostproof will be meeting to discuss $23 million worth of spending over the next five years … read more.
Hospitals donate to Care Centers for Irma recovery
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Leaders with Community Health Systems, the parent corporation that owns Lake Wales Medical Center and Heart of Florida Hospital, donated $30,000 to help Hurricane Irma victims in … read more.
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Director on the way for Main Street
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES — After years of having no Main Street director in Lake Wales, the city commission has formed a partnership with Main Street and the Lake Wales CRA to make that happen. A contract designating $100,000 every year for … read more.

Speaker said drive for success must never stop
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – In celebrating its 32nd year, Marjorie Ferrer told Main Street Bartow members at their annual lunch last week they are well on their way to establishing a sociable city. Ferrer, president of downtown Management Consulting LLC, who was … read more.

Merchants set to rock downtown
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Good news is on the horizon for downtown Lake Wales. “Downtown Business Rocks!” has formed, a group of some 29 people including downtown business owners, Webber University students, Chamber of Commerce members and others. “This Downtown Merchants … read more.

Bartoberfest set this Friday downtown
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Halloween is making its first call in Bartow this weekend as Friday Fest has its first Bartoberfest. Held every third Friday of the month, Friday Fest at the Oct. 20 party will not only have themed music but will … read more.

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State, National and World News
Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
Fri  Oct 20 2017 09:46PM
NEW DELHI — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria … read more.

Q&A on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax system
Fri  Oct 20 2017 09:46PM
WASHINGTON — Divided Republicans in Congress are tackling an ambitious overhaul of the nation’s tax system that would deeply cut levies for corporations and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans. Despite controlling Congress and the White House, … read more.

US stocks end higher
Fri  Oct 20 2017 09:46PM
Wall Street capped a week with no shortage of milestones with a few more Friday. U.S. stocks closed modestly higher, lifting the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its fifth record close in a row. The Dow Jones industrial average, … read more.

Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack
Fri  Oct 20 2017 09:46PM
CAPE CANAVERAL — A spacewalking astronaut successfully replaced a blurry camera outside the International Space Station on Friday, but had to contend with a balky jetpack and a frayed safety tether. Both jetpacks and safety ties are crucial for saving … read more.

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