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Bartow power bills lowest in state, Duke Energy near highest
Wed  May 23 2018 08:56AM
BARTOW – According to Bartow City Manager George Long, Bartow has long had a reputation for high power bills. Over the years, city staff have used profit from utility sales … read more.
Grave robbers steal clothing from buried WWII vet
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
BARTOW – Detectives are on the lookout for grave robbers who broke into the vault of a World War II veteran for his clothes sometime before May 10. Willie R … read more.
Charges against LW commissioner dismissed
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
LAKE WALES – Criminal charges against Lake Wales city commissioner Curtis Lee Gibson Jr.— which included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon— have been dismissed by the State’s Attorney office. … read more.
School board seeking renewal of half cent sales tax
Wed  May 23 2018 08:44AM
POLK COUNTY – The Polk County School Board passed a resolution on May 15 requesting that the Board of County Commissioners officially place the renewal of the half cent sales … read more.
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Duke Energy seeking public comment
Wed  May 23 2018 08:42AM
POLK COUNTY – Staff with Duke Energy hosted their third and final public hearing May 15 regarding a new substation and the location 54 miles of new 230-kolovolt transmission lines connecting the Osprey Energy Center in Auburndale to substations in … read more.

Lake Wales seeking better solution for city roads
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
LAKE WALES – There are 86 lane miles of paved road the City of Lake Wales is responsible for keeping in good shape, but doing so is becoming an increasing challenge. This summer, officials are turning to a company that … read more.

County commission may raise property taxes
Wed  May 23 2018 08:40AM
POLK COUNTY – County commissioners were discussing the option of raising property taxes next fiscal year at a recent budget workshop. County Commissioner George Lindsey proposed to raise the property tax millage rate by a point with the provision that … read more.

87-year-old Marine earns high school diploma
Wed  May 23 2018 08:52AM
FROSTPROOF – Arthur Cotton left Frostproof High School two years early in 1948 to join the U.S. Marines to help keep what is now South Korea free. After serving 20 years in the Marines and another 20 as a military … read more.

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Robert Kennedy Jr. backs 2nd-gunman theory in his father’s assassination
Mon  May 28 2018 01:19AM
As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy approaches, conspiracy theories still abound. The latest to add his voice to those who believe there was a second gunman is the senator’s son Robert F. Kennedy Jr. … read more.

A Trump shout-out and more last week in Florida politics
Mon  May 28 2018 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor’s office and all three Cabinet seats are open, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, several congressional seats will … read more.

Website: Orlando is 2nd best city for summer jobs
Mon  May 28 2018 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — A financial-oriented website is ranking the Orlando area as the nation’s second-best city for summer jobs. WalletHub said Orlando ranked only behind Scottsdale, Arizona for the best place to get a summer job. Miami was ranked No. … read more.

Police: Woman held captive slips note to veterinary employee
Mon  May 28 2018 01:19AM
DELAND (AP) — Florida authorities say a woman who was beaten and held captive for two days at gunpoint by her boyfriend escaped when she convinced him bring their dog to an animal hospital — and then slipped a note … read more.

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