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Mayors roundtable addresses issues
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Eleven area mayors and a county commissioner participated in the 7th Annual Polk Vision Mayor’s Roundtable at Polk State College Center for Public Safety Sept. 6. Those … read more.
#Refillthetruck: Texans, Floridians help each other
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – In early September, with catastrophic flood water from Hurricane Harvey wreaking havoc on his home state of Texas, Navy veteran Bud Allen decided to do something to … read more.
Irma would have benefited Fort Meade biomass plant
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
At least one Polk County business would have found Hurricane Irma’s wrath a boon to their operation, except for the fact the Fort Meade bio-mass electricity producing plant isn’t scheduled … read more.
Winter Haven Manor loses elevator shaft
Wed  Sep 13 2017 03:02PM
WINTER HAVEN – Jorge Delgado said he thought Winter Haven Manor was going to be a safer place to ride out Hurricane Irma than his apartment. He was wrong. “Around … read more.
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Two down, three to go
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Five Polk County residents were recently arrested for allegedly sodomizing a homeless man with a flashlight, beating him to death, burning his body and disposing of it in the Green Swamp area. Two of those accused have now … read more.

Neighbors look out for neighbors
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
If ever there was a time when folks need to watch out for each other, it is now, according to the Winter Haven Police Department. Jamie Brown, the dept. public information officer, noted that the WHPD has received calls of … read more.

Quams are headed to the Peace Corps
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Kirby and Emilie Quam are about to spend the next two years in Senegal, Africa as volunteers with the Peace Corps. The Lake Wales sweethearts will meet the 70 or so other volunteers joining them Sept. 24 … read more.

School lessons: Irma centered this week
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – When youngsters returned to school yesterday, there was plenty of talk in the classrooms, just not about the traditional things like reading, writing and arithmetic. Teachers and school personnel in the Lake Wales Charter system made sure … read more.

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State, National and World News
Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico’s disaster becomes clear
Sat  Sep 23 2017 07:15PM
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as the massive scale … read more.

Senate bill would make online political ads more transparent
Sat  Sep 23 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Legislation floated by two Democratic senators would enhance transparency for online political ads, requiring social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep a public file of election ads and communications. The bill by Sens. Mark Warner of … read more.

Energy leads US stocks indexes
Sat  Sep 23 2017 01:19AM
A listless day on Wall Street finished with U.S. stocks eking out small gains Friday, as strength in energy, phone and industrial companies offset losses elsewhere. Some health insurers bounced back after Sen. John McCain said he wouldn’t support the … read more.

’Little Rock Nine’ members mark school’s 1957 desegregation
Sat  Sep 23 2017 01:19AM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — When she saw images unfold from a deadly white supremacist rally this summer in Virginia, Minnijean Brown Trickey immediately thought about the angry mob she and eight other black students faced when they integrated an all-white … read more.

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