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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
How does that sofa look in my house? Lowe’s app can show you
Mon  Sep 25 2017 07:27PM
NEW YORK — Lowe’s will launch an app early next month that will use augmented reality to make it easier to envision what a piece of furniture will look like in your home or office. Users will be able to … read more.

Bass Pro completes $4 billion acquisition of Cabela’s
Mon  Sep 25 2017 07:27PM
OMAHA, Neb. — Bass Pro Shops’ roughly $4 billion acquisition of rival outdoor retailer Cabela’s is complete, but the small western Nebraska town that has been home to Cabela’s is still wondering about its future. Monday’s closing announcement didn’t address … read more.

A rare tumble for tech stocks
Mon  Sep 25 2017 07:27PM
NEW YORK — Technology stocks slammed into reverse on Monday, and the losses overshadowed gains in other areas of the market to send broad U.S. indexes lower. Treasury bond prices and gold rose, meanwhile, as investors looked for safer places … read more.

Myanmar officials: Insurgents killed 45 Hindu villagers
Mon  Sep 25 2017 07:25PM
YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar officials said Monday they have discovered at least 45 slain Hindus in three mass graves in the Southeast Asian country’s conflict-torn northern Rakhine state. The government blames Muslim insurgents for the killings. Two of the graves … read more.

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