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7 Rivers Water Festival – Lake Eva Park, Haines City
Fri  Apr 20 2018 03:26PM
BARTOW — On May 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all are invited to the fifth annual 7 Rivers Water Festival at Lake Eva. This family-friendly event is free … read more.
2018 Legislative wrap up
Wed  Apr 11 2018 08:26AM
WINTER HAVEN – Three legislators representing Polk County spoke about the 2018 Florida Legislative Session April 4 at the Chain of Lakes Complex. Legislative sessions, generally speaking, are the two … read more.
2018 municipal elections
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:26AM
BARTOW – Municipal elections took place April 3 in Bartow, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Frostproof, Davenport, and Eagle Lake. Two long-time incumbents lost their bids for re-election, Bartow City Commissioner … read more.
Ross not running for re-election
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:26AM
WINTER HAVEN – U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (R – Lakeland) became the second U.S. Congressman representing parts of Polk County to announce his retirement in as many months. In February, … read more.
More Local News
Polk elementary schools to have armed staff
Fri  Apr 20 2018 08:32AM
BARTOW – The web version of this story has been updated from the April 18 print version with the headline: “Byrd changes mind on arming school staff” to correct a factual error. Around a month ago, Superintendent Byrd published a … read more.

How ‘bout that Honey Do Auction
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:24AM
BARTOW — Bartow’s next Friday Fest will take place on Friday, April 20, from 6 - 9 p.m. along East Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Bartow. The street party sponsored by Clear Springs will feature live musical entertainment … read more.

County “savings” decreasing
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:30AM
BARTOW – Polk County commissioners and county staff talked in great detail about a recent county financial audit at a work session April 10. Chairman Todd Dantzler said many of the details discussed would not be shared publicly at the … read more.

Beneath the Chinaberry Tree
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:28AM
More Downtown Hotels from our Early History Recently we shared information about early hotels that were located in the downtown core on Central Avenue and Third Street. In fact, careful inspection of the oldest known photograph of downtown’s Central Avenue … read more.

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State, National and World News
Pompeo nomination narrowly clears panel, goes to full Senate
Tue  Apr 24 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON —Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, avoided a rare rebuke Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly recommended him, but the vote served as a warning shot to the White House as nominees to … read more.

3 teens accused of killing 1 of the boys’ mothers
Mon  Apr 23 2018 09:50PM
AP-US-Mother-Killed-Son-Charged,318 3 teens accused of killing 1 of the boys’ mothers Eds: Updates with details, background and quotes. Fixes Writethru sequence. Incorporates ME--Woman Killed. The Associated Press LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Three teenagers tried to drug one of the boys’ … read more.

New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims
Mon  Apr 23 2018 09:50PM
BC-US--Lynching Memorial, 6th Ld-Writethru,952 New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims AP Photo ALBA101, ALBA107, ALBA108, ALBA113, ALBA102, ALBA105, ALBA111, ALBA112, ALBA110, ALBA122, ALBA108 Eds: Adds quote from a descendant of a lynching victim who had visited the museum and … read more.

Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt
Tue  Apr 24 2018 01:19AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day, authorities said. Police and … read more.

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