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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Modern day dinosaurs
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
When John Storms introduced about 100 onlookers to a Florida crocodile in his reptile show last week, he called it “the “animal that is most feared in the world.” Speaking … read more.
PSC stands with LGBT community
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Only days after the massive killing at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12 did a Polk State College student leader spring into action, to have fellow students show … read more.
Mears: ‘Most fun I’ve had getting beaten’
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
“Drivers, start your engines,” said an announcer at Legoland Florida as 10-year-old Layla Popoff zoomed to victory racing veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Casey Mears on Monday, June 20, in … read more.
Connecting trails to greenways a priority
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
“To me, this is a really important topic,” said Mayor Trish Pfeiffer on Friday, June 17 as she opened the special city commission workshop session regarding the trail system in … read more.
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City seeking new garbage collector
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Winter Haven wants to stick with its recycling program but will be looking for a company that is cheaper than Republic Services, the company that currently provides service to the city. At the June 15 budget review session, the commission … read more.

Sheriff, bus service calling for ‘Summer of Safety
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Sheriff Grady Judd fondly remembers the summer vacations of his youth when he would take the bus to various places in Lakeland for summertime fun. Saving up his weekly allowance, all he needed was a dollar to buy a bus … read more.

City seeking community center
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
A multipurpose public facility that will serve as a community center and provide recreational services and activities was suggested during a city commission budget workshop on June 14. Lake Wales City Commissioners reached a consensus and determined that the city’s … read more.

Two commissioners: Polk’s future promising
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Before an audience of almost 40 people, Polk County Commissioners Melony Bell and R. Todd Dantzler spoke before the guests at the June 14 Tiger Bay of Polk County luncheon, with each reflecting upon their time in office; both are … read more.

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State, National and World News
Motivational speaker Robbins’ coal walk burns more than 30
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:19AM
DALLAS (AP) — More than 30 people who attended an event with motivational speaker Tony Robbins have been treated for burns after Robbins encouraged them to walk on hot coals as a way of conquering their fears, Dallas fire officials … read more.

Consumer confidence is dropping in Florida
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Consumer confidence in Florida is dipping to some of its lowest levels in the last 18 months. The monthly University of Florida consumer sentiment released Friday measured confidence at 89, or down a point from May. … read more.

Florida man gets 343 years’ prison for trying to kill judge
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:19AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to more than 300 years in prison for trying to kill a federal judge in what prosecutors said was an assassination attempt. Media reports show the 343-year sentence was imposed … read more.

Wilcox drops out of Florida Senate race, backs Rubio
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Businessman Todd Wilcox is dropping out of Florida’s Senate race and will back Marco Rubio, who decided at the last minute to run for re-election. Wilcox made his announcement Friday, two days after saying he would … read more.

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