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3 critical after wreck on U.S. 17
Wed  Jan 11 2017 05:25PM
Three people, including a 4-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl are in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital after a traffic wreck on U.S. 17 that had closed the road … read more.
County urges state for road construction money
Wed  Jan 11 2017 08:30AM
Polk County Commissioners went to the Polk legislative delegation Friday with their hat in their hand and a wish list for everything from millions for water resources development and highways to … read more.
‘Pioneers’ graduate from Polytech
Wed  Jan 11 2017 08:30AM
It was short and sweet as those things normally go. In just a few minutes, after all the speechifying, little more than a dozen men and a lone girl would … read more.
Rally marks fear of Trump presidency
Wed  Jan 11 2017 08:30AM
Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration is right around the corner. While many Polk County residents are looking forward to him being sworn into office, others are not. Those residents made their … read more.
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This store will do a woman well
Wed  Jan 11 2017 08:30AM
A new boutique in Lakeland is offering good deals on good clothing for a good cause. Well Woman Boutique, which hosted its grand opening last Saturday, is a new resale store that offers, according to its tagline, “gently used clothing, … read more.

Bok Tower Gardens changes admission rates
Mon  Jan 16 2017 04:48PM
To maintain the sustainability for future generations to enjoy Bok Tower Gardens, daily admission rates change that started on Jan. 9 will be in place. Adult general admission is $14 and $5 for children ages 5-12. Combo admission including Pinewood … read more.

Schools: Weak legislators leaves us hurting
Wed  Jan 11 2017 08:30AM
One Polk County School board member Friday accused the Polk legislative delegation of being “weak” and “powerless” in the legislature, maintaining that the lack of “power” left Polk school needs wanting when it comes to funding. Fledgling Board Member Billy … read more.

Mayor: Sell city Nora Mayo Hall
Wed  Jan 11 2017 08:30AM
Winter Haven, Bartow and Haines City took a number last week to take their wish lists to the Polk County Legislative Delegation, with funding requests for a community center, transportation project and water resources topping the wanna-have lists. At the … read more.

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Officials: FBI arrests widow of Orlando nightclub shooter
Mon  Jan 16 2017 09:10PM
WASHINGTON — The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, has been arrested by the FBI in connection with the attack, authorities said Monday. Noor Salman was taken … read more.

Nine early astronauts carrying on US space history
Mon  Jan 16 2017 09:37PM
WASHINGTON — Early U.S. space history is fading with the deaths of Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, John Glenn, the last of the Mercury 7 astronauts, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on … read more.

Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters
Mon  Jan 16 2017 09:37PM
BOISE, Idaho — A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts across the West who fear losing access. Lawmakers earlier this … read more.

Mysterious stranding kills 81 false killer whales off Southwest Florida
Mon  Jan 16 2017 09:09PM
MIAMI — More than 80 false killer whales have been found dead after stranding themselves along the remote coast of Southwest Florida in Everglades National Park, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. So far, the death toll is … read more.

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