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The struggle continues
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
Rev. Louis Moore stood up at the L.B. Brown Festival Saturday and explained what he gets from the “I Have a Dream” speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered 53 … read more.
Super heroes to land on Main Street
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
Picture one street, a five-block quadrant of town where, elbow to elbow, the picturesque street is filled with Batmans, Capt. Kirks, Spidermen and Darth Vaders of all shapes and sizes. … read more.
Jeepin with Judd this weekend
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
There’s going to be more than 1,200 jeeps traipsing through the mud this weekend at Clear Springs — with the money going toward the Polk Sheriff’s Charities Inc. And, if … read more.
Lake Wales moving ahead on water project
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
The City of Lake Wales made strides to become one of the first cities to participate within a countywide cooperative to address Central Florida’s dwindling water supply. Lake Wales City … read more.
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Goal should be regionalization, TPO told
Tue  Feb 14 2017 04:39PM
Polk County transportation planners have to keep their eyes on their neighbors and adopt a regional approach to solving major mobility issues, the county’s Transportation Planning Organization learned last week. The county also has to vigorously pursue legislative help to … read more.

Orange Blossom blasts off Saturday
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
FROSTPROOF – The 15th Annual O’Hara’s Orange Blossom Festival and Classic Car Show is Saturday starting 9 a.m., and continuing throughout the afternoon. Hundreds of antique and classic cars, monster trucks, drag racers and possibly the Budweiser racing boat will … read more.

City gets mediocre ‘report card’ per longtime resident
Tue  Feb 14 2017 04:56PM
Every year Gerald J. Cochran provides Bartow City Commissioners, as well as City Manager George Long and City Attorney Sean Parker with his “report card.” It has never been a good report card, but this year was an improvement, at … read more.

Democrats working to unite itself
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
Democrats undoubtedly suffered a huge loss nationwide during the last election, losing not only the White House, but also the House, Senate, and several state governorships. However, in spite of their loss, what did not kill them only made them … read more.

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State, National and World News
A month of Trump: Tweets and turmoil for the 45th president
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables … read more.

Pence says US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:19PM
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will “hold Russia accountable” and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed … read more.

States in US West mark 75th anniversary of internment order
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:19PM
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — States in the American West are marking the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that forced 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans into internment camps. Most were from Oregon, … read more.

Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:18PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least two people, eased off Saturday but it was only a temporary reprieve … read more.

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