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Convenience store employee shot, killed
Thu  Oct 27 2016 01:08PM
A Lake Wales man working at a convenience store was shot and killed Thursday morning in a robbery by his car in the parking lot, the Lake Wales Police Department … read more.
Smith fondly remembered
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
The words “generous” and “kind” were the two most commonly used from friends and family recalling Ernest Smith. Smith, 92, passed away Oct. 19, and was remembered more as a man … read more.
Champions Cup spurs emotion
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Every year the annual Champions Cup ceremony reception is one fraught with excitement, gratitude and emotion and this year, it’s seventh annual, proved no exception. On two occasions recipients struggled … read more.
New things this year at Pioneer Days
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Fall is in the air and that can mean only one thing: the 41st Annual Pioneer Days Festival is almost here. Held on Oct. 29 and 30, this year, the event … read more.
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39 Mile Yard Sale next weekend
Thu  Oct 27 2016 11:12AM
If yard-sale-ing is your bag, you will have gone to heaven next weekend. And you can see the East Polk County sights while you leap-frog from sale site to sale site along 39 miles of Scenic Highway along the Ridge. … read more.

Pumpkin carving contest Oct. 29
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Costumes are welcome when you start your trick or treating early at the free Fall Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center, 101 Adventure Ct. in Davenport. In addition to a pumpkin … read more.

Civility short in Berryman, Townsend appearance
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Most Tiger Bay of Polk County luncheons in which candidates face off against one another are marked with civility. That was not always the situation at the Oct. 18 gathering in which Billy Townsend and Hunt Berryman appeared before a … read more.

Rooney faces two challengers in re-election
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
April Freeman’s great-grandfather fought in World War I, her grandfather stormed Normandy Beach in World War II and her uncle was a pilot in Vietnam. Freeman is carrying on her family legacy by running for public office as a Democratic … read more.

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Pence plane slides off runway at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport
Thu  Oct 27 2016 10:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence’s campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm at New York’s LaGuardia Airport Thursday, tearing up two tracks of concrete before coming to rest on a patch of grass. … read more.

Countries OK world’s largest marine reserve in Antarctica
Thu  Oct 27 2016 10:12PM
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world’s largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. The agreement comes after years … read more.

Man leading police on car chase stops at In-N-Out for food
Fri  Oct 28 2016 01:19AM
PHOENIX — Authorities say a man didn’t go to jail hungry after making a stop at a fast food restaurant as he led Arizona police on a car chase. Police tried to arrest the man for an outstanding warrant Wednesday … read more.

Honduran immigrant granted retrial in Florida double murder
Fri  Oct 28 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Honduran man on death row for a double murder in central Florida was granted a retrial by the state Supreme Court on Thursday based on new evidence, including comments a woman made to a friend and … read more.

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