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Harris: Conversity the key
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
• Diversity Awards, Page 21 BARTOW – Dr. Richard Harris warned a house of nearly 300 people last week at the annual Diversity Luncheon of what very well could be … read more.
Student recognized for helping ill youth
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN - Lake Wales High School freshman and Winter Haven resident Zachary Kirkland was recently awarded a Youth Service America/Disney/ABC Television $500 Be Inspired grant to make a positive … read more.
CRC chairman taken by surprise
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Get out of my way and go sit down, Leo Longworth said to Gloria Washington at the 2017 Diversity Awards luncheon as he was about to announce the … read more.
Air Force range celebrates 75 years
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – In the year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Avon Park doubled in size from around 3,000 residents to around 7,000. The United States government was in great … read more.
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Magical Illumination Parade
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
Trophies were awarded for the best entries in eight areas Best School Float: Floral Avenue Elementary Best Church Float: Medulla Baptist Church Best Government Float: Board of County Commissioners Best Business Float: Kelley Buick Best Decorated Car: Lakeland Jeep Club … read more.

East Bartow redevelopment project OK’d
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – As of last Wednesday, the Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency embarked on an economic redevelopment project to enhance east Bartow with its Residential Blight Elimination Project. In the project, there are four plans to help people buy, fix and … read more.

Who wants to be the chairman?
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – It was almost like a round robin game when the Community Redevelopment Agency picked a new chairman and vice chairman at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6. After recognizing outgoing member Alan Rayl for leaving the board after … read more.

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State, National and World News
Eighth planet found in faraway solar system, matching ours
Sun  Dec 17 2017 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in number. Even more amazing, machines and not humans made the discovery. NASA joined with Google on Thursday to announce the … read more.

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’
Sun  Dec 17 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic … read more.

China, Britain pledge cooperation as UK leaves EU
Sun  Dec 17 2017 01:19AM
BEIJING — Britain and China pledged Saturday to promote London as a center for offshore use of Beijing’s currency and cooperate in clean energy research and promoting trade as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union. Officials announced … read more.

Amid changing political winds, Florida Gov. mulls next move
Sun  Dec 17 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — For more than a year, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has engaged in a guessing game about his political future: Will he challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018? President Donald Trump has already publicly called on Scott to … read more.

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