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Bartow power bills lowest in state, Duke Energy near highest
Wed  May 23 2018 08:56AM
BARTOW – According to Bartow City Manager George Long, Bartow has long had a reputation for high power bills. Over the years, city staff have used profit from utility sales … read more.
Grave robbers steal clothing from buried WWII vet
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
BARTOW – Detectives are on the lookout for grave robbers who broke into the vault of a World War II veteran for his clothes sometime before May 10. Willie R … read more.
Charges against LW commissioner dismissed
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
LAKE WALES – Criminal charges against Lake Wales city commissioner Curtis Lee Gibson Jr.— which included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon— have been dismissed by the State’s Attorney office. … read more.
School board seeking renewal of half cent sales tax
Wed  May 23 2018 08:44AM
POLK COUNTY – The Polk County School Board passed a resolution on May 15 requesting that the Board of County Commissioners officially place the renewal of the half cent sales … read more.
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Duke Energy seeking public comment
Wed  May 23 2018 08:42AM
POLK COUNTY – Staff with Duke Energy hosted their third and final public hearing May 15 regarding a new substation and the location 54 miles of new 230-kolovolt transmission lines connecting the Osprey Energy Center in Auburndale to substations in … read more.

Lake Wales seeking better solution for city roads
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
LAKE WALES – There are 86 lane miles of paved road the City of Lake Wales is responsible for keeping in good shape, but doing so is becoming an increasing challenge. This summer, officials are turning to a company that … read more.

County commission may raise property taxes
Wed  May 23 2018 08:40AM
POLK COUNTY – County commissioners were discussing the option of raising property taxes next fiscal year at a recent budget workshop. County Commissioner George Lindsey proposed to raise the property tax millage rate by a point with the provision that … read more.

87-year-old Marine earns high school diploma
Wed  May 23 2018 08:52AM
FROSTPROOF – Arthur Cotton left Frostproof High School two years early in 1948 to join the U.S. Marines to help keep what is now South Korea free. After serving 20 years in the Marines and another 20 as a military … read more.

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Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 31; 9 deaths
Fri  May 25 2018 12:32AM
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometers, a World Health Organization official said as the health ministry on Thursday announced that confirmed cases had … read more.

Space station accepts special delivery from Virginia
Fri  May 25 2018 12:32AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station accepted delivery Thursday of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia. A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Wallops Island. Orbital ATK shipped … read more.

Maui’s Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach’s best beach list
Fri  May 25 2018 01:19AM
A crescent-shaped beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui got the top slot Thursday on the list of best beaches issued annually by a Florida professor known as Dr. Beach. Kapalua Bay Beach topped the list released by Stephen Leatherman, … read more.

Last year Jacksonville and Fruitland Park, led Florida in growth
Fri  May 25 2018 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — When city manager Gary La Venia first arrived in the city of Fruitland Park five years ago, his commute was on a two-lane road bordered by open fields on either side. Nowadays, that same route has become … read more.

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