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Water School, part two
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:28AM
(Editor’s Note: This is part two of a multi-part series on Water School, a two-day class offered to elected and other area leaders who want to understand more about water … read more.
School board may overrule Byrd on guns
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:28AM
LAKELAND – The recently enacted Florida gun law, in part, allows local school boards to decide whether to allow school staff to volunteer and possibly be considered as a candidate … read more.
Wild game dinner draws many
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:28AM
Chain of Lakes Fieldhouse project unfolds
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:26AM
Plans continue to unfold for the first phase of the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Field House, the funding of which was approved by the city commission through a $25 … read more.
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Winter Haven residents join CRA committees
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – The Winter Haven Community Redevelopment Agency Board selected five new city residents to serve on CRA advisory committees March 12. Recently Polk County Commissioner Dick Lindley, and in May, former Winter Haven city commission candidate Debra Ogzewalla … read more.

Bartow starts solar era
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:26AM
BARTOW – Mayor James F. Clements gave his city manager all the credit. “George (Long) hit a home run on this,” the mayor said. “It was him thinking outside of the box that made this all happen.” Last week, Bartow … read more.

Keiser makes it possible to work and go to school
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:26AM
Small classes help make Keiser University an attractive choice for busy people who work and wish to finish their education. According to campus president, Rebecca McDonnell, “Keiser University Lakeland offers graduate, Bachelors’ and Associate degrees in a variety of fields, … read more.

Lake Wales teen murdered with bat
Tue  Mar 20 2018 04:14PM
LAKE WALES – A 16-year-old was arrested March 19 for allegedly beating a 15-year-old acquaintance to death by striking him nine times in the face with an aluminum T-ball bat over a girl they both liked. “When I saw the … read more.

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Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year
Thu  Mar 22 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate and signaling confidence in the U.S. economy’s durability but plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell. The Fed said … read more.

Tempest over Trump-Putin call turns into uproar over leaks
Thu  Mar 22 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The tempest over President Donald Trump’s congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin quickly grew on Wednesday into an uproar over White House leaks, sparking an internal investigation and speculation over who might be the next person Trump forces … read more.

Trump swings behind massive budget; big military increase
Thu  Mar 22 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders all but finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill Wednesday that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant “Dreamers,” deprives President Donald Trump some of his border wall money and takes only … read more.

Thu  Mar 22 2018 01:19AM
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his own devices to blow himself up. But police warned that he could have planted more bombs … read more.

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