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Youth Villa expands opportunities
Thu  Apr 24 2014 11:27AM
Since 1972, the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Inc., with the local campus located between Bartow and Lake Wales, has been key in helping teen girls gain direction and develop goals … read more.
Brewster residents to get together
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
So far, some 240 people have preregistered for the 44th Annual Brewster Reunion to be held May 5 at the Bartow Civic Center. The covered dish luncheon and memory-fest will … read more.
Landmark is example of when egos collide
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
When egos collide, genius is often the result. Last week’s Lunch and Learn session at the Polk County History Center showed how the Frank Lloyd Wright structures at Lakeland-based Florida … read more.
Ullman gets five years, probation
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
A somber and contrite David C. Ullman, 55, of Lake Wales, was sentenced Tuesday, April 22, to five years in prison followed by another five years probation as a sex … read more.
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Brown: Bartow’s entrepreneur
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
The highlight of the 17th annual luncheon of the Neighborhood Improvement Corporation at the L.B. Brown House Wednesday was the announcement that L.B. Brown is going to be the subject in high school of Florida entrepreneurs. Among the 75 people … read more.

Volunteers honored at lunch
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Perhaps Bartow Mayor James F. Clements put into view Wednesday at the annual luncheon of the Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (NIC) what the L.B. Brown house and museum means the community. “I’m sitting here under a mulberry tree and I wondered … read more.

Putnam: Citrus greening ‘has reached a crisis point’
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
ST. PETERSBURG — This year’s Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit’s lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that’s infecting the trees is to blame. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week released its citrus production … read more.

Build or not to build
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Airport Authority commissioners were asked to consider a proposal by Verizon at its Monday, April 14 meeting. The telecommunications company wants to build — at its own expense — a monopole tower on the site where a former water tower … read more.

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State, National and World News
Chiquita asks court to toss terror payments case
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
MIAMI (AP) — Produce giant Chiquita Brands International says the U.S. is the wrong place for lawsuits to be pursued against it by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war. A Chiquita attorney asked an … read more.

ABC signs Stephanopoulos to contract extension
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News has signed George Stephanopoulos to a contract extension, the last member of its “Good Morning America” team to agree to a new deal. ABC News President James Goldston said Thursday that Stephanopoulos will remain … read more.

Kiev: Moscow is backing eastern separatists
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s acting president has accused Russia of backing separatists in the country’s restive east and demanded that Moscow stop its intimidation campaign and leave his country alone. Oleksandr Turchynov said in an address to the nation … read more.

Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government says it has decided to halt peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a new unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions. The decision appears to end a nine-month peace initiative by U.S. Secretary … read more.

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