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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Citrus faces sharp drop; help may be coming
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s struggling orange crop is expected to drop 21 percent this growing season, a percentage some believe could become larger as farmers continue to suffer the effects of … read more.
Mr. Central Florida is Ron Lash
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKELAND — “Every year it keeps getting bigger and better,” said Roxann Bonta, president and CEO of Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center, a not for profit that held its … read more.
Water Coop to sign $23 million contract today
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
AUBURNDALE – Wednesday, mayors and city managers from every municipality in the county except Frostproof will be meeting to discuss $23 million worth of spending over the next five years … read more.
Hospitals donate to Care Centers for Irma recovery
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Leaders with Community Health Systems, the parent corporation that owns Lake Wales Medical Center and Heart of Florida Hospital, donated $30,000 to help Hurricane Irma victims in … read more.
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Director on the way for Main Street
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES — After years of having no Main Street director in Lake Wales, the city commission has formed a partnership with Main Street and the Lake Wales CRA to make that happen. A contract designating $100,000 every year for … read more.

Speaker said drive for success must never stop
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – In celebrating its 32nd year, Marjorie Ferrer told Main Street Bartow members at their annual lunch last week they are well on their way to establishing a sociable city. Ferrer, president of downtown Management Consulting LLC, who was … read more.

Merchants set to rock downtown
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Good news is on the horizon for downtown Lake Wales. “Downtown Business Rocks!” has formed, a group of some 29 people including downtown business owners, Webber University students, Chamber of Commerce members and others. “This Downtown Merchants … read more.

Bartoberfest set this Friday downtown
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Halloween is making its first call in Bartow this weekend as Friday Fest has its first Bartoberfest. Held every third Friday of the month, Friday Fest at the Oct. 20 party will not only have themed music but will … read more.

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State, National and World News
Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — One man climbs 24 flights of stairs several times a day alongside dormant elevators. Street vendors hawk plastic washboards for $20. And families outstretch their hands as crews in helicopters drop supplies in communities that … read more.

Target sees new smaller Manhattan store as where it’s headed
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Target sees its new smaller stores in mainly urban areas as a symbol of its future, hoping that shoppers will step away from online buying for trips to stores tailored to the neighborhood. The two-level store in … read more.

Last-minute rebound lifts S&P 500
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
A last-minute surge nudged U.S. stock indexes mostly higher Thursday, barely extending the market’s winning streak and milestone-setting run. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed higher for the fifth straight day, each posting new … read more.

US government: Inspections show Lake Okeechobee’s dike sound
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
CLEWISTON — For the thousands of Floridians who live in the shadow of the 80-year-old dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, there is always a back-of-the-mind fear that the earthen barrier might fail — a twitch that gets ticked up a … read more.

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