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Program builds confidence
Tue  Jul 7 2015 03:44PM
For the past several summers, a program between Lighthouse for the Blind-Winter Haven and the Bartow Church Service Center has been taking place. For three weeks, a select number of … read more.
Obamacare: Where do you go for questions?
Tue  Jul 7 2015 03:44PM
A situation has developed regarding the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare — according to Buddy Wise, who founded the Wise Insurance Agency in 1971, and it shows … read more.
‘Cryin’ Towel’ fundraiser advances toward goal line
Tue  Jul 7 2015 03:44PM
Oh, it’s Cryin’ Towel time/An evening of fun With food and drink/And entertain- “mun” And football coaches/Cryin’ how bad their teams are To anyone who’ll listen/Near and far! ---- (With … read more.
Yard of the Month
Tue  Jul 7 2015 03:42PM
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Bill Gates will pay for this Lake Wales grad’s college
Tue  Jul 7 2015 03:34PM
Sadandre Jackson of Lake Wales may not be one in a million, but he’s one in 1,000 for sure, which puts him in some very elite company nationally. The recent Lake Wales High School IB graduate and top sax player … read more.

Lake Wales enjoys its ‘Fourth’
Tue  Jul 7 2015 03:28PM
Flashes of white lightning and the boom of thunder could be heard and seen over the shores of Lake Wales late Saturday afternoon, but later that evening, the skies would clear to allow for the flash of red, white, and … read more.

Sales to go boom Saturday
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
It was a quiet moment late Thursday morning underneath the tent on Van Fleet Drive where Jimmy Binger and Lisa Cottrell were selling fireworks. Although they had already sold nearly $400 worth, they were enjoying the rare moment. However, they … read more.

‘A Time Remembered’ on the wall
Tue  Jul 7 2015 03:42PM
Rick Powers is one of the local artists whose work is now on display at the jury waiting room at the Polk County Courthouse and his work from Patrick’s Smith’s Florida book “A Time Remembered,” graces the walls/ Powers struck … read more.

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Stocks slip amid global sell-off
Tue  Jul 7 2015 08:30AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. fell broadly following drops in overseas markets as Greeks voted to reject creditor conditions for more loans, but the losses weren’t as steep as many had feared. With time running out for … read more.

Throngs gather for pope in S. America
Tue  Jul 7 2015 01:19AM
GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people filled a park in Ecuador’s main port city Monday for Pope Francis’ first big event of his three-nation South American tour, hoping for a glimpse of Latin America’s first pope returning … read more.

Frisco’s ‘sanctuary’ status under fire
Tue  Jul 7 2015 08:30AM
SAN FRANCISCO — The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on … read more.

Islamic State regains control of Syrian town
Tue  Jul 7 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has regained control of a northern Syrian town captured by Kurdish fighters two weeks ago, activists and IS-linked social media outlets reported Monday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS fighters … read more.

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