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Tampa Bay Times buys the Tampa Tribune
Tue  May 3 2016 04:35PM
ST. PETERSBURG — Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry. Times chairman and CEO … read more.

Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — While it may not seem so unusual nowadays, at one time a woman behind the wheel of a big rig was a big deal. Even today, for many, … read more.
Sitek settling in at Frostproof Care Center
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
After 26 years of helping the Frostproof Care Center provide for local families who cannot help themselves, Ralph Water stepped down earlier this year as its executive director. While his … read more.
Citrus group still figuring out spending options
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — The Florida Citrus Commission will likely have more money to spend in the coming growing season than they thought just a few months ago, but figuring out exactly … read more.
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Byrd takes job as permanent superintendent
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — Polk County’s new school superintendent is expected to “make it, fake it or break it” with her newly approved one-year-contract, said Polk School Board Chairman Kay Fields Tuesday, April 26. Fields’ comment came at a school board workshop … read more.

Mullenax legacy: Listening and budget
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — After serving two terms on the Polk County School Board and 46 years in the school district, Dick Mullenax decided he will not run for re-election. He cited health reasons he is not seeking re-election to his District … read more.

Open house seeks to entice the girls
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — It was a good turnout Saturday at the Bartow branch of Girls Inc., which held an open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The programs offered provide girls are designed to help them build life skills. It provided the opportunity … read more.

Boundary changes to affect 3 percent of voters
Wed  May 4 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — Change is in the wind for Polk County voters and possibly for some addresses, the Polk County Commission learned Friday at its Friday work session. Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards showed commissioners proposed precinct changes resulting from recreated … read more.

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State, National and World News
Florida Gov: Prepare for Zika virus like it’s a hurricane
Wed  May 4 2016 07:38PM
TALLAHASSE (AP) — Florida’s governor says the U.S. government needs to prepare for the Zika virus like it’s a hurricane. Forecasts for a hurricane threatening U.S. coasts trigger certain federal response operations. In a statement Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott says … read more.

FSU student reps: No headdresses at Seminoles games
Wed  May 4 2016 07:36PM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University’s student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games. The Student Government Association approved the nonbinding, formal opinion by a 27-4 vote on April 20 asking the university’s … read more.

Florida teen’s family suing over death on SC ropes course
Wed  May 4 2016 07:36PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The family of a Florida teen has sued over her death at a high ropes course last summer in South Carolina, accusing the group that ran the camp and the company that sold the swing she fell … read more.

Chimp victim hospitalized with face-transplant complications
Wed  May 4 2016 07:36PM
HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut woman who underwent a face transplant five years ago after being attacked by a chimpanzee is back in a Boston hospital after doctors discovered her body is rejecting tissue from the transplant. Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, … read more.

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