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Jackson speaks highly of strategic plan
Sat  May 30 2015 08:30AM
Although most of the conversations brought to the table at the fifth Mayors Roundtable did not delve deeply into matters of importance, nevertheless there were some “hot button” items the … read more.
Fire assessment fee a ‘burning’ issue
Sat  May 30 2015 08:30AM
One of the key issues discussed at length during the Fifth Annual Mayors Council was the topic of fire assessment fees. While Bartow has a fee, in which it charges … read more.
Saluting the Fallen
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
Lake Wales saluted those who gave the ultimate sacrifice Monday, May 25, with Memorial Day ceremonies across town that included both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2420 and American … read more.
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Impact fee moratorium extended in Frostproof
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
Frostproof residents and commercial property owners can expect to continue not paying impact fees, along with the rest of the county, for another six months. Frostproof City Council members reached a consensus to follow suite with the county and maintain … read more.

Take a look at the Leader in Me
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
Polk Avenue Elementary Principal Gail Quam couldn’t have been more happy when the school held their Leadership Day, a culmination of what the students are doing in their leadership development journey, “Leader in Me,” based on their adaptation of Steven … read more.

Organizers want to raise bar after Relay nets $38,562
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
This year’s Relay For Life in Bartow raised $38,562, tens of thousands of dollars less than what is usually raised. But for those participating it wasn’t that discouraging. “We succeeded in what we wanted to accomplish,” said Sylvia Barker. “But … read more.

Downtown roadway closed this weekend
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
Scenic Highway 17 through Downtown Lake Wales at Osceola Avenue will closed this weekend, from 6 p.m. May 29 to 6 a.m. June 1, as workers install pipes than will improve drainage in the area. The roadwork is expected to begin early Saturday morning. … read more.

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State, National and World News
Cuba off US terror list
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
HAVANA — The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.  Secretary … read more.

Economic news drives stocks lower
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Friday following news that the U.S. economy shrank in the first three months of the year. The revised data showed that gross domestic product contracted 0.7 percent in the first quarter. That was worse … read more.

More rain brings more serious flooding in Texas
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms that have killed at least 20 people and left 14 missing. The line of thunderstorms … read more.

Suspected Nazi war criminal dies in Quebec
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
MONTREAL (AP) — The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said. Vladimir Katriuk passed away … read more.

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