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Dixie teams in state tournaments
Sat  Jul 12 2014 08:00AM
The excellence of Bartow’s Dixie Youth Baseball program has once again made itself known as three local teams have qualified for state tournament competition. Two of the teams are facing … read more.
20 in, but more may come
Sat  Jul 12 2014 08:00AM
Some 20 lucky people signed up for Certified Production Technician and OSHA-30 training at the Polk State Corporate College and received free tuition for the classes that also earn them … read more.
End of an Era
Fri  Jul 11 2014 01:06PM
They all left a part of their heart with the Chalet, and there will always be a piece of the Chalet in their hearts. Upon hearing the news this week … read more.
Davis executed for ‘94 rape, murder
Sat  Jul 12 2014 01:19AM
STARKE, Fla. — Florida prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted of the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl. It was the state’s sixth execution this year. … read more.
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McCutchen’s fourth all-star game is also a first
Thu  Jul 10 2014 07:38PM
Fort Meade’s Andrew McCutchen might be making his fourth Major League All-Star Game appearance next week, but he’s recording a first in doing so. That’s because fans voted McCutchen into the game this year, the first time that has happened. … read more.

Explosion, fire at Duke Energy
Thu  Jul 10 2014 07:38PM
No one lost power and there were no injuries when one of four units at the Duke Energy Hines Energy Complex in Fort Meade caught fire Monday afternoon. At 3:15 p.m., high pressure steam lines and a 5,000-gallon lube oil … read more.

Chalet Suzanne was born in a softer, gentler, more relaxing era
Fri  Jul 11 2014 12:26PM
Chalet Suzanne is closing after 83 years, says the Hinshaw family who has lived, worked, created, loved and cherished the property in Lake Wales. Think back to the 1930s when life was a bit slower, people had time for pleasantries … read more.

Chalet Suzanne to close
Fri  Jul 11 2014 12:26PM
After 83 years, the world-famous Chalet Suzanne Restaurant and Inn, one of Lake Wales signature sites, will be closing its doors on Aug. 3, according to owner Dee Hinshaw. After years of struggling with a declining marketplace for its quirky accommodations … read more.

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Governors group skirts ‘radioactive’ Common Core
Mon  Jul 14 2014 01:19AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government’s intrusion into the … read more.

Sheriff: Bus was hit by stolen car going wrong way
Mon  Jul 14 2014 01:19AM
RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — A car that collided with a Greyhound bus on an Indiana highway, killing the car’s driver and injuring 19 people on the bus, had just been stolen and was headed in the wrong direction, authorities said. … read more.

Mayor: Cop killer said he was ‘going to be famous’
Mon  Jul 14 2014 01:19AM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A gunman who killed a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery at a drugstore early Sunday never tried to rob the store and instead lay in wait for police, telling a … read more.

New preschool offers parents glimpse of kids’ day
Mon  Jul 14 2014 01:19AM
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — A new Florida day care and preschool is giving parents the chance to monitor their child throughout the day via webcams. Wee Warriors Daycare and Preschool is scheduled to open Aug. 25 at Fair Haven Baptist … read more.

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