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Crystal Lake, Gibbons rated top for community school
Wed  Jul 19 2017 10:44AM
BARTOW – When the Polk County School Board meets on July 25, they will be presented with an idea to turn one of its schools into a community school, either … read more.
Homestead Exemption faceoff at Tiger Bay
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The faceoff was set for at last week’s Tiger Bay meeting with Florida Rep. Neil Combee at the podium saw Polk County Commissioners George Lindsey and John Hall … read more.
Fields recommends current tax rates for next year
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Despite some economic growth along the State Road 60 corridor which will increase city tax revenue next year, Lake Wales City Manager Kenneth Fields recommended maintaining current … read more.
Liberty Lady: A true story of WWII spying
Wed  Jul 19 2017 10:44AM
BARTOW – On March 6, 1944, during the first large scale daylight raid on Berlin, a B-17 Bomber was forced to land after receiving heavy damage. Fortunately, they had not landed … read more.
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The Goss is gone
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The end of an era could be seen in Bartow on Friday. The Goss press was taken apart and junked from the back of The Polk County Democrat. It drew some passersbys as the job took most of … read more.

Dogs are coming to the party
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
Bring your pet to this month’s Friday Fest this week and perhaps you can go home with a prize. The “Dog Days of Summer” Friday Fest is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. along East Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Bartow. … read more.

She is walking across America for homeless, vets
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN — She has been through 30 pairs of tennis shoes and 16 states so far. Kim Denmark of Dayton, Ohio, is on a mission to raise awareness for homeless people and for the military. Once a business owner … read more.

Sewage, roads, downtown are CRA priorities
Wed  Jul 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Several dozen residents voiced how best to invest tax money in Lake Wales over the next few years at a Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency workshop July 13 at the James P Austin III Community Center. A … read more.

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State, National and World News
Jordan releases security footage of shooting of 3 US troops
Tue  Jul 25 2017 01:19AM
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s military released security camera footage Monday of a shooting in which a Jordanian soldier killed three U.S. military trainers at an air base in the kingdom. The video had previously been shown to the families of … read more.

Charlie Gard parents drop legal fight, agree to let him die
Tue  Jul 25 2017 01:19AM
LONDON — The parents of Charlie Gard, whose battle to get their critically ill baby experimental treatment stirred international sympathy and controversy, dropped their legal effort Monday, saying tearfully that it was time to let their son die. At an … read more.

Trump FBI pick represented Christie a year before agreement
Tue  Jul 25 2017 01:19AM
TRENTON, N.J. — President Donald Trump’s pick to run the FBI represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for nearly a year before a mandatory retainer agreement was signed, according to records obtained by a New York City radio station. Christopher … read more.

Court: Officials can’t detain immigrants without charges
Tue  Jul 25 2017 01:19AM
BOSTON — Massachusetts court officers do not have the authority to arrest someone suspected of being in the U.S. illegally if that person is not facing criminal charges, the state’s highest court ruled Monday. The Supreme Judicial Court opinion applied … read more.

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