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Mosaic: Water is safe
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Mulberry residents can rest assure knowing that their water is being tested for safety and that a sinkhole within their community is expected to be filled by next year, Mosaic … read more.
Students come to aid of police officer
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — Hundreds of individuals, more than a dozen local businesses and at least two non-profits have shown their support for PCSO Deputy Adam Pennell in the month since he … read more.
Message: Get on social media
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Dozens of area non-profit organization workers jammed a meeting room at Polk State College in Lakeland Friday to hear from three of the best and learn which dozen had been … read more.
Pets in Animal Control find new homes
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
It was only shortly past noon Saturday and already more than 200 people had arrived at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control facility on DeCastro Road, Winter Haven. They … read more.
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Clubhouse Road Safety Study meeting Thursday
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
To promote pedestrian safety, Polk County recently partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation to study the Clubhouse Road right-of-way corridor from U.S. 98 to Live Oak Road. County Roads & Drainage Division staff is hosting a public workshop at … read more.

‘Beneath the Crown’
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
When the spotlight and sparkles fade, what remains beneath the crown? A new documentary reveals the story of Miss USA 1967 and Miss Universe 1967, the late Sylvia Hitchcock Carson. The Lake Wales Arts Council plans to screen the 23-minute … read more.

Roosevelt students sale on Thursday
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
For those of you who haven’t already finished your Christmas shopping, here’s your chance to fill those stockings and help out a local school at the same time. On Thursday, Roosevelt Academy in Lake Wales will have its annual Christmas … read more.

Barbecue smoke in the air
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Smoke was in the air as all the barbecue teams turned in their last submission for competition, Saturday, in Lake Wales at the annual Orange Blossom Revue. That barbecue would go well with the country music festival was pretty appropriate … read more.

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Record number of manatees killed in 2016 by boats
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A record number of manatees were killed in 2016 by boat strikes, according to state wildlife data, but overall the number of the beloved sea cows increased in Florida this year. Data posted by the Florida Fish … read more.

Florida lost construction, gained health care jobs in recovery
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida gained more wealthy residents but also more families living below the poverty line between 2010 and 2015 when the Sunshine State participated in an economic recovery from a devastating housing crash and the worst recession in … read more.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:48PM
NEW YORK — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, … read more.

Florida to state workers: You can’t give at the office now
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following negative publicity about administrative costs, as well as a critical audit, the administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it had suspended a program that allowed state workers to make charitable donations through their paychecks. … read more.

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