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Mistake badly hurts Postal food drive
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – An annual Postal Food Drive collection that allows the Church Service Center to help make it through the summer months with plenty of food was held Saturday. But, … read more.
Dooley wins a Mustang
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Samuel Dooley, a junior at Bartow High School, never imagined driving in a 2017 Red Ford Mustang, but he was lucky enough to do just that last Saturday. … read more.
Water restrictions may be coming soon
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Southwest Polk homeowners may have to let their yards get thirsty if the drought plaguing the area continues much longer, the Polk Board of County Commissioners decided last … read more.
Part of U.S. 98 to close in Frostproof
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
After the morning rush hour on Wednesday, May 24, CSX Transportation will close its rail crossing on U.S. 98 about a half-mile west of the intersection at U.S. 27 in west … read more.
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Sheriff named Polk Patriot
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Sheriff Grady Judd is considered by many Polk County residents to be the best sheriff in the country, yet the honorable sheriff acknowledges his own position as that of a humble public servant. When asked if he … read more.

Memorial Day closings
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Many organizations are closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Winter Haven City Hall and public library is closed. Bartow City Hall and public library are closed. Bartow Garbage: Monday collection will be on Tuesday. Tuesday collection will … read more.

Commissioners consider options in replacing Barrow
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — The Bartow Airport Authority was faced with two options in a special meeting last week in replacing the retiring executive director Cindy Barrow who is planning to retire. The meeting had been called because member Billy Simpson was … read more.

Safety necessary at who’s cost?
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
LAKELAND – While most residents along Clubhouse Road in Highland City are aware of the traffic and safety problems along their road, and many are willing to pay to fix these problems, still a few others remain reluctant to foot … read more.

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State, National and World News
US plans test of defense system to shoot down an ICBM
Sat  May 27 2017 11:02PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed … read more.

Central African Republic killings send entire town fleeing
Sat  May 27 2017 11:02PM
BRIA, Central African Republic (AP) — Scores of blackened homes dot this town where more than 41,000 people have fled for their lives. Deadly sectarian violence that has gripped Central African Republic since 2013 is surging again, even spreading to … read more.

Small plane crashes near Mount Everest; 1 killed, 2 injured
Sat  May 27 2017 11:02PM
BC-AS--Nepal-Plane Crash, 3rd Ld-Writethru,170 Small plane crashes near Mount Everest; 1 killed, 2 injured Eds: Updates with one pilot dead, another in critical condition. The Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A small plane carrying only crew members and cargo … read more.

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Virginia special agent
Sat  May 27 2017 11:01PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia State Police special agent died Saturday after being shot by a man sitting in a car in a Richmond public housing complex, police said. The shooting suspect fled on foot, sparking an overnight manhunt … read more.

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