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Parking garage started
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
When Thanksgiving week started, people who had business at the county courthouse, or were coming to work there or at the county administration building, were bound to be at their … read more.
Church gives away turkeys, fixings
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
Response was greater than anticipated said Carver Young this past Saturday as he and other volunteers stood in a vacant lot on MLK Boulevard diagonally across the street from Mount … read more.
Cut your own tree
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
The weather should be perfect on Saturday for the hardy and adventurous souls who will be trekking through the Lake Arbuckle Tract of Lake Wales Ridge State Forest on the … read more.
Softball player signs scholarship
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
If you ask Lexi Sims what one of the big attractions of attending college in Fort Myers was, she’d say it was close to the beach. But there were other … read more.
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Holiday Closings
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
Bartow City Hall is closed on Thursday and Friday as is the Bartow Public Library. Both will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30. Bartow garbage is closed Thursday, Nov. 26. Thursday’s collection will be on Wednesday. Friday’s schedule will remain the … read more.

Gas prices tumble for turkey day
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
The average price of gasoline plunged 11 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.14 a gallon. “Motorists are saving around $11 for a full tank of gas compared to this time last year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA, auto … read more.

Rudolph Roundup under way
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
Did you know that there are more than 3,200 children in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties that have experienced abuse and/or neglect? There is a drive under way to help those children and it’s called the Rudolph Roundup. Bring an … read more.

Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM

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Suspected robber sorry about holiday heist
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:02PM
DELAND (AP) — Police say a Florida man charged with robbery told a convenience store clerk he was sorry about committing the alleged crime around the Thanksgiving holiday. WESH 2 News in Orlando reported that Brian McCoy, 27, of Deltona, … read more.

Records: New university pays $200K for public relations firm
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:02PM
LAKELAND (AP) — Records show that Florida Polytechnic University has paid a Tampa public relations firm more than $200,000 for media relations help since April 2013 — 16 months before the school opened. Bills obtained by The Lakeland Ledger in … read more.

Jacksonville zoo gets new elephant
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:02PM
JACKSONVILLE (AP) — A new female African elephant has joined the herd at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The zoo announced that Thandi, who is about 34 years old, arrived earlier this month from The National Elephant Center in central … read more.

Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:02PM

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