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Mosaic: Water is safe
Wed  Sep 28 2016 08:30AM
While it seems there may be no danger to residents because of a sinkhole that formed under one of Mosaic’s gypstacks, the news gotten the attention of Democratic candidate Hillary … read more.
County, DEP talk about sinkhole
Wed  Sep 28 2016 08:30AM
Polk officials Friday did a Tallahassee-turnaround trip to talk with the state environmental agency about why nearby homeowners and why the public weren’t immediately clued in on a Mosaic tainted-water … read more.
Resident: They should have told us something
Wed  Sep 28 2016 08:30AM
David Fontana said he stopped cooking with well water from his tap after a sinkhole opened under a Mosaic Fertilizer operation and sent millions of gallons of contaminated water into … read more.
Trailer is Nicaragua bound
Tue  Sep 27 2016 03:59PM
Fort Meade churches received enough clothes, food, toys, and other donated items to fill a trailer and ship it to needy villagers in Nicaragua. For the past week, a 45-foot … read more.
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Vanguard celebrating 50 years of innovative teaching
Wed  Sep 28 2016 08:30AM
For 50 years, Vanguard School has been facilitating both local and international students with learning disabilities, allowing them to receive a quality education that they otherwise would not have. The boarding school would not be where it is today had … read more.

Charter teachers get raise
Wed  Sep 28 2016 08:30AM
Most teachers prefer an apple on their desk during the start of the school year. However, many teachers within the Lake Wales Charter Schools will receive a sweeter treat with a raise in their salaries as soon as this Friday. … read more.

Summerlin Academy to spread its wings
Wed  Sep 28 2016 08:30AM
Their footsteps echoed in the multipurpose room, but they didn’t have the quick-step, perfect harmony that their big brothers’ do. These were fledgling cadets for what isn’t really a school yet, and they were still learning the cadence and how … read more.

Riley, BPD win diversity awards
Wed  Sep 28 2016 08:30AM
A former NFL superstar who returned home and started a second career helping youth and the Bartow Police Department were the winners of the annual C.C. Corbett Diversity Awards at Wednesday’s Diversity Luncheon. Richard Dreyer, the co-chairman of the Community … read more.

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Slippers lead to suspect’s arrest in Florida church fire
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
FORT PIERCE (AP) — A 38-year-old man is charged with arson after police say he set fire to a Fort Pierce church. Police spokesman Ed Cunningham says cameras at Indian River Presbyterian Church captured the arsonist pouring a liquid on … read more.

Coast Guard: Number of Cubans caught at sea surges higher
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard says the number of Cubans intercepted at sea while trying to reach U.S. shores has risen even higher amid Washington’s increasing contact with Havana. According to a Coast Guard statement , authorities encountered 7,358 … read more.

SpaceX’s Elon Musk turns to science fiction for Mars ship
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) — If SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s plan to establish a city on Mars sounds like science fiction, then consider the name of his first passenger ship. The answer lies in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the … read more.

Power goes out for more than an hour at Universal Studios
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Power went out for more than an hour and a half at Universal Studios in Orlando, forcing passengers to be evacuated from the Men in Black and Transformers rides. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said that the cause … read more.

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