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Mayors roundtable addresses issues
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Eleven area mayors and a county commissioner participated in the 7th Annual Polk Vision Mayor’s Roundtable at Polk State College Center for Public Safety Sept. 6. Those … read more.
#Refillthetruck: Texans, Floridians help each other
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – In early September, with catastrophic flood water from Hurricane Harvey wreaking havoc on his home state of Texas, Navy veteran Bud Allen decided to do something to … read more.
Irma would have benefited Fort Meade biomass plant
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
At least one Polk County business would have found Hurricane Irma’s wrath a boon to their operation, except for the fact the Fort Meade bio-mass electricity producing plant isn’t scheduled … read more.
Winter Haven Manor loses elevator shaft
Wed  Sep 13 2017 03:02PM
WINTER HAVEN – Jorge Delgado said he thought Winter Haven Manor was going to be a safer place to ride out Hurricane Irma than his apartment. He was wrong. “Around … read more.
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Two down, three to go
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Five Polk County residents were recently arrested for allegedly sodomizing a homeless man with a flashlight, beating him to death, burning his body and disposing of it in the Green Swamp area. Two of those accused have now … read more.

Neighbors look out for neighbors
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
If ever there was a time when folks need to watch out for each other, it is now, according to the Winter Haven Police Department. Jamie Brown, the dept. public information officer, noted that the WHPD has received calls of … read more.

Quams are headed to the Peace Corps
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Kirby and Emilie Quam are about to spend the next two years in Senegal, Africa as volunteers with the Peace Corps. The Lake Wales sweethearts will meet the 70 or so other volunteers joining them Sept. 24 … read more.

School lessons: Irma centered this week
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – When youngsters returned to school yesterday, there was plenty of talk in the classrooms, just not about the traditional things like reading, writing and arithmetic. Teachers and school personnel in the Lake Wales Charter system made sure … read more.

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State, National and World News
US stocks slide, first decline this week
Fri  Sep 22 2017 01:19AM
A slide in technology companies weighed on U.S. stocks Thursday, pulling the market lower for the first time this week and erasing modest gains from a day earlier. Supermarket operators, beverage companies and other consumer-focused stocks also declined. Industrial companies … read more.

Russia says special forces helping Syrian troops
Fri  Sep 22 2017 01:19AM
MOSCOW — A stern Russian warning Thursday against targeting its special forces in eastern Syria heightened concerns over direct clashes between rival Moscow- and Washington-backed forces fighting for the energy wealth to be found among the Islamic State group’s shrinking … read more.

Facebook to release Russia ads
Fri  Sep 22 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Bowing to pressure from lawmakers and the public, the company said it will provide the contents of 3,000 … read more.

Pope admits church realized sex abuse problem ‘a bit late’
Fri  Sep 22 2017 01:19AM
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice of moving pedophiles around rather than sanctioning … read more.

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