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Bartow power bills lowest in state, Duke Energy near highest
Wed  May 23 2018 08:56AM
BARTOW – According to Bartow City Manager George Long, Bartow has long had a reputation for high power bills. Over the years, city staff have used profit from utility sales … read more.
Grave robbers steal clothing from buried WWII vet
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
BARTOW – Detectives are on the lookout for grave robbers who broke into the vault of a World War II veteran for his clothes sometime before May 10. Willie R … read more.
Charges against LW commissioner dismissed
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
LAKE WALES – Criminal charges against Lake Wales city commissioner Curtis Lee Gibson Jr.— which included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon— have been dismissed by the State’s Attorney office. … read more.
School board seeking renewal of half cent sales tax
Wed  May 23 2018 08:44AM
POLK COUNTY – The Polk County School Board passed a resolution on May 15 requesting that the Board of County Commissioners officially place the renewal of the half cent sales … read more.
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Duke Energy seeking public comment
Wed  May 23 2018 08:42AM
POLK COUNTY – Staff with Duke Energy hosted their third and final public hearing May 15 regarding a new substation and the location 54 miles of new 230-kolovolt transmission lines connecting the Osprey Energy Center in Auburndale to substations in … read more.

Lake Wales seeking better solution for city roads
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
LAKE WALES – There are 86 lane miles of paved road the City of Lake Wales is responsible for keeping in good shape, but doing so is becoming an increasing challenge. This summer, officials are turning to a company that … read more.

County commission may raise property taxes
Wed  May 23 2018 08:40AM
POLK COUNTY – County commissioners were discussing the option of raising property taxes next fiscal year at a recent budget workshop. County Commissioner George Lindsey proposed to raise the property tax millage rate by a point with the provision that … read more.

87-year-old Marine earns high school diploma
Wed  May 23 2018 08:52AM
FROSTPROOF – Arthur Cotton left Frostproof High School two years early in 1948 to join the U.S. Marines to help keep what is now South Korea free. After serving 20 years in the Marines and another 20 as a military … read more.

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Family: Virginia police shooting video raises more questions
Fri  May 25 2018 11:02PM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of a young, black Virginia man who was fatally shot by police while naked and unarmed said the release of body-camera footage answered some of their questions about what happened but raised even more. … read more.

Alberto it is: First named tropical system chugs toward Gulf
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
MIAMI (AP) — A storm moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend. Subtropical Storm Alberto — the first … read more.

Florida ban on smokable medical pot ruled unconstitutional
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s ban that prevents medical marijuana patients from smoking their cannabis has gone up in smoke. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers on Friday ruled that a state’s ban on smokable cannabis is unconstitutional. Florida’s … read more.

Publix suspends political giving amid anti-NRA protest
Fri  May 25 2018 10:58PM
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of the Parkland school shooting lay down in “die ins” at two Publix supermarkets Friday to protest the chain’s support for a gubernatorial candidate aligned with the National Rifle Association, as the company announced a … read more.

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