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Youth Villa expands opportunities
Thu  Apr 24 2014 11:27AM
Since 1972, the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Inc., with the local campus located between Bartow and Lake Wales, has been key in helping teen girls gain direction and develop goals … read more.
Brewster residents to get together
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
So far, some 240 people have preregistered for the 44th Annual Brewster Reunion to be held May 5 at the Bartow Civic Center. The covered dish luncheon and memory-fest will … read more.
Landmark is example of when egos collide
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
When egos collide, genius is often the result. Last week’s Lunch and Learn session at the Polk County History Center showed how the Frank Lloyd Wright structures at Lakeland-based Florida … read more.
Ullman gets five years, probation
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
A somber and contrite David C. Ullman, 55, of Lake Wales, was sentenced Tuesday, April 22, to five years in prison followed by another five years probation as a sex … read more.
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Brown: Bartow’s entrepreneur
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
The highlight of the 17th annual luncheon of the Neighborhood Improvement Corporation at the L.B. Brown House Wednesday was the announcement that L.B. Brown is going to be the subject in high school of Florida entrepreneurs. Among the 75 people … read more.

Volunteers honored at lunch
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Perhaps Bartow Mayor James F. Clements put into view Wednesday at the annual luncheon of the Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (NIC) what the L.B. Brown house and museum means the community. “I’m sitting here under a mulberry tree and I wondered … read more.

Putnam: Citrus greening ‘has reached a crisis point’
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
ST. PETERSBURG — This year’s Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit’s lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that’s infecting the trees is to blame. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week released its citrus production … read more.

Build or not to build
Sat  Apr 19 2014 08:00AM
Airport Authority commissioners were asked to consider a proposal by Verizon at its Monday, April 14 meeting. The telecommunications company wants to build — at its own expense — a monopole tower on the site where a former water tower … read more.

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First lady touts one-stop job site for vets
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to … read more.

Amid Russian warning, Ukraine’s in a security bind
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov … read more.

New Syrian gas attacks?
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, … read more.

Teen ‘had no clue’ he was in Maui
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
HONOLULU — Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner’s wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, … read more.

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