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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
47th Citizens Bank & Trust Arts Festival
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
LAKE WALES — The 47th Citizens Bank & Trust Arts Festival hosted by the Lake Wales Arts Council kicks off on the shores of Lake Wailes for three jam packed … read more.
Facility would use more power than all of Bartow
Wed  Jan 31 2018 10:54AM
BARTOW – Polk County Board of County Commissioners are laying out the red carpet in an attempt to convince business leaders with a nationwide corporation to build what is being … read more.
Local, state, federal reactions to school shooting
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
BARTOW – A week after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the worst school shooting in five years, leaders are taking steps to maintain local school security. Saturday, … read more.
16th Annual O’Hara’s Orange Blossom Festival
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
FROSTPROOF – Thousands of area residents converged on downtown Frostproof Saturday for the 16th Annual O’Hara’s Orange Blossom Festival. After the early morning 5k Frostproof Rotary Run, hundreds of cars … read more.
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Mayor speaks on city projects
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
As boats floated by with their cargoes of leisure - folks out for a sunny voyage on one of Winter Haven’s beautiful lakes, the Harborside Restaurant conference room bustled with activity as the Federated Republican Women held their officer installation … read more.

Last election for Bartow mayor; LW has a vacant seat
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
BARTOW – After a dozen years of service on the Bartow City Commission, Mayor James F. Clements said if he is re-elected for his fifth term this April, it may be his last. “In my last three years on the … read more.

Coach: Best team ever in Polk County
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Head coach Mike Campbell said the 1993 Lake Wales High School baseball team is the best overall athletic team in Polk County history. Saturday, around three-quarters of the 1993 team reunited for the first time since winning … read more.

Roberts Avenue closes for a week
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
BARTOW — Starting Monday morning, emergency sewer repairs by Polk County Utilities will close Roberts Avenue in the Jan Phyl Village section of unincorporated Winter Haven for about a week. While Roberts Avenue will be closed to through-traffic, residential access … read more.

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State, National and World News
Trump, Turnbull praise each other on immigration and taxes
Sat  Feb 24 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull put their “mateship” on full display Friday at the White House as they took turns praising each other’s approaches on immigration and taxes. Their relationship got off to a … read more.

California parents face new charges in kids’ torture case
Sat  Feb 24 2018 01:19AM
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A Southern California couple suspected of starving and shackling some of their 13 children pleaded not guilty Friday to new charges of child abuse. David and Louise Turpin previously entered not-guilty pleas to torture and a raft … read more.

Washington lawmakers exempt themselves from records law
Sat  Feb 24 2018 01:19AM
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved legislation that will make some of their records public in the future, but will circumvent a recent court ruling that found they were already fully subject to the state’s public disclosure … read more.

Five things you probably didn’t know about the Oscars
Sat  Feb 24 2018 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES — You have a firm grip on this year’s Oscar nominees, last year’s winners and what host Jimmy Kimmel will undoubtedly joke about (and the best picture award goes to ... oops). But there are aspects of Hollywood’s … read more.

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