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BPD fires officer after ‘death letter’
Tue  Mar 28 2017 12:46PM
BARTOW — Christine Arribas no longer is a member of the Bartow Police Department. She was served with a Notice of Termination by Police Chief Joe Hall on March 23 … read more.
Hackathon to team students with businesses, government
Tue  Mar 28 2017 12:48PM
BARTOW — It is not for personal prestige or glory to reflect upon the IB School in Bartow that Grady Daniels, along with seven other IB students have embarked upon … read more.
Lake Wales candidates face off at forum
Tue  Mar 28 2017 12:48PM
LAKE WALES – From economic development, climate change, and even street names, Lake Wales residents had the opportunity to hear where city commission candidates stood on important issues during a … read more.
Fishing tourney to help youth with brain tumor
Tue  Mar 28 2017 12:48PM
LAKE WALES – There is still plenty of time to sign up for the Jade’s Journey Bass Tournament at Camp Mack’s River Resort on the Kissimmee River April 15. Jade … read more.
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Woman turned WWII spy tells her tale
Tue  Mar 28 2017 12:52PM
LAKELAND — At 96 years old Marthe Cohen packed the house. A couple of months ago she spoke at the sponsorship of Chabad of Lakeland of her survival in a concentration camp and becoming a spy against Germany in World … read more.

It’s youth vs. experience in Frostproof election
Tue  Mar 28 2017 12:48PM
FROSTPROOF – The Frostproof municipal election April 4 will come down to a choice between youth and experience for seat two on the city council. In the race for seat three, incumbent Jon Albert won by default after challenger Gerald … read more.

Pfeiffer faces Cochran in Bartow
Tue  Mar 28 2017 12:48PM
BARTOW — “I can’t believe it’s been three years,” Mayor Trish Pfeiffer said. It will be another three years if she is re-elected to the city commission. Running opposite her will be perennial candidate Gerald J. Cochran. Up for grabs … read more.

City drafts law for pot dispensaries
Tue  Mar 28 2017 12:50PM
LAKE WALES – Whether or not the City of Lake Wales will permit medical marijuana dispensaries within its limits will be determined at the next city commission meeting on April 5. Lake Wales City Commissioners already gave their preliminary approval … read more.

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Man accused of killing ex-roommate who stopped in to say bye
Tue  Mar 28 2017 10:14PM
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida man is accused of fatally stabbing his roommate when she stopped by his home on Saturday morning to say goodbye before moving back to Pennsylvania where she grew up, according to sheriff’s investigators. … read more.

Judge sides with Florida governor in removal of prosecutor
Tue  Mar 28 2017 10:14PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s governor has the right to remove a state attorney from a case after the prosecutor said she would not seek the death penalty, a judge said Tuesday as he denied a request to delay the proceedings. … read more.

Family files lawsuit in Canadian filmmaker’s Keys dive death
Tue  Mar 28 2017 10:08PM
MIAMI (AP) — The family of a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist who died during a shark filming excursion in the Florida Keys has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in the death of 37-year-old Rob Stewart blames … read more.

Grupo Mexico to buy Florida railroad for $2.1 billion
Tue  Mar 28 2017 10:08PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican mining and rail conglomerate Grupo Mexico said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to buy Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp. for $2.1 billion. Grupo Mexico Transportes said it will acquire 100 percent of … read more.

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