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First ‘Heritage Days’ event this weekend
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
It’s all about finding solutions than it is finding problems, said Carlos Williams. He’s the president of the Black Entrepreneurs and Leaders Coalition, located in Lake Wales and the surrounding … read more.
Fire fee vote petitions approved
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Petitions that would force the city’s controversial fire fee assessment to a public vote have been approved by the Polk County Supervisor of Elections, according to the man who circulated … read more.
City eyeing airport takeover
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Lake Wales looks like it is about to get into the flying business. City Manager Ken Fields is proposing the city operate its airport in the future, instead of contracting … read more.
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Chalkboard special
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Pizza, green beans, applesauce, the lunch menu at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School was pretty routine last Friday. But the school helped cook up something super special for third-grader Jayda Miller. It was a normal day for the youngster, … read more.

Church fundraises for malaria effort
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
The First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales employed a number of clever methods to reach its goal for fundraising for the Imagine No Malaria campaign for of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and then exceeded that … read more.

Hope Now trying to salvage itself
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Hope Now is busy this week trying to find programs for its remaining clients and hoping to ward off complete closure after the Polk County Commission canceled its contract last week. The Hope Now board of directors was expected to … read more.

Ice cream social Feb. 20
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Lake of the Hills Community Club will host its 52nd annual ice cream social from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 20, at the historic Lake Of The Hills Community Clubhouse Located at 47 E. Starr Ave., Lake Wales. Cost is $5 for adults … read more.

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Ex-students say boarding school kept them in isolation boxes
Sat  Feb 13 2016 03:28PM
By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is being investigated by the FBI routinely kept pupils in small concrete “isolation boxes” for days or weeks and wouldn’t … read more.

Noise harder on children than adults, hinders how they learn
Sat  Feb 13 2016 03:08PM
By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child’s brain than an adult’s, and new research shows it can … read more.

’Finally’: Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — With an exclamation of “Finally,” Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic … read more.

Alabama woman convicted in girl’s running death dies
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By JAY REEVES Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing. Joyce Hardin Garrard, … read more.

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