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7 Rivers Water Festival – Lake Eva Park, Haines City
Fri  Apr 20 2018 03:26PM
BARTOW — On May 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all are invited to the fifth annual 7 Rivers Water Festival at Lake Eva. This family-friendly event is free … read more.
2018 Legislative wrap up
Wed  Apr 11 2018 08:26AM
WINTER HAVEN – Three legislators representing Polk County spoke about the 2018 Florida Legislative Session April 4 at the Chain of Lakes Complex. Legislative sessions, generally speaking, are the two … read more.
2018 municipal elections
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:26AM
BARTOW – Municipal elections took place April 3 in Bartow, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Frostproof, Davenport, and Eagle Lake. Two long-time incumbents lost their bids for re-election, Bartow City Commissioner … read more.
Ross not running for re-election
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:26AM
WINTER HAVEN – U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (R – Lakeland) became the second U.S. Congressman representing parts of Polk County to announce his retirement in as many months. In February, … read more.
More Local News
Polk elementary schools to have armed staff
Fri  Apr 20 2018 08:32AM
BARTOW – The web version of this story has been updated from the April 18 print version with the headline: “Byrd changes mind on arming school staff” to correct a factual error. Around a month ago, Superintendent Byrd published a … read more.

How ‘bout that Honey Do Auction
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:24AM
BARTOW — Bartow’s next Friday Fest will take place on Friday, April 20, from 6 - 9 p.m. along East Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Bartow. The street party sponsored by Clear Springs will feature live musical entertainment … read more.

County “savings” decreasing
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:30AM
BARTOW – Polk County commissioners and county staff talked in great detail about a recent county financial audit at a work session April 10. Chairman Todd Dantzler said many of the details discussed would not be shared publicly at the … read more.

Beneath the Chinaberry Tree
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:28AM
More Downtown Hotels from our Early History Recently we shared information about early hotels that were located in the downtown core on Central Avenue and Third Street. In fact, careful inspection of the oldest known photograph of downtown’s Central Avenue … read more.

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Driver in deadly immigrant smuggling case gets life sentence
Fri  Apr 20 2018 11:10PM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The driver of a big rig involved in the deaths of 10 smuggled immigrants in Texas last year was sentenced Friday to life in prison. James Matthew Bradley Jr. pleaded guilty in October to a count … read more.

Romney faces tough GOP crowd in Utah bid for US Senate seat
Fri  Apr 20 2018 11:10PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney faces an intriguing hurdle in his bid to be the U.S. senator from Utah this weekend when he seeks the blessing of far-right leaning delegates at the state convention against a field of … read more.

Man who shot 2 deputies in Florida was mystery to neighbors
Fri  Apr 20 2018 11:10PM
TRENTON, Fla. (AP) — A man who investigators say killed two sheriff’s deputies in rural north Florida was a mystery figure in the small agricultural community rocked by the shooting. John Hubert Highnote, 58, had bought a house on a … read more.

Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for mortgage, auto lending abuses
Sat  Apr 21 2018 01:19AM
Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to misconduct at its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest punishment levied against the banking giant for widespread customer abuses. In a settlement announced Friday, Wells will … read more.

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