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Citrus faces sharp drop; help may be coming
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s struggling orange crop is expected to drop 21 percent this growing season, a percentage some believe could become larger as farmers continue to suffer the effects of … read more.
Mr. Central Florida is Ron Lash
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKELAND — “Every year it keeps getting bigger and better,” said Roxann Bonta, president and CEO of Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center, a not for profit that held its … read more.
Water Coop to sign $23 million contract today
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
AUBURNDALE – Wednesday, mayors and city managers from every municipality in the county except Frostproof will be meeting to discuss $23 million worth of spending over the next five years … read more.
Hospitals donate to Care Centers for Irma recovery
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Leaders with Community Health Systems, the parent corporation that owns Lake Wales Medical Center and Heart of Florida Hospital, donated $30,000 to help Hurricane Irma victims in … read more.
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Director on the way for Main Street
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES — After years of having no Main Street director in Lake Wales, the city commission has formed a partnership with Main Street and the Lake Wales CRA to make that happen. A contract designating $100,000 every year for … read more.

Speaker said drive for success must never stop
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – In celebrating its 32nd year, Marjorie Ferrer told Main Street Bartow members at their annual lunch last week they are well on their way to establishing a sociable city. Ferrer, president of downtown Management Consulting LLC, who was … read more.

Merchants set to rock downtown
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Good news is on the horizon for downtown Lake Wales. “Downtown Business Rocks!” has formed, a group of some 29 people including downtown business owners, Webber University students, Chamber of Commerce members and others. “This Downtown Merchants … read more.

Bartoberfest set this Friday downtown
Wed  Oct 18 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Halloween is making its first call in Bartow this weekend as Friday Fest has its first Bartoberfest. Held every third Friday of the month, Friday Fest at the Oct. 20 party will not only have themed music but will … read more.

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State, National and World News
Cub Scout kicked out of group after asking about gun control
Mon  Oct 23 2017 01:19AM
DENVER — A Cub Scout was kicked out of his group after he questioned a Colorado state lawmaker about gun control and previous contentious comments she made about African-Americans. It’s the latest political flashpoint for the Boy Scouts, of which … read more.

New York advances drone industry with testing corridor
Mon  Oct 23 2017 01:19AM
ROME, N.Y. — Envisioning a day when millions of drones will buzz around delivering packages, watching crops or inspecting pipelines, a coalition is creating an airspace corridor in upstate New York where traffic management systems will be developed and unmanned … read more.

2010 oil spill funds remain elusive for coastal counties
Mon  Oct 23 2017 01:19AM
PANAMA CITY — A weekly report from Bay County’s RESTORE Act coordinator lays out the steps he must follow on the path to securing the county’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill money: Update the status of Pot 1 grant applications, meet … read more.

Puerto Rico drug users get less help after the storm
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:36PM
BC-PUERTORICO-DRUGS:MI - national (1300 words),1367 Puerto Rico drug users get less help after the storm TNS NEWSFEATURES (PHOTOS) By David Ovalle Miami Herald CIDRA, Puerto Rico - The trio of workers on the relief mission drove through the mountains to … read more.

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