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Mosaic: Water is safe
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Mulberry residents can rest assure knowing that their water is being tested for safety and that a sinkhole within their community is expected to be filled by next year, Mosaic … read more.
Students come to aid of police officer
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
BARTOW — Hundreds of individuals, more than a dozen local businesses and at least two non-profits have shown their support for PCSO Deputy Adam Pennell in the month since he … read more.
Message: Get on social media
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Dozens of area non-profit organization workers jammed a meeting room at Polk State College in Lakeland Friday to hear from three of the best and learn which dozen had been … read more.
Pets in Animal Control find new homes
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
It was only shortly past noon Saturday and already more than 200 people had arrived at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control facility on DeCastro Road, Winter Haven. They … read more.
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Clubhouse Road Safety Study meeting Thursday
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
To promote pedestrian safety, Polk County recently partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation to study the Clubhouse Road right-of-way corridor from U.S. 98 to Live Oak Road. County Roads & Drainage Division staff is hosting a public workshop at … read more.

‘Beneath the Crown’
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
When the spotlight and sparkles fade, what remains beneath the crown? A new documentary reveals the story of Miss USA 1967 and Miss Universe 1967, the late Sylvia Hitchcock Carson. The Lake Wales Arts Council plans to screen the 23-minute … read more.

Roosevelt students sale on Thursday
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
For those of you who haven’t already finished your Christmas shopping, here’s your chance to fill those stockings and help out a local school at the same time. On Thursday, Roosevelt Academy in Lake Wales will have its annual Christmas … read more.

Barbecue smoke in the air
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Smoke was in the air as all the barbecue teams turned in their last submission for competition, Saturday, in Lake Wales at the annual Orange Blossom Revue. That barbecue would go well with the country music festival was pretty appropriate … read more.

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Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:57PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas could be the epicenter for the nation’s next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America’s second-largest state. The number of Texas kindergarten … read more.

A show, a trial and now the rerun in ‘Cops’ murder-for-hire
Thu  Dec 8 2016 01:19AM
WEST PALM BEACH — Dalia Dippolito either wanted a hit man to kill her newlywed husband, or she’s the victim of police trying to become famous on the “Cops” television show. Prosecutor Craig Williams told jurors in a straightforward, 10-minute … read more.

Former Eagle Scout set to be executed for Alabama killing
Thu  Dec 8 2016 01:19AM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama man convicted of killing a store clerk is scheduled to be executed Thursday, but lawyers for the former Eagle Scout are urging it be blocked because a judge overrode a jury recommendation in imposing the … read more.

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness
Thu  Dec 8 2016 01:19AM
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A survivor of last year’s massacre at a black South Carolina church testified Wednesday that her Bible study group had just closed their eyes and started praying when a loud sound shattered the stillness. The basement room … read more.

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