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Woman wants to dispel myths
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Donald Trump, during his acceptance speech last week, doubled down on his promise to “Make America Great” again by tackling illegal immigration, reiterating the need to build a wall and … read more.
Meet your candidates
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Look at your calendar. Election season rolls into high gear starting this week. Over the next four weeks there are at least nine opportunities where voters can get with candidates … read more.
Dozens wish Judge Durrance well
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Tears? Yes. Laughter? Yes. Memories shared? Yes. All were evident at the retirement reception for Judge J. Dale Durrance held Monday, July 25 in what once was Courtroom B when … read more.
Stars aligning for CountryFlo music festival
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
For years, central Florida’s best-known event has been the 12 Hours of Sebring. Come November, however, it may be better known for 48 hours of music. The first CountryFlo Music … read more.
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Citrus CEO: the perfect storm
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Despite the earlier rainfall, it was hot and it was muggy last Thursday, July 21, as members of the media, Florida Citrus Mutual, the Growers Trade Organization Association, as well as several candidates running for various offices on either the … read more.

Richard Frisbie, community leader, dies at 92
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Richard R. Frisbie, 92, long-time Bartow business and civic leader, died on Monday afternoon, July 25, 2016, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, several weeks after suffering a stroke. He was born in Tampa on Feb. 18, 1924, to Lloyd and Marguerite … read more.

Millage rate rollback to be considered
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
It will be proposed for next year’s fiscal year budget that the millage rate be rolled back, from this year’s 3.8387 per $1,000 to 3.8044. City commissioners were told by City Manager George Long at the July 18 meeting that … read more.

Reprieve from property tax raise
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
City commissioners, in a 3-2 vote Monday night, gave local property taxpayers another year’s reprieve from a property tax rate increase. Commissioners Pete Chichetto, Steve Hunnicutt and William Twyford voted to keep the same the current property tax rate of … read more.

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State, National and World News
Florida man arrested; doughnut flakes test positive for meth
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Rushing probably won’t be eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts in his car any more. The 64-year-old was arrested on drug charges when Orlando police officers spotted four tiny flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought … read more.

Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:19AM
Second dispensing organization authorized in Florida TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida’s Department of Health has granted its second dispensing authorization for medical marijuana. On Wednesday the agency notified Surterra Therapeutics that it has been approved for processing and dispensing low-THC cannabis. … read more.

FDA: No Miami-area blood donations during Zika investigation
Fri  Jul 29 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Federal authorities want to suspend blood donations in Florida counties investigating four mysterious cases of Zika infection that may be the first spread by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland. Blood centers in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale … read more.

Recent deaths of kids in hot cars prompt pleas to parents
Wed  Jul 27 2016 01:19AM
DALLAS — The deaths of four children in hot cars in recent days has brought the number across the U.S. this year to at least 23, nearly matching the total for all of last year and prompting experts to plead … read more.

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