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School activities indoors during eclipse
Tue  Aug 15 2017 05:04PM
Because of the potential dangers of the partial solar eclipse on Monday afternoon, the Polk County School District plans to move indoors all athletic practices, band rehearsals and after-school programs, … read more.
Cigar factory’s fate in balance
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The fate of the Thompson & Company Cigar could be sealed on Sept. 12. That’s the date Bartow City Commissioners will have a special meeting to decide whether … read more.
Gasoline prices bouncing up and down last few weeks
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Last month, local residents could purchase gasoline for less than $2 per gallon at a few places around Winter Haven. Prices have risen nationwide since, but less … read more.
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Bartow to build solar field
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The city is going solar. By the end of this year, there will be a solar field on 30 acres on the south side of Gaskin Road about three-quarters of mile east of 91 Mine Road. The field … read more.

CITRUS Act: Money and fight face massive uphill battle
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE ALFRED – Researchers with the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred say finding a cure to the global citrus greening problem is a massive uphill battle that will require years of additional research. Citrus … read more.

Mystery of the parking signs
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Not too long ago, less than two months, there were signs on the sidewalks outside the Post Office on Central Avenue reserving the spots for those who needed that office. Now there are no signs, and no one … read more.

Medical Center employees backpack local students
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Nearly 100 Lake Wales area school students will have new backpacks with lots of new school supplies, thanks to the employees at Lake Wales Medical Center. The hospital held a backpack drive this summer to gather school … read more.

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Walmart expands grocery service with Uber to 2 more markets
Tue  Aug 22 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Walmart is expanding its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing service Uber to two more markets — Dallas and Orlando, Florida. The world’s largest retailer had launched a pilot grocery service with Uber Technologies Inc. last year in … read more.

Google to serve next version of Android as ‘Oreo’
Tue  Aug 22 2017 01:19AM
SAN FRANCISCO — An upcoming update to Google’s Android software finally has a delectable name. The next version will be known as Oreo, extending Google’s tradition of naming each version after a sweet treat. Google anointed the software Monday after … read more.

US stock indexes inch higher after back-to-back down weeks
Tue  Aug 22 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks inched higher Monday, as the Standard & Poor’s 500 index steadied following back-to-back losses the last two weeks. This week may be a calmer one for the stock market, after an uncharacteristically bumpy stretch shook … read more.

Barcelona fugitive shot dead had knives, wore fake bomb belt
Tue  Aug 22 2017 01:19AM
SUBIRATS, Spain (AP) — The lone fugitive from the Spanish cell that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two troopers who … read more.

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