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Jackson speaks highly of strategic plan
Sat  May 30 2015 01:00AM
Although most of the conversations brought to the table at the fifth Mayors Roundtable did not delve deeply into matters of importance, nevertheless there were some “hot button” items the … read more.
Fire assessment fee a ‘burning’ issue
Sat  May 30 2015 01:00AM
One of the key issues discussed at length during the Fifth Annual Mayors Council was the topic of fire assessment fees. While Bartow has a fee, in which it charges … read more.
It’s been 10 years but …
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
Hundreds of Polk County residents filed through the Auburndale Civic Center Saturday for the annual Hurricane Expo to learn about preparedness and hear prognostications from area meteorologists. This was the … read more.
Organizers ‘pedal’ claim National Bike Day to Work a success
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
It was not even noon and the Sixth Annual National Bike to Work Day was already well underway, according to Christina Diaz. “We had people here before we got started,” … read more.
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Chabad of Polk County continues expanding
Tue  May 19 2015 11:25AM
You could say that 2015 has been a period of growth for Lakeland-based Chabad of Polk County. This past January it opened the Jewish Learning Center, 605 Overlook Drive, Winter Haven. Among those attending were Rabbi Mendel Friedman and his … read more.

Avengers on the wall
Wed  May 13 2015 08:30AM
Just like on the fourth Friday of every month, there will be a movie shown on the wall in the empty lot at Wilson Avenue and Main Street. But this month it’s more than just a movie. On the screen … read more.

Liberty Counsel complains about professor
Wed  May 13 2015 08:30AM
A complaint against a Polk State College humanities professor from a legal ministry to have him fired was rejected by the college. The complaint, filed May 1 by the Liberty Counsel, alleged Professor Lance Russum’s “pervasive anti-Christian bias throughout the … read more.

Two Memorial Day services planned
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
Memorial Day services have been scheduled this weekend, one in Fort Meade and the other in Bartow. The ceremony in Bartow is sponsored by the American Legion Post. It is at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the post at … read more.

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Cuba off US terror list
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
HAVANA — The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.  Secretary … read more.

Economic news drives stocks lower
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Friday following news that the U.S. economy shrank in the first three months of the year. The revised data showed that gross domestic product contracted 0.7 percent in the first quarter. That was worse … read more.

More rain brings more serious flooding in Texas
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms that have killed at least 20 people and left 14 missing. The line of thunderstorms … read more.

Suspected Nazi war criminal dies in Quebec
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
MONTREAL (AP) — The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said. Vladimir Katriuk passed away … read more.

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