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Grace period allowed for golf cart ordinance
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Fort Meade residents living within the northeast part of town will be able to start registering and driving their golf carts, and soon, the whole town will be able to … read more.
Retired judge held in high regard by peers
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
A pall was cast over the 10th Judicial Circuit Court when word spread that retired Judge William Arthur Norris Jr., had passed away on April 15 following a long battle … read more.
83-year-old freefall
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
There are hardly many 83-year-old women who want to get on a plane, let alone jump out of one. However, one 83-year-old staff member from Vanguard School managed to do … read more.
New approaches developed promoting OJ, citrus
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
The Florida Department of Citrus is all-too-aware sales of orange juice and other citrus beverages are on the decline and have been the past several years. “Production is the lowest … read more.
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Highland Homes has grand opening this weekend
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Explore this gated community of new homes in Bartow, Florida on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. Highland Homes has planned a grand opening for the gated estate in Bartow on Saturday and Sunday. It is set from 10 a.m. to 5 … read more.

McManus: ‘Outsiders’ prosper due to economy
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
One of the more — if perhaps, most — popular guest speakers invited to the Tiger Bay Club of Polk County is Susan McManus, who has been the invited speaker the past several years. McManus is a Distinguished University Professor, … read more.

Hundreds preserve, show history at Good Ol’ Days
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
At the annual Good Ol’ Days festival in Homeland Saturday, history was brought to life and it also offered a kids zone, live pioneer reenactments, pioneer games, live music, and a Victorian Tea experience. “Good Ol’ Days has been planned … read more.

Bartow’s Girl’s Inc.’s open house coming
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Next Saturday, Girls, Inc. of Bartow has planned an open house at its Main Street location to let girls of all ages know what sort of programs are available that will help them become “strong, smart and bold.” Girls, Inc. … read more.

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State, National and World News
Girls use pillows as decoys to flee Florida foster facility
Sat  Apr 30 2016 01:19AM
BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Four girls placed pillows under their sheets to make it appear they were sleeping before apparently climbing out a window and scaling a 6-foot fence to flee a facility for foster children near Tampa, officials said … read more.

After several tries Florida finally gets new insurance chief
Sat  Apr 30 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a contentious and bumpy process that saw Florida’s top Republican officials deadlock several times, the state has a new insurance commissioner just weeks before the start of hurricane season. During an emergency meeting on Friday, … read more.

Pilot says he saw 1 of 2 missing teen fishermen
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:47PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A pilot who was part of a massive search to find two missing teen fishermen told investigators he’s positive he saw one floating on debris two days after their boat capsized. According to a report … read more.

Lawsuit: Tampa strip club owes dancers $3.7 million
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:47PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dancers and “door girls” have filed a class action lawsuit against a Tampa, Florida, strip club, claiming they’re owed some $3.7 million in unpaid wages. The lawsuit, filed April 20 in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, names … read more.

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