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Trip to WWII Memorial ‘significant’
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
April 6 was a memorable day for the 72 veterans and their guardians as they took off from Lakeland Linder Airport for Washington, D.C. They were participating in the fourth … read more.
Roosevelt to remain the same
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Roosevelt Academy parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief, sort of. They won most of the issues they have argued with the Polk County School Board … read more.
Riverside campus may be used differently
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – A virtually abandoned elementary school in Fort Meade may have a new lease on life if the Polk County School Board okays a plan from one of the … read more.
Woman celebrates 101 on Easter Sunday
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — Bedecked in an elegant violet colored dress with matching Easter bonnet, Sarah Anthony’s 101st birthday, falling this year on Easter Sunday, was celebrated at Burkett Chapple Primitive Baptist … read more.
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Bubba Smith makes Hall of Fame
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – A lifelong politician who had served on several city and county positions, including as the first county manager, was honored for his academic achievements at Bartow Senior High School during their B.E.S.T.T. Hall of Fame ceremony last Tuesday … read more.

For diabetes diet can make much of the difference
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Sue Fenton had previously been suffering from arthritis, but no longer requires medication thanks to changes to her diet. In 2012, she was diagnosed with arthritis and was put on medication. However, upon researching natural remedies and … read more.

Board puts financial advisor contract to bid
Tue  Apr 18 2017 08:26PM
BARTOW – Financial advisers may be getting their ducks in a row to submit their qualifications to the Polk County School Board after the board decided last week to ask for qualifications for a new contract for financial advice. The … read more.

Construction this week
Tue  Apr 18 2017 08:26PM
… On U.S. 17/92 at Ernie Caldwell Boulevard in Davenport drivers can expect lane closures at night/overnight, Thursday, April 13. Use caution and watch for workers and equipment close to the road. This project includes adding turn lanes and shoulders … read more.

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State, National and World News
Sat  Apr 22 2017 01:19AM
Prosecutors, judges back controversial prosecutor in filing ORLANDO (AP) — Dozens of prosecutors and judges from across the nation have filed a legal brief in support of a Florida prosecutor who refuses to seek the death penalty. The brief filed … read more.

Florida senator who used racial slur resigns
Sat  Apr 22 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida state senator who used a racial slur and vulgar language in a conversation with two African-American colleagues resigned Friday, saying the incident is causing a distraction to the legislative process. Republican Sen. Frank Artiles … read more.

Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon
Sat  Apr 22 2017 01:19AM
PHOENIX (AP) — The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service’s most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission. The Grand Canyon is … read more.

Lawyer: Florida senator’s slurs are protected free speech
Fri  Apr 21 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A lawyer representing a state senator who could be punished for using a racial slur and other vulgarities said Thursday that the remarks — as offensive as they were — are protected by free speech and … read more.

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