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2018 Legislative wrap up
Wed  Apr 11 2018 08:26AM
WINTER HAVEN – Three legislators representing Polk County spoke about the 2018 Florida Legislative Session April 4 at the Chain of Lakes Complex. Legislative sessions, generally speaking, are the two … read more.
2018 municipal elections
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:26AM
BARTOW – Municipal elections took place April 3 in Bartow, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Frostproof, Davenport, and Eagle Lake. Two long-time incumbents lost their bids for re-election, Bartow City Commissioner … read more.
Ross not running for re-election
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:26AM
WINTER HAVEN – U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (R – Lakeland) became the second U.S. Congressman representing parts of Polk County to announce his retirement in as many months. In February, … read more.
Polk elementary schools to have armed staff
Thu  Apr 19 2018 11:42AM
BARTOW – The web version of this story has been updated from the April 18 print version with the headline: “Byrd changes mind on arming school staff” to correct a … read more.
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How ‘bout that Honey Do Auction
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:24AM
BARTOW — Bartow’s next Friday Fest will take place on Friday, April 20, from 6 - 9 p.m. along East Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Bartow. The street party sponsored by Clear Springs will feature live musical entertainment … read more.

County “savings” decreasing
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:30AM
BARTOW – Polk County commissioners and county staff talked in great detail about a recent county financial audit at a work session April 10. Chairman Todd Dantzler said many of the details discussed would not be shared publicly at the … read more.

Beneath the Chinaberry Tree
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:28AM
More Downtown Hotels from our Early History Recently we shared information about early hotels that were located in the downtown core on Central Avenue and Third Street. In fact, careful inspection of the oldest known photograph of downtown’s Central Avenue … read more.

County needs more paramedics
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:26AM
BARTOW – County commissioners and staff discussed how to deal with a shortage of dual certified paramedics and firefighters at a work session April 10. Polk County Deputy County Manager for Public Safety Joe Halman said there are currently 10 … read more.

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State, National and World News
Prosecutor: Prince thought he was taking common painkiller
Fri  Apr 20 2018 01:19AM
MINNEAPOLIS — Prince thought he was taking a common painkiller but instead ingested a counterfeit pill containing the dangerously powerful drug fentanyl, a Minnesota prosecutor said Thursday as he announced that no charges would be filed in the musician’s death. … read more.

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures
Fri  Apr 20 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy. If the Food and Drug Administration follows … read more.

Fri  Apr 20 2018 01:19AM
HAVANA — Raul Castro handed over Cuba’s presidency Thursday to a hand-picked 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for six decades in the hands … read more.

AP source: DOJ agrees to send Comey memos to Congress
Fri  Apr 20 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — After months of resisting, the Justice Department has agreed to provide three House committees with copies of several memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the agreement. The move comes as … read more.

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