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Program builds confidence
Wed  Jul 8 2015 12:25AM
For the past several summers, a program between Lighthouse for the Blind-Winter Haven and the Bartow Church Service Center has been taking place. For three weeks, a select number of … read more.
Obamacare: Where do you go for questions?
Wed  Jul 8 2015 12:25AM
A situation has developed regarding the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare — according to Buddy Wise, who founded the Wise Insurance Agency in 1971, and it shows … read more.
‘Cryin’ Towel’ fundraiser advances toward goal line
Wed  Jul 8 2015 12:25AM
Oh, it’s Cryin’ Towel time/An evening of fun With food and drink/And entertain- “mun” And football coaches/Cryin’ how bad their teams are To anyone who’ll listen/Near and far! ---- (With … read more.
Bartow youth wins MVP
Wed  Jul 8 2015 12:25AM
Twelve-year-old Daithan Davis of Bartow recently took home the Most Valuable Player trophy as his team took first place in United States Specialty Sports Association’s National Basketball Tournament in Cocoa … read more.
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Freedom Forever
Wed  Jul 8 2015 12:25AM

Construction in the area
Wed  Jul 8 2015 12:25AM
On U.S. 98 Peace River Trail in Fort Meade crews are clearing the path and constructing the trail through Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area between U.S. 98 and Mount Pisgah Road. Construction of the two timber bridges along the trail … read more.

Bill Gates will pay for this Lake Wales grad’s college
Wed  Jul 8 2015 12:25AM
Sadandre Jackson of Lake Wales may not be one in a million, but he’s one in 1,000 for sure, which puts him in some very elite company nationally. The recent Lake Wales High School IB graduate and top sax player … read more.

‘A Time Remembered’ on the wall
Tue  Jul 7 2015 05:10PM
Rick Powers is one of the local artists whose work is now on display at the jury waiting room at the Polk County Courthouse and his work from Patrick’s Smith’s Florida book “A Time Remembered,” graces the walls/ Powers struck … read more.

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State, National and World News
AP source: Fed’s gun used in Frisco pier slaying
Tue  Jul 7 2015 10:54PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The official, who was not … read more.

SC Confederate flag removal advances
Tue  Jul 7 2015 10:54PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate gave its final approval Tuesday to removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, but across the hall in the House, Republicans quietly sought a way to make a last stand to preserve … read more.

US stocks end with modest gain
Tue  Jul 7 2015 10:54PM
NEW YORK (AP) — New twists in the Greek debt crisis led to a choppy day of trading on Tuesday, as a late turn left the stock market with a modest gain. Greece and its creditors held talks in Brussels … read more.

Pope urges Latin Americans to unify, spread the faith
Tue  Jul 7 2015 10:54PM
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Pope Francis urged a crowd of 1 million people Tuesday to channel the same urgency that brought Latin America its independence from Spain into spreading the faith on a continent where Catholicism is losing souls to … read more.

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