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Mayors roundtable addresses issues
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Eleven area mayors and a county commissioner participated in the 7th Annual Polk Vision Mayor’s Roundtable at Polk State College Center for Public Safety Sept. 6. Those … read more.
#Refillthetruck: Texans, Floridians help each other
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – In early September, with catastrophic flood water from Hurricane Harvey wreaking havoc on his home state of Texas, Navy veteran Bud Allen decided to do something to … read more.
Irma would have benefited Fort Meade biomass plant
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
At least one Polk County business would have found Hurricane Irma’s wrath a boon to their operation, except for the fact the Fort Meade bio-mass electricity producing plant isn’t scheduled … read more.
Winter Haven Manor loses elevator shaft
Wed  Sep 13 2017 03:02PM
WINTER HAVEN – Jorge Delgado said he thought Winter Haven Manor was going to be a safer place to ride out Hurricane Irma than his apartment. He was wrong. “Around … read more.
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Two down, three to go
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Five Polk County residents were recently arrested for allegedly sodomizing a homeless man with a flashlight, beating him to death, burning his body and disposing of it in the Green Swamp area. Two of those accused have now … read more.

Neighbors look out for neighbors
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
If ever there was a time when folks need to watch out for each other, it is now, according to the Winter Haven Police Department. Jamie Brown, the dept. public information officer, noted that the WHPD has received calls of … read more.

Quams are headed to the Peace Corps
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Kirby and Emilie Quam are about to spend the next two years in Senegal, Africa as volunteers with the Peace Corps. The Lake Wales sweethearts will meet the 70 or so other volunteers joining them Sept. 24 … read more.

School lessons: Irma centered this week
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – When youngsters returned to school yesterday, there was plenty of talk in the classrooms, just not about the traditional things like reading, writing and arithmetic. Teachers and school personnel in the Lake Wales Charter system made sure … read more.

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State, National and World News
Why some hurricanes linger while other storms die quickly
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — This hurricane season is showing how wild and varied storms’ life cycles can be. Most storms seem to be tracked for days while others appear to pop out of nowhere. And some just linger around. Hurricane Jose is … read more.

Trump is riding ‘dead horse’ on climate issue, Gov. Brown says
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday touted steps the state has taken toward a healthier climate, but warned that powerful forces he called “climate deniers” are resisting technologies and policies designed to improve conditions. “I like all … read more.

Christie: Drugmakers to work on nonaddictive pain medication
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that pharmaceutical companies agreed to work on nonaddictive pain medications and additional treatments to deal with opioid addiction. The Republican governor made the announcement in Trenton, shortly after he convened … read more.

Banks lead US stocks modestly higher
Tue  Sep 19 2017 01:19AM
Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Monday, nudging the stock market to another record high. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed at new highs as the market extended its gains … read more.

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