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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Currently no need to panic in Polk re: Zika
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
In light of Florida’s governor last week urging caution and a health emergency declared in four counties in Florida because of the Zika virus, the fear of it is not … read more.
Hope Now trying to salvage itself
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Hope Now is busy this week trying to find programs for its remaining clients and hoping to ward off complete closure after the Polk County Commission canceled its contract last … read more.
West Frostproof fire station gets upgrade
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Polk County Fire Rescue’s new West Frostproof fire station is getting an equipment upgrade that could prove to be a life saver. The station, located last year at the county … read more.
Volunteer fire department wins out in Frostproof
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Frostproof’s volunteer fire department, will continue to provide its fire protection services now that the city has voted to keep it. At their regular meeting Monday evening, Frostproof City Council … read more.
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Chalkboard special
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Pizza, green beans, applesauce, the lunch menu at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School was pretty routine last Friday. But the school helped cook up something super special for third-grader Jayda Miller. It was a normal day for the youngster, … read more.

Developer plans major concert venue
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Triple Canopy Ranch, a 411-acre site 15 miles east of Lake Wales that in the past has hosted mud race events, is being transformed into a major concert facility that could attract as many as 50,000 fans, according to the … read more.

SyFy Bartow to contest you
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
On Feb. 20 you will see people strolling Main Street looking like aliens, superheroes and cosplayers and if only seeing them one time isn’t enough, get out to Fun Friday the night before for a preview. At 7 p.m., the costume … read more.

Last call Valentine’s Day group wedding
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Registration closes Thursday, Feb. 11, to participate in the Polk County Clerk of Courts & Comptroller Valentine’s Group Wedding. The unique wedding hosted by Clerk & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Polk County History … read more.

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State, National and World News
Scott wants Lake Okeechobee waters diverted from coasts
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say they’re looking “anywhere that can hold water” to relieve high water levels in Lake Okeechobee and Florida’s Everglades. The El Niño weather phenomenon has drenched South Florida during what’s normally the dry season. Rains over … read more.

Florida Legislature divided over budget and tax cuts
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Separated by nearly $1 billion in spending and differences over everything from tax cuts to health care spending, the Florida Legislature has less than a month left in its regular session to reach a deal on a new … read more.

House signs off on tax cuts, sales tax holidays
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida House has passed a sweeping tax cut package that could give Floridians several tax holidays. The House approved the bill by a 96-17 vote. It heads next to the Senate, but Senate Republicans so far … read more.

Florida House passes nearly $80 billion budget
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida House has passed a nearly $80 billion budget after a lengthy partisan debate. The House on Thursday voted 85-29 for the spending bill that includes money for schools, health care and environmental programs. The Senate is … read more.

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