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Citrus faces sharp drop; help may be coming
Tue  Oct 17 2017 12:52PM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s struggling orange crop is expected to drop 21 percent this growing season, a percentage some believe could become larger as farmers continue to suffer the effects of … read more.
Mr. Central Florida is Ron Lash
Tue  Oct 17 2017 01:18PM
LAKELAND — “Every year it keeps getting bigger and better,” said Roxann Bonta, president and CEO of Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center, a not for profit that held its … read more.
Water Coop to sign $23 million contract today
Tue  Oct 17 2017 12:52PM
AUBURNDALE – Wednesday, mayors and city managers from every municipality in the county except Frostproof will be meeting to discuss $23 million worth of spending over the next five years … read more.
Hospitals donate to Care Centers for Irma recovery
Tue  Oct 17 2017 12:52PM
LAKE WALES – Leaders with Community Health Systems, the parent corporation that owns Lake Wales Medical Center and Heart of Florida Hospital, donated $30,000 to help Hurricane Irma victims in … read more.
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Director on the way for Main Street
Tue  Oct 17 2017 01:24PM
LAKE WALES — After years of having no Main Street director in Lake Wales, the city commission has formed a partnership with Main Street and the Lake Wales CRA to make that happen. A contract designating $100,000 every year for … read more.

Speaker said drive for success must never stop
Tue  Oct 17 2017 01:04PM
BARTOW – In celebrating its 32nd year, Marjorie Ferrer told Main Street Bartow members at their annual lunch last week they are well on their way to establishing a sociable city. Ferrer, president of downtown Management Consulting LLC, who was … read more.

Merchants set to rock downtown
Tue  Oct 17 2017 01:14PM
LAKE WALES – Good news is on the horizon for downtown Lake Wales. “Downtown Business Rocks!” has formed, a group of some 29 people including downtown business owners, Webber University students, Chamber of Commerce members and others. “This Downtown Merchants … read more.

Bartoberfest set this Friday downtown
Tue  Oct 17 2017 01:04PM
BARTOW – Halloween is making its first call in Bartow this weekend as Friday Fest has its first Bartoberfest. Held every third Friday of the month, Friday Fest at the Oct. 20 party will not only have themed music but will … read more.

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New highs for Dow, S&P
Tue  Oct 17 2017 08:42PM
Gains by health care companies led U.S. stock indexes mostly higher Tuesday, pushing the market further into record territory. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly climbed above the 23,000 mark for the first time, settling just below the milestone. Slight … read more.

Nebraska man accused of helping Florida girlfriend kill self
Tue  Oct 17 2017 08:42PM
LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska man accused of helping his Florida girlfriend kill herself after she told him she had cancer appears to have taken her story at face value and didn’t push her to seek medical treatment or mental-health … read more.

FCC chair says agency can’t revoke TV licenses over content
Tue  Oct 17 2017 08:42PM
WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission lacks authority to revoke broadcast licenses in retaliation for news reporting, its chairman said Tuesday in his first public remarks on the topic since President Donald Trump threatened the licenses of news networks six … read more.

Trump warns ‘I fight back’ after McCain hits foreign policy
Tue  Oct 17 2017 08:42PM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Sen. John McCain that “I fight back” after McCain questioned “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in America’s foreign policy. McCain, a former Navy pilot who spent 5½ years in a Vietnam prisoner of war … read more.

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