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Sales to go boom Saturday
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
It was a quiet moment late Thursday morning underneath the tent on Van Fleet Drive where Jimmy Binger and Lisa Cottrell were selling fireworks. Although they had already sold nearly … read more.
McGuire hired for Union
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
His background in curriculum made him a natural for the principal’s job at Union Academy, says the man who took over the magnet school that caters to the brightest south … read more.
In a flash
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
They say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but for one local, once was more than enough for her and her neighbor. Hillside Avenue resident Sophia Partain was home … read more.
New Habitat for Humanity home dedicated
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
After five months, Rashonda Polite was ready to move herself and her three children into the house in east Bartow that she had helped build as part of the requirement … read more.
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Martin puts his hat in the ring
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
At his campaign kick-off party for the Polk County Commission Thursday, J.C. Martin said he didn’t grow up in Polk County or in Florida, but this is home. “I may not have been born here, but I’m home,” he told … read more.

Jaws movie highlights Shark Week at museum
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum … Most of us past a certain age remember those da-dums as the herald for a frightening series of scenes in one of the most popular movies of the day. That was the scene were the beautiful … read more.

Whit’s starts community donation program
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
Local Matters to Whit’s Building Supply, and Bigfoot’s on the front lawn to emphasize their point. In a monthly contest that started in June, the hardware store is awarding cash awards — $150 for first place and $75 for second … read more.

Dealership donates truck to CSC
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
Christmas in July came to the Church Service Center this week, and anyone who drives by the facility on East Summerlin Street will see why. A large Isuzu box truck, painted with a large hand reaching out to another, is … read more.

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Historic Tampa cigar factory destroyed in fire
Mon  Jul 6 2015 01:19AM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A historic Tampa cigar factory has been destroyed in a fire. Authorities say the roof and floors of the Palmetto Beach Cigar Factor collapsed in the fire which broke out shortly after midnight Sunday. The fire … read more.

Cop, lifeguard save Florida man after canoe tips over
Mon  Jul 6 2015 01:19AM
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — An officer and lifeguard are being hailed heroes after rescuing a man from nearly crowning after his canoe tipped over in Sarasota. A couple was canoeing Saturday when the canoe tipped over and the man’s hand … read more.

Court rules against damage caps for medical malpractice
Mon  Jul 6 2015 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida court has ruled that caps on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits do not apply in personal injury cases. The Legislature in 2003 established $500,000 limits on non-economic damages for such cases. Last … read more.

Crayola Experience opens new attraction at Orlando mall
Mon  Jul 6 2015 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Crayola Experience attraction has opened in Orlando. The 70,000 square-foot facility located in Florida Mall opened this week, and is the second created by the crayons maker. It joins one that opened in 2013 in … read more.

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