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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
School activities indoors during eclipse
Tue  Aug 15 2017 05:04PM
Because of the potential dangers of the partial solar eclipse on Monday afternoon, the Polk County School District plans to move indoors all athletic practices, band rehearsals and after-school programs, … read more.
Cigar factory’s fate in balance
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The fate of the Thompson & Company Cigar could be sealed on Sept. 12. That’s the date Bartow City Commissioners will have a special meeting to decide whether … read more.
Gasoline prices bouncing up and down last few weeks
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Last month, local residents could purchase gasoline for less than $2 per gallon at a few places around Winter Haven. Prices have risen nationwide since, but less … read more.
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Bartow to build solar field
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The city is going solar. By the end of this year, there will be a solar field on 30 acres on the south side of Gaskin Road about three-quarters of mile east of 91 Mine Road. The field … read more.

CITRUS Act: Money and fight face massive uphill battle
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE ALFRED – Researchers with the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred say finding a cure to the global citrus greening problem is a massive uphill battle that will require years of additional research. Citrus … read more.

Mystery of the parking signs
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Not too long ago, less than two months, there were signs on the sidewalks outside the Post Office on Central Avenue reserving the spots for those who needed that office. Now there are no signs, and no one … read more.

Medical Center employees backpack local students
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Nearly 100 Lake Wales area school students will have new backpacks with lots of new school supplies, thanks to the employees at Lake Wales Medical Center. The hospital held a backpack drive this summer to gather school … read more.

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State, National and World News
Utah teacher wants wedding gifts sent to homeless, not her
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:36PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah high school teacher is getting married next month. But instead of registering for a blender or stemware, she’s asking for shoes and backpacks to give homeless children at her school. Copper Hills High … read more.

Evacuation orders affect hundreds in California, Oregon
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:36PM
SISTERS, Ore. — Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that’s a prime location for viewing the eclipse. About 600 residents were told to leave the tourist town … read more.

Suspect arrested in killings of two officers
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:36PM
KISSIMMEE — A suspect in the fatal shooting of two police officers in Florida was arrested in a bar several hours after the attack, authorities said Saturday. Everett Miller faces a charge of first-degree murder for the killing of Officer … read more.

DNA lab reduces testing for missing people amid funding woes
Sat  Aug 19 2017 08:36PM
DALLAS (AP) — Karen Stipes always believed her missing mother was “Mountain Jane Doe,” buried unidentified in a paupers’ cemetery deep in the woods outside Harlan, Kentucky. But without proof, it took nearly half a century and the development of … read more.

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