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7 Rivers Water Festival – Lake Eva Park, Haines City
Fri  Apr 20 2018 03:26PM
BARTOW — On May 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all are invited to the fifth annual 7 Rivers Water Festival at Lake Eva. This family-friendly event is free … read more.
2018 Legislative wrap up
Wed  Apr 11 2018 08:26AM
WINTER HAVEN – Three legislators representing Polk County spoke about the 2018 Florida Legislative Session April 4 at the Chain of Lakes Complex. Legislative sessions, generally speaking, are the two … read more.
2018 municipal elections
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:26AM
BARTOW – Municipal elections took place April 3 in Bartow, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Frostproof, Davenport, and Eagle Lake. Two long-time incumbents lost their bids for re-election, Bartow City Commissioner … read more.
Ross not running for re-election
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:26AM
WINTER HAVEN – U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (R – Lakeland) became the second U.S. Congressman representing parts of Polk County to announce his retirement in as many months. In February, … read more.
More Local News
Polk elementary schools to have armed staff
Fri  Apr 20 2018 08:32AM
BARTOW – The web version of this story has been updated from the April 18 print version with the headline: “Byrd changes mind on arming school staff” to correct a factual error. Around a month ago, Superintendent Byrd published a … read more.

How ‘bout that Honey Do Auction
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:24AM
BARTOW — Bartow’s next Friday Fest will take place on Friday, April 20, from 6 - 9 p.m. along East Main Street and Central Avenue in downtown Bartow. The street party sponsored by Clear Springs will feature live musical entertainment … read more.

County “savings” decreasing
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:30AM
BARTOW – Polk County commissioners and county staff talked in great detail about a recent county financial audit at a work session April 10. Chairman Todd Dantzler said many of the details discussed would not be shared publicly at the … read more.

Beneath the Chinaberry Tree
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:28AM
More Downtown Hotels from our Early History Recently we shared information about early hotels that were located in the downtown core on Central Avenue and Third Street. In fact, careful inspection of the oldest known photograph of downtown’s Central Avenue … read more.

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State, National and World News
It’s true! Broadway is traffic-free for 2 Manhattan miles
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:36AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway is closed to traffic for two Manhattan miles. On Saturday, 30 blocks of the Great White Way was open only to pedestrians and bicycles from Times Square down to Union Square. From 9 a.m. to … read more.

Actor Verne Troyer from ‘Austin Powers’ films dead at 49
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:34AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Verne Troyer from the “Austin Powers” movie franchise has died. A statement provided by Troyer’s spokesperson that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts says the 49-year-old actor died Saturday. No cause or … read more.

Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:34AM
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing’s first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman … read more.

‘I had nightmares’: Nanny slay trial took toll on jurors
Sun  Apr 22 2018 11:34AM
NEW YORK (AP) — One has recurring nightmares. Another can’t take a bath anymore. Still another can’t sleep. Jurors in the murder trial of a nanny who stabbed two small children to death in the bathtub of their Manhattan apartment … read more.

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