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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Woman wants to dispel myths
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Donald Trump, during his acceptance speech last week, doubled down on his promise to “Make America Great” again by tackling illegal immigration, reiterating the need to build a wall and … read more.
Meet your candidates
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Look at your calendar. Election season rolls into high gear starting this week. Over the next four weeks there are at least nine opportunities where voters can get with candidates … read more.
Dozens wish Judge Durrance well
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Tears? Yes. Laughter? Yes. Memories shared? Yes. All were evident at the retirement reception for Judge J. Dale Durrance held Monday, July 25 in what once was Courtroom B when … read more.
Stars aligning for CountryFlo music festival
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
For years, central Florida’s best-known event has been the 12 Hours of Sebring. Come November, however, it may be better known for 48 hours of music. The first CountryFlo Music … read more.
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Citrus CEO: the perfect storm
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Despite the earlier rainfall, it was hot and it was muggy last Thursday, July 21, as members of the media, Florida Citrus Mutual, the Growers Trade Organization Association, as well as several candidates running for various offices on either the … read more.

Richard Frisbie, community leader, dies at 92
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
Richard R. Frisbie, 92, long-time Bartow business and civic leader, died on Monday afternoon, July 25, 2016, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, several weeks after suffering a stroke. He was born in Tampa on Feb. 18, 1924, to Lloyd and Marguerite … read more.

Millage rate rollback to be considered
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
It will be proposed for next year’s fiscal year budget that the millage rate be rolled back, from this year’s 3.8387 per $1,000 to 3.8044. City commissioners were told by City Manager George Long at the July 18 meeting that … read more.

Reprieve from property tax raise
Wed  Jul 27 2016 08:30AM
City commissioners, in a 3-2 vote Monday night, gave local property taxpayers another year’s reprieve from a property tax rate increase. Commissioners Pete Chichetto, Steve Hunnicutt and William Twyford voted to keep the same the current property tax rate of … read more.

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State, National and World News
Recent deaths of kids in hot cars prompt pleas to parents
Wed  Jul 27 2016 01:19AM
DALLAS — The deaths of four children in hot cars in recent days has brought the number across the U.S. this year to at least 23, nearly matching the total for all of last year and prompting experts to plead … read more.

Brazil police arrest last suspect in Olympics terrorism case
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police arrested the last suspect wanted so far in a case of Brazilian sympathizers of the Islamic State who allegedly discussed attacking the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro. The Federal Police said … read more.

Florida mourns again
Tue  Jul 26 2016 08:30AM
Two people are dead, including a 14-year-old boy and a Lehigh Senior High School basketball star, and up to 16 are injured following a deadly shooting early Monday morning during a party at Club Blu in Fort Myers. The Fort … read more.

Surgeon general: Precaution best method to fight Zika
Tue  Jul 26 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy toured a mosquito control facility in Orlando on Monday and said now is the time to start taking precautions … read more.

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