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Trip to WWII Memorial ‘significant’
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
April 6 was a memorable day for the 72 veterans and their guardians as they took off from Lakeland Linder Airport for Washington, D.C. They were participating in the fourth … read more.
Roosevelt to remain the same
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Roosevelt Academy parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief, sort of. They won most of the issues they have argued with the Polk County School Board … read more.
Riverside campus may be used differently
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – A virtually abandoned elementary school in Fort Meade may have a new lease on life if the Polk County School Board okays a plan from one of the … read more.
Woman celebrates 101 on Easter Sunday
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — Bedecked in an elegant violet colored dress with matching Easter bonnet, Sarah Anthony’s 101st birthday, falling this year on Easter Sunday, was celebrated at Burkett Chapple Primitive Baptist … read more.
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Bubba Smith makes Hall of Fame
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – A lifelong politician who had served on several city and county positions, including as the first county manager, was honored for his academic achievements at Bartow Senior High School during their B.E.S.T.T. Hall of Fame ceremony last Tuesday … read more.

For diabetes diet can make much of the difference
Wed  Apr 19 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Sue Fenton had previously been suffering from arthritis, but no longer requires medication thanks to changes to her diet. In 2012, she was diagnosed with arthritis and was put on medication. However, upon researching natural remedies and … read more.

Board puts financial advisor contract to bid
Tue  Apr 18 2017 08:26PM
BARTOW – Financial advisers may be getting their ducks in a row to submit their qualifications to the Polk County School Board after the board decided last week to ask for qualifications for a new contract for financial advice. The … read more.

Construction this week
Tue  Apr 18 2017 08:26PM
… On U.S. 17/92 at Ernie Caldwell Boulevard in Davenport drivers can expect lane closures at night/overnight, Thursday, April 13. Use caution and watch for workers and equipment close to the road. This project includes adding turn lanes and shoulders … read more.

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Duterte says he can be more brutal than terrorists
Mon  Apr 24 2017 01:19AM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Sunday that he could be “50 times” more brutal than Muslim militants who stage beheadings and said he could even “eat” the extremists if they’re captured alive by troops. Duterte has … read more.

Florida man convicted in fatal fight over gumbo spices
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A man charged with fatally stabbing a restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot in a fight over gumbo spices has been found guilty of second-degree murder. Orlando Ricardo Thompson was found guilty Thursday in the … read more.

Mom, her boyfriend arrested after toddler is beaten
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
NORTH MIAMI (AP) — A North Miami man is in jail because police say he punched a toddler so hard she needed surgery. The girl’s mother is also jailed because police said she did nothing about it for days. The … read more.

Man, 71, faces attempted murder charge in stepson’s shooting
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
SANFORD (AP) — A 71-year-old Florida man has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his step-son. The Orlando Sentinel reports that arrest records show Thomas Lathrop of Sanford shot 31-year-old Frank Fort on Saturday at the family … read more.

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