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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Polk County power: Politicians from Polk
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE – If Adam Putnam is successful in his bid for governor next year, he will become the fourth governor who can claim Polk County as his home. It’s a … read more.
Party for Putnam
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Adam Putnam formally announced he is running for governor Wednesday, May 10, in his hometown. He made his declaration before his hometown crowd in Bartow framed by a … read more.
Silly socks storm may be rising
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Young patients at Lakeland Regional Hospital received a special treat with gift bags filled with toys, coloring books, and other comfort items last Saturday. This wasn’t Christmas, … read more.
Carillon on tape
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – For 88 years, Bok Tower’s clarion bells have been peeling their mellifluous melodies over Mountain Lake and the surrounding Lake Wales landscape. Now their music will be … read more.
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Mayor Fultz wins Citizen of the Year
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Gene Fultz may serve as the mayor of Lake Wales, as well as on several city and county boards, but he considers himself to be more than a politician. “I am not a politician,” Fultz said. “I … read more.

Cooper wins Soaring Eagle award
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – When he was a high school student in the 1950s, Ernie Cooper was with a bunch of friends at the Youth Center in Bowling Green, Florida. “We were at the back table and there were people playing cards, … read more.

Local lawmakers speak about pot
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
HAINES CITY – Despite the fact 71 percent of the voters approved a constitutional amendment for medical marijuana the state Legislature failed to come out with a way to implement it and plans a special session to do so. The … read more.

Barrow to retire from Bartow Airport
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — After more than four decades with the Bartow Municipal Airport and Industrial Park, Cynthia Barrow, who ascended to the executive director position in 1994, decided it was time to retire. “Thank you again for meeting with me individually,” … read more.

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State, National and World News
Mom allegedly beat kids for only buying Mother’s Day card
Sun  May 21 2017 07:33PM
BC-FL--Mother’s Day Beating,136 Mom allegedly beat kids for only buying Mother’s Day card Eds: APNewsNow. The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Jacksonville mother is facing two charges of child abuse after allegedly beating her daughters because they only … read more.

Isabella, Liam most popular baby names in Florida last year
Sun  May 21 2017 07:33PM
AP-FL--Florida-Baby Names,84 Isabella, Liam most popular baby names in Florida last year Eds: APNewsNow. The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The most popular baby names in Florida last year were Isabella for girls and Liam boys. Statewide data released … read more.

Perfect downward dog over an alligator pond at ZooWorld
Sun  May 21 2017 07:33PM
AP-FL--Zoo Yoga,99 Perfect downward dog over an alligator pond at ZooWorld Eds: APNewsNow. The Associated Press PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Downward dog over an alligator pond? It’s part of a new yoga series at ZooWorld in Panama City … read more.

Biden: It’s time for America to regain unity and purpose
Sun  May 21 2017 07:33PM
BC-US--Biden-Divisiveness,128 Biden: It’s time for America to regain unity and purpose Eds: APNewsNow. Updates with Biden remarks. Incorporates BC-ME--Biden-Colby. Will be updated. With AP Photos. The Associated Press WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is offering assurances … read more.

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