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Scientists going after HLB from many angles
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
LAKE ALFRED – The preamble of a 1917 Florida law that authorized the creation of what is now the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center states a facility … read more.
Bok Academy North appeal filed with state
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – On behalf of the Lake Wales Charter School Board of Trustees board lawyer Robin Gibson said he filed an appeal to the Florida Department of Education in … read more.
It’s going to be a blue Christmas
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – It’s going to be a blue Christmas for the Foutch family and that’s because Chris, one of 20 contestants, won a 2017 Ford 150 Super Cab at the … read more.
Carlton Music Center celebrates 50
Wed  Dec 6 2017 04:18PM
LAKELAND – A good 50th anniversary deserves more than one party. Back in May ownership, staff and supporters celebrated Carlton Music Center, founded in 1967 by John and Sally Carlton, … read more.
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Cracker Storytelling Festival this weekend
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – It’s at a different time but it’s in the same place, same times, familiar and educational though you may not know it. It’s the Cracker Storytelling Festival. Usually held near Halloween so it’s taken on that theme but … read more.

Albritton: Sticking to my beliefs
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – After serving in the state House of Representatives for seven sessions Rep. Ben Albritton said he has scars. “But they are on the inside so I’m OK,” he told the audience at the Tiger Bay Club of Polk … read more.

Florida fighting for ag relief money
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
The Florida delegation to Washington is putting up a fight to get federal money to fight the losses coming the agriculture industry because of Hurricane Irma. After Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam sent a letter to the Florida’s congressional delegation … read more.

Date set for Make it Magical Event
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
The sixth annual Make it Magical is scheduled at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 in downtown Lake Wales. Lake Wales Main Street teams up several local organizations to host an evening in downtown filled with Holiday activities, crafts, food, music, … read more.

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Archaeologists discover ancient tombs in Egypt’s Luxor
Mon  Dec 11 2017 01:19AM
LUXOR, Egypt — Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country’s efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector. The tombs, … read more.

CNN corrects report about Trump campaign and WikiLeaks tip
Sun  Dec 10 2017 08:12PM
BC-US--CNN-Trump Correction, 2nd Ld-Writethru,641 CNN corrects report about Trump campaign and WikiLeaks tip AP Photo FLSW116 Eds: Adds photo, Trump comment. With AP Photos. By DAVID BAUDER AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — CNN had to correct a story … read more.

Trump talks tax cuts and budget on golf course with Graham
Mon  Dec 11 2017 01:19AM
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump sought Sunday to gloss over the difficult work ahead for lawmakers laboring to finalize tax cut legislation he can sign by his self-imposed Christmas deadline. Trump tweeted about the pending bill before … read more.

Congress plans to cut tax write-offs for disaster damage
Mon  Dec 11 2017 01:19AM
Congress is planning to limit taxpayers’ ability to write off losses from wildfires and other disasters. The disaster write-off is one of the many little-known deductions that would be mostly wiped out in the Republican tax plan, but it’s getting … read more.

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