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An event for pampering
Tue  Sep 23 2014 04:16PM
Belk Citi Centre Sunday was full of people and pink at the Seventh Annual Pampering Event. There was no push to raise money. It was for comfort and learning for … read more.
1,500 lose power Saturday
Tue  Sep 23 2014 04:16PM
The score was Florida 14, Alabama 14, in the second quarter Saturday and the Gators knew they had a hill to climb in order to beat the third-ranked team in … read more.
Futch: Brazil’s different way to fight greening
Tue  Sep 23 2014 04:16PM
Members of the Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association gathered for a roundtable discussion Sept. 18 at the Bright Hour Ranch in Arcadia to learn about the Brazilian citrus industry … read more.
About the Tour De Tow
Tue  Sep 23 2014 04:08PM
Although he is now disgraced, the annual Bartow Tour De Tow has Lance Armstrong to thank for its genesis. According to Jennifer Daniels, it was Armstrong’s performance in the Tour … read more.
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Highlanders out mud bowl Panthers, 41-7
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
MULBERRY – The Lake Wales Highlanders had a slow start in the rain and the mud, but rallied in the second half to beat Mulberry 41-7 Friday night. A close game became a rout when LWHS outscored the Panthers 28-0 … read more.

Bartow wins district game in downpour
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
Bartow traveled to George Jenkins for the district opener of the 2014 season for these two teams, but the teams played to a sparse crowd that braved the persistent rain. With no lightning, the show would go on as cheerleaders … read more.

Schools facing ‘critical’ shortage of funds
Fri  Sep 19 2014 03:10PM
From broken down air conditioning units to 50-year-old classrooms, Polk County schools are facing a critical shortage of funds for repair, replacement and rebuilding, according to county officials. Lake Wales High School is one case in point. With temperatures in … read more.

Road renamed after WWII vet
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
Most of the people present at city hall for the regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16, left after a series of proclamations and certificate of recognitions had been awarded, leaving very few people present as city commissioners approved — with … read more.

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US stocks drop as China, oil weigh on markets
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about the outlook for growth in China and a slide in the price of oil pushed the stock market to its biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday. Investors are nervous about China following a … read more.

Refugees storm Turkey
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
SURUC, Turkey — Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for … read more.

3 missing Afghan soldiers in custody
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
BOSTON — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that the three … read more.

US spacecraft enters Mars orbit
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL — Next up, India. With NASA’s Maven spacecraft safely in orbit around Mars, the spotlight shifts to India’s first mission to the red planet. The Indian spacecraft is due to slip into Martian orbit Tuesday night (Wednesday morning … read more.

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