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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Shooting suspects arrested
Thu  Jan 18 2018 11:08AM
The Bartow Police Department reported Thursday two suspects in the Monday morning shooting of a 69-year-old man walking on South Floral Avenue have been arrested. The agency reports the three … read more.
Faith leader leaves legacy
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Known as an “in your face” individual, a faith leader in Lake Wales passed away, and those who worked with him now both mourn and remember what … read more.
Speaker: Many should be remembered
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN — Keynote speaker at the 14th Annual life of Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Polk State College Jan. 10 was Dr. Alzo J. Reddick Sr. Like many … read more.
Polk Regional Water Coop seeks to dig deeper
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
AUBURNDALE – Some members of the Polk Regional Water Cooperative board, who meet again today, appear to be trying to convince the public that it is not possible to solve … read more.
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‘Renaissance’ breaks ground in Lake Wales
Thu  Jan 18 2018 02:23PM
LAKE WALES – Construction of a $678,243 trail connecting the downtown area to Lake Wailes Park began last week with a groundbreaking ceremony. The project is currently scheduled to be completed sometime in 2019. The first phase of the trail … read more.

The Mission founder passes at 76
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – The founder of The Mission, a non-profit at 180 Central Ave. whose volunteers help the homeless and other struggling local residents, passed away Thursday afternoon after a short battle with pneumonia. Thomas Bradley Beauregard, known to many … read more.

ART is deputy’s eye in the sky
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd calls it a “deputy’s eye in the air,” otherwise known as ART, Aerial Response Team. The aerial device is deployed, Judd said, only during a priority one call – emergencies such as … read more.

Barnett: Water is getting worse now
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Staff at Lake Wales Museum and Cultural Center kicked off its 2018 Speaker Presentation Series Thursday night with award-winning environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett and her presentation, “Blue Revolution: A water ethic for Florida.” Barnett’s presentation … read more.

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State, National and World News
Across the globe, rallies against Trump, sexual misconduct
Sun  Jan 21 2018 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Across the globe, people are hitting the streets on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, marching against his policies and in support of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment. A protest in New … read more.

Lawmakers to grapple with state budget and other issues
Sat  Jan 20 2018 08:57PM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators are heading into the third week of their 60-day session where they are ready to start grappling with a state budget that will exceed $80 billion. While passing the budget is the only obligation the Florida … read more.

GOP, Dems show no sign of retreat in shutdown’s first day
Sun  Jan 21 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending Saturday as Americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and Congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying … read more.

Congress shuts down the government. Now what?
Sun  Jan 21 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here’s a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down … read more.

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