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Mayors roundtable addresses issues
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Eleven area mayors and a county commissioner participated in the 7th Annual Polk Vision Mayor’s Roundtable at Polk State College Center for Public Safety Sept. 6. Those … read more.
#Refillthetruck: Texans, Floridians help each other
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – In early September, with catastrophic flood water from Hurricane Harvey wreaking havoc on his home state of Texas, Navy veteran Bud Allen decided to do something to … read more.
Irma would have benefited Fort Meade biomass plant
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
At least one Polk County business would have found Hurricane Irma’s wrath a boon to their operation, except for the fact the Fort Meade bio-mass electricity producing plant isn’t scheduled … read more.
Winter Haven Manor loses elevator shaft
Wed  Sep 13 2017 03:02PM
WINTER HAVEN – Jorge Delgado said he thought Winter Haven Manor was going to be a safer place to ride out Hurricane Irma than his apartment. He was wrong. “Around … read more.
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Two down, three to go
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Five Polk County residents were recently arrested for allegedly sodomizing a homeless man with a flashlight, beating him to death, burning his body and disposing of it in the Green Swamp area. Two of those accused have now … read more.

Neighbors look out for neighbors
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
If ever there was a time when folks need to watch out for each other, it is now, according to the Winter Haven Police Department. Jamie Brown, the dept. public information officer, noted that the WHPD has received calls of … read more.

Quams are headed to the Peace Corps
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Kirby and Emilie Quam are about to spend the next two years in Senegal, Africa as volunteers with the Peace Corps. The Lake Wales sweethearts will meet the 70 or so other volunteers joining them Sept. 24 … read more.

School lessons: Irma centered this week
Wed  Sep 20 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – When youngsters returned to school yesterday, there was plenty of talk in the classrooms, just not about the traditional things like reading, writing and arithmetic. Teachers and school personnel in the Lake Wales Charter system made sure … read more.

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GOP report accuses watchdog of going easy on Wells Fargo
Wed  Sep 20 2017 09:56PM
NEW YORK — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could have fined Wells Fargo in excess of $10 billion for its illegal sales practices but instead settled for $100 million, according to the agency’s internal documents released by Congressional Republicans this … read more.

US stocks wobble but close higher
Wed  Sep 20 2017 09:56PM
U.S. stock indexes overcame an afternoon wobble to close mostly higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it would start reducing its huge bond portfolio next month and was still on track to raise interest rates later this year. The … read more.

Iranian president: Trump’s UN comments ‘ignorant’
Wed  Sep 20 2017 09:56PM
UNITED NATIONS — Iran’s president warned Wednesday that his country will “respond decisively” to any violation of the agreement that reins in its nuclear program and called U.S. President Donald Trump’s “ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric” about Iran unfit for … read more.

Kenya Supreme Court nixed poll because of data
Wed  Sep 20 2017 09:56PM
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Supreme Court said Wednesday it nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election largely because the electoral commission refused to allow an investigation of its computerized system that transmitted results. The court judges said because the electoral commission refused … read more.

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