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Harris: Conversity the key
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
• Diversity Awards, Page 21 BARTOW – Dr. Richard Harris warned a house of nearly 300 people last week at the annual Diversity Luncheon of what very well could be … read more.
Student recognized for helping ill youth
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN - Lake Wales High School freshman and Winter Haven resident Zachary Kirkland was recently awarded a Youth Service America/Disney/ABC Television $500 Be Inspired grant to make a positive … read more.
CRC chairman taken by surprise
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Get out of my way and go sit down, Leo Longworth said to Gloria Washington at the 2017 Diversity Awards luncheon as he was about to announce the … read more.
Air Force range celebrates 75 years
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – In the year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Avon Park doubled in size from around 3,000 residents to around 7,000. The United States government was in great … read more.
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Magical Illumination Parade
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
Trophies were awarded for the best entries in eight areas Best School Float: Floral Avenue Elementary Best Church Float: Medulla Baptist Church Best Government Float: Board of County Commissioners Best Business Float: Kelley Buick Best Decorated Car: Lakeland Jeep Club … read more.

East Bartow redevelopment project OK’d
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – As of last Wednesday, the Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency embarked on an economic redevelopment project to enhance east Bartow with its Residential Blight Elimination Project. In the project, there are four plans to help people buy, fix and … read more.

Who wants to be the chairman?
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – It was almost like a round robin game when the Community Redevelopment Agency picked a new chairman and vice chairman at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6. After recognizing outgoing member Alan Rayl for leaving the board after … read more.

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State, National and World News
Prosecutors oppose ex-congresswoman’s fraud sentence appeal
Sun  Dec 17 2017 08:28PM
JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors are opposing ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s request to remain free on bond while she appeals her fraud sentence, according to a motion filed Sunday. Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow filed the motion in U.S. … read more.

SpaceX capsule back at space station with pre-Christmas haul
Sun  Dec 17 2017 08:27PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A recycled SpaceX capsule is back at the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas. NASA astronauts used the space station’s big robot arm to grab the Dragon capsule out of orbit Sunday. It’s the … read more.

Sen. Schumer: Bomb-detection units needed at transit hubs
Sun  Dec 17 2017 08:27PM
ALBANY, N.Y. — Screening devices that detect suicide vests like the one that exploded in a New York City subway tunnel are being tested in a Los Angeles transit station, but U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday the Transportation Security … read more.

Special counsel obtains thousands of Trump transition emails
Sun  Dec 17 2017 08:27PM
WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump’s campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, according to several people familiar with … read more.

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