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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Modern day dinosaurs
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
When John Storms introduced about 100 onlookers to a Florida crocodile in his reptile show last week, he called it “the “animal that is most feared in the world.” Speaking … read more.
PSC stands with LGBT community
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Only days after the massive killing at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12 did a Polk State College student leader spring into action, to have fellow students show … read more.
Mears: ‘Most fun I’ve had getting beaten’
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
“Drivers, start your engines,” said an announcer at Legoland Florida as 10-year-old Layla Popoff zoomed to victory racing veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Casey Mears on Monday, June 20, in … read more.
Connecting trails to greenways a priority
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
“To me, this is a really important topic,” said Mayor Trish Pfeiffer on Friday, June 17 as she opened the special city commission workshop session regarding the trail system in … read more.
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City seeking new garbage collector
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Winter Haven wants to stick with its recycling program but will be looking for a company that is cheaper than Republic Services, the company that currently provides service to the city. At the June 15 budget review session, the commission … read more.

Sheriff, bus service calling for ‘Summer of Safety
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Sheriff Grady Judd fondly remembers the summer vacations of his youth when he would take the bus to various places in Lakeland for summertime fun. Saving up his weekly allowance, all he needed was a dollar to buy a bus … read more.

City seeking community center
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
A multipurpose public facility that will serve as a community center and provide recreational services and activities was suggested during a city commission budget workshop on June 14. Lake Wales City Commissioners reached a consensus and determined that the city’s … read more.

Two commissioners: Polk’s future promising
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Before an audience of almost 40 people, Polk County Commissioners Melony Bell and R. Todd Dantzler spoke before the guests at the June 14 Tiger Bay of Polk County luncheon, with each reflecting upon their time in office; both are … read more.

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State, National and World News
Florida charity: Zika raises risks for homeless families
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
TAMPA (AP) — A Tampa charity is distributing insect repellent and mosquito nets to the homeless to help protect them from mosquito bites. Metropolitan Ministries President and CEO Tim Marks tells WFLA-TV that he routinely hears complaints about insect bites … read more.

Officials: Man loses leg in boating hit-and-run
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
ST. AUGUSTINE (AP) — Part of a man’s leg had to be amputated following what officials were describing as a hit-and-run boating crash in St. Augustine. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials tell news outlets that Logan Farquhar lost … read more.

Pilot faulted in plane’s crash while filming zombie movie
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
OCALA (AP) — Federal investigators have faulted a pilot for the 2014 crash of an experimental plane while filming a zombie movie in Florida. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the April 2014 crash in Marion County killed 65-year-old pilot Dennis … read more.

Ex-capo in New England Mafia charged with lying to feds
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
BOSTON — A former high-ranking member of the New England Mafia was arrested in Florida on Monday on charges he lied to federal officials about the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner. Robert DeLuca, a former capo in the … read more.

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