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Polk County power: Politicians from Polk
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE – If Adam Putnam is successful in his bid for governor next year, he will become the fourth governor who can claim Polk County as his home. It’s a … read more.
Party for Putnam
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Adam Putnam formally announced he is running for governor Wednesday, May 10, in his hometown. He made his declaration before his hometown crowd in Bartow framed by a … read more.
Silly socks storm may be rising
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Young patients at Lakeland Regional Hospital received a special treat with gift bags filled with toys, coloring books, and other comfort items last Saturday. This wasn’t Christmas, … read more.
Carillon on tape
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – For 88 years, Bok Tower’s clarion bells have been peeling their mellifluous melodies over Mountain Lake and the surrounding Lake Wales landscape. Now their music will be … read more.
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Mayor Fultz wins Citizen of the Year
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Gene Fultz may serve as the mayor of Lake Wales, as well as on several city and county boards, but he considers himself to be more than a politician. “I am not a politician,” Fultz said. “I … read more.

Cooper wins Soaring Eagle award
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – When he was a high school student in the 1950s, Ernie Cooper was with a bunch of friends at the Youth Center in Bowling Green, Florida. “We were at the back table and there were people playing cards, … read more.

Local lawmakers speak about pot
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
HAINES CITY – Despite the fact 71 percent of the voters approved a constitutional amendment for medical marijuana the state Legislature failed to come out with a way to implement it and plans a special session to do so. The … read more.

Barrow to retire from Bartow Airport
Wed  May 17 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — After more than four decades with the Bartow Municipal Airport and Industrial Park, Cynthia Barrow, who ascended to the executive director position in 1994, decided it was time to retire. “Thank you again for meeting with me individually,” … read more.

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State, National and World News
Sick dog to reunite with family 2 years after disappearing
Mon  May 22 2017 09:02PM
HOWELL, N.J. — A dog found near death will be reunited with her owners two years after she disappeared. Five-year-old Cali was found at a rest stop in south New Jersey in April, the Asbury Park Press reported. The emaciated … read more.

NASA orders up urgent repairs at space station
Tue  May 23 2017 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA has ordered up urgent spacewalking repairs at the International Space Station. On Tuesday, two astronauts will venture out to replace a data relay box that broke over the weekend. The job falls to the two Americans … read more.

Haley wants UN to shift aid focus
Tue  May 23 2017 01:19AM
AMMAN, Jordan — President Donald Trump’s U.N. ambassador called Monday for the U.N. and aid agencies to shift focus in how they support Syrians in need by boosting support for roads, schools and hospitals in neighboring countries that have been … read more.

Stepmother of slain boy: ‘pain compliance does not work’
Tue  May 23 2017 01:19AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The stepmother of a Kansas boy whose father killed him and fed his remains to the family’s pigs talked on a private Facebook group about restraining the child with handcuffs, ace bandages and splints, according … read more.

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