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School activities indoors during eclipse
Tue  Aug 15 2017 05:04PM
Because of the potential dangers of the partial solar eclipse on Monday afternoon, the Polk County School District plans to move indoors all athletic practices, band rehearsals and after-school programs, … read more.
Cigar factory’s fate in balance
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The fate of the Thompson & Company Cigar could be sealed on Sept. 12. That’s the date Bartow City Commissioners will have a special meeting to decide whether … read more.
Gasoline prices bouncing up and down last few weeks
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Last month, local residents could purchase gasoline for less than $2 per gallon at a few places around Winter Haven. Prices have risen nationwide since, but less … read more.
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Bartow to build solar field
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The city is going solar. By the end of this year, there will be a solar field on 30 acres on the south side of Gaskin Road about three-quarters of mile east of 91 Mine Road. The field … read more.

CITRUS Act: Money and fight face massive uphill battle
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE ALFRED – Researchers with the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred say finding a cure to the global citrus greening problem is a massive uphill battle that will require years of additional research. Citrus … read more.

Mystery of the parking signs
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Not too long ago, less than two months, there were signs on the sidewalks outside the Post Office on Central Avenue reserving the spots for those who needed that office. Now there are no signs, and no one … read more.

Medical Center employees backpack local students
Wed  Aug 16 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Nearly 100 Lake Wales area school students will have new backpacks with lots of new school supplies, thanks to the employees at Lake Wales Medical Center. The hospital held a backpack drive this summer to gather school … read more.

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Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite
Thu  Aug 17 2017 09:10PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world’s first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer on Thursday. In total, Russians Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy ended up releasing five nanosatellites by hand. One by one, the … read more.

US announces deal to export pork
Thu  Aug 17 2017 09:08PM
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The United States said Thursday that it has agreed to terms on a deal to export pork to Argentina for the first time in 25 years. Argentina blocked imports of U.S. pork in 1992, saying it … read more.

US stocks tumble to worst loss in 3 months in broad selling
Thu  Aug 17 2017 09:08PM
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks plunged Thursday as losses for Cisco Systems hurt technology companies while Wal-Mart declined after its latest quarterly report. Banks also dropped as bond yields and interest rates sank for a second day. It was the … read more.

Attacker drives van into Barcelona crowd; 12 dead, 80 hurt
Thu  Aug 17 2017 09:08PM
BARCELONA, Spain — A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Authorities said 12 people … read more.

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