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Currently no need to panic in Polk re: Zika
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:24PM
In light of Florida’s governor last week urging caution and a health emergency declared in four counties in Florida because of the Zika virus, the fear of it is not … read more.
Hope Now trying to salvage itself
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:12PM
Hope Now is busy this week trying to find programs for its remaining clients and hoping to ward off complete closure after the Polk County Commission canceled its contract last … read more.
SyFy Bartow to contest you
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:08PM
On Feb. 20 you will see people strolling Main Street looking like aliens, superheroes and cosplayers and if only seeing them one time isn’t enough, get out to Fun Friday … read more.
American hero honored
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:10PM
In recalling his father’s life in the years he’s known him, Jerome Corbett called J.J. Corbett a consummate gentlemen. “Never have I heard him curse. Never have I heard him … read more.
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Brown Festival to let the good times roll
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:10PM
While this year’s annual L.B. Brown Heritage Festival will take in a taste of New Orleans, there will be plenty to learn about as well as the fun and games, and part of that learning will come from the United … read more.

Developer plans major concert venue
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:06PM
Triple Canopy Ranch, a 411-acre site 15 miles east of Lake Wales that in the past has hosted mud race events, is being transformed into a major concert facility that could attract as many as 50,000 fans, according to the … read more.

Last call Valentine’s Day group wedding
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:16PM
Registration closes Thursday, Feb. 11, to participate in the Polk County Clerk of Courts & Comptroller Valentine’s Group Wedding. The unique wedding hosted by Clerk & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Polk County History … read more.

Sunday Serenade debuts on Valentine’s Day
Tue  Feb 9 2016 03:16PM
The Orpheum plans to present a new series, Sunday Serenades, and it debuts on Valentine’s Day. Every second Sunday of the month, the public is invited to the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Bartow for the free show which will … read more.

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State, National and World News
Winter storm could dump up to 18 inches of snow on Cape Cod
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:26PM
BOSTON (AP) — A wind-driven winter storm brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and threatened to drop up to 18 inches of snow on southeastern Massachusetts on Monday. Motorists in New England were warned to be vigilant after a charter … read more.

Gwyneth Paltrow tearfully testifies against accused stalker
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:24PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow testified Monday in the trial of a man accused of stalking her, saying he wrote upsetting letters discussing her death and his intention to marry her and also sent her pornography and unsolicited gifts. … read more.

WWII vet begins journey to reunite with wartime girlfriend
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:22PM
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 93-year-old World War II veteran is embarking on a 10,500-mile journey to Australia to visit his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart. It will take Norwood Thomas, who boarded a plane Sunday from … read more.

Storm Imogen lashes Britain with wind, huge waves
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:20PM
LONDON (AP) — A winter storm with hurricane-force winds and huge waves battered Britain’s coastline Monday, cutting power to thousands and disrupting travel across the country. More than 15,000 homes were without power as Storm Imogen hit Ireland, Wales and … read more.

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