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Cigar factory faces possibility being snuffed out
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
It was not good news city commissioners heard at the April 18 work session. By the April 5 deadline, no business had submitted an Request for Quotation, or RFQ. This … read more.
People recognized for helping
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
“Can I arrest anyone now?” Clifton Lewis joked Monday after he was sworn in as an honorary deputy sheriff at the annual picnic of the Neighborhood Improvement Corp. “For most … read more.
Main Street taking the interactive step
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
There are a couple of new things Main Street Bartow Inc. has launched the past few weeks: one to help decorate and one to help visitors and residents visit one … read more.
Streamsong hopes USGA event is just the first
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
When the United States Golf Association brings one of its national amateur tournaments to Streamsong next month, the resort just west of Fort Meade is hoping it marks the beginning … read more.
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Relay For Life dedicated to Simpson
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Billy Simpson has served on many boards, been elected to positions to represent the public, but on Friday he was the chairman of a new one: The Bartow-Lake Wales Relay For Life. “To qualify for this job, you have to … read more.

Bartow’s Girl’s Inc.’s open house coming
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Next Saturday, Girls, Inc. of Bartow has planned an open house at its Main Street location to let girls of all ages know what sort of programs are available that will help them become “strong, smart and bold.” Girls, Inc. … read more.

New approaches developed promoting OJ, citrus
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
The Florida Department of Citrus is all-too-aware sales of orange juice and other citrus beverages are on the decline and have been the past several years. “Production is the lowest it’s ever been,” said Samantha Lane, Director of Public Relations … read more.

83-year-old freefall
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
There are hardly many 83-year-old women who want to get on a plane, let alone jump out of one. However, one 83-year-old staff member from Vanguard School managed to do both. Lake Wales resident Gale Prettyman decided to check another … read more.

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Orlando cops on leave during investigations
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man carrying an imitation firearm have been placed on customary administrative leave during an investigation, authorities said Monday. Officers repeatedly told Charlin Charles to put down the gun, but … read more.

Officials: FBI thwarts plot against Florida Jewish center
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI — The FBI has thwarted a plot to detonate an explosive device at a South Florida Jewish center and arrested one man on federal charges, authorities said Monday. The suspect is identified in court records as James Medina, 40, … read more.

The might of Mickey: Orlando still top US destination
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — It’s a crowded world after all — at least in Orlando’s hotels and theme parks. Tourism officials announced Monday that the number of visitors coming to Orlando last year jumped 5.5 percent to more than 66 million visitors. … read more.

Derailment affects commuter train service into Washington
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A total of 16 cars were involved in a freight train derailment in the nation’s capital over the weekend, CSX said Monday, not the 15 previously reported. CSX updated the number following an assessment of the site. Florida-based … read more.

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