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Parking garage started
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
When Thanksgiving week started, people who had business at the county courthouse, or were coming to work there or at the county administration building, were bound to be at their … read more.
Church gives away turkeys, fixings
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
Response was greater than anticipated said Carver Young this past Saturday as he and other volunteers stood in a vacant lot on MLK Boulevard diagonally across the street from Mount … read more.
Cut your own tree
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
The weather should be perfect on Saturday for the hardy and adventurous souls who will be trekking through the Lake Arbuckle Tract of Lake Wales Ridge State Forest on the … read more.
Softball player signs scholarship
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
If you ask Lexi Sims what one of the big attractions of attending college in Fort Myers was, she’d say it was close to the beach. But there were other … read more.
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Holiday Closings
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
Bartow City Hall is closed on Thursday and Friday as is the Bartow Public Library. Both will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30. Bartow garbage is closed Thursday, Nov. 26. Thursday’s collection will be on Wednesday. Friday’s schedule will remain the … read more.

Gas prices tumble for turkey day
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
The average price of gasoline plunged 11 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.14 a gallon. “Motorists are saving around $11 for a full tank of gas compared to this time last year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA, auto … read more.

Rudolph Roundup under way
Wed  Nov 25 2015 08:30AM
Did you know that there are more than 3,200 children in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties that have experienced abuse and/or neglect? There is a drive under way to help those children and it’s called the Rudolph Roundup. Bring an … read more.

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Authorities: Border agent had 110 pounds of cocaine in car
Tue  Nov 24 2015 01:19AM
PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona has been arrested and charged after authorities said state troopers found 110 pounds of cocaine in his car. A criminal complaint filed in federal court shows Arizona Department of Public … read more.

Abraham Lincoln bust stolen from outside Gettysburg museum
Tue  Nov 24 2015 01:19AM
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a bust of Abraham Lincoln has been stolen from outside a museum near where he delivered the “Gettysburg Address.” The bust’s pedestal was found Monday morning in the parking lot of the … read more.

Planned Parenthood sues Texas over blocked Medicaid dollars
Mon  Nov 23 2015 10:34PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on … read more.

Officials: Man shot stepdaughter, then himself at hospital
Tue  Nov 24 2015 01:19AM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man fatally shot his stepdaughter at a Florida hospital while they were visiting a family member Monday morning, then turned the gun on himself, authorities said. The gunman was identified in a news release as … read more.

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