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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Voters to be asked to renew indigent health tax
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
In November, Polk County residents will go to the polls not only to elect a president and a host of other officials, but to solidify health care for the county’s … read more.
Storm brings wind, rain and trees in road
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
The calls started coming at approximately 3 p.m., Sunday, June 26, as a storm with lightning, wind gusts as high as 60 mph, plus hail, dumped approximately 3½ inches of rain … read more.
Lake Ashton stars on CNN
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
Lights, camera, action! Lake Ashton hits a hole in one on national TV as the focus of CNN’s “United Shades of America.” Although the segment on the private golf community … read more.
Integrity, character, trust necessary in order to succeed
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
Every year a special scholarship program takes place, sponsored by the Bartow Deacons and Stewards Alliance Inc., a church-based organization, and this year’s event took place this past Saturday, June … read more.
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Tea Party highlights Woman’s Care Center work
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
For Rusty Music, it was the first Tea Party he’d ever been to Saturday, but it probably won’t be his last as he and his wife are awaiting their first born. “This is my first Tea Party, but with a … read more.

After 43 years, look what Cash has left behind
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
Very rarely does an individual such as Polk County Fire Chief David Cash dedicate nearly half of his life to a single career, let alone becomes so instrumental in innovating that career, which makes a retirement such as his all … read more.

County tabs Stravino to step in as new fire chief
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
While no one can replace a seasoned fire chief like David Cash, who had invested more than 40 years of service, the newly-appointed county fire chief has more than enough experience to continue his legacy. Anthony “Tony” P. Stravino was … read more.

City to take out loan to give parks facelift
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
The Winter Haven City Commission is going into hock to the tune of as much as $7 million to provide upgrades to three parks and improve about three-quarters of a mile of Seventh Street. The loan will make up the difference … read more.

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State, National and World News
Lawmakers promise to complete rescue package for Puerto Rico
Tue  Jun 28 2016 10:34PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican and Democratic leaders on Tuesday promised to complete a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico before a $2 billion debt payment comes due on Friday. “Failure is really not an option,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, … read more.

3 missing, 1 injured in head-on train collision in Texas
Tue  Jun 28 2016 10:34PM
DALLAS (AP) — Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. … read more.

Suspected IS suicide bombers kill dozens at Istanbul airport
Tue  Jun 28 2016 10:34PM
ISTANBUL (AP) — Three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Tuesday, killing at least 36 people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 36 were dead … read more.

Gunman shoots 1 at downtown Denver building; kills self
Tue  Jun 28 2016 10:34PM
DENVER (AP) — A gunman walked into a busy downtown Denver office building and shot a person multiple times before turning the gun on himself, police said Tuesday. The gunman was found dead when SWAT officers arrived, police spokesman Doug … read more.

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