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Frostproof continues steps toward CRA
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:42PM
Frostproof is one step closer towards addressing blight within city infrastructure and housing now that it has accepted a grant from the state and entered into an agreement with a … read more.
School district employees get raise
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:08PM
The Polk school system’s non-teaching staff will be getting a pay raise, thanks to a unanimous vote by the school board at last week’s board meeting. The board and representatives … read more.
Updates: Shafer pitching in fall league
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:06PM
Baseball season has continued into the fall for Justin Shafer. The Lake Wales High School graduate and Toronto Blue Jays minor-league pitcher is on the Salt River Rafters roster in … read more.
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‘We have a problem’
Tue  Oct 13 2015 12:56PM
Best Saturday’s turnout for the Farm Share food giveaway to needy Lake Wales residents was such a rousing success, feeding hundreds of families, organizer State Rep. Mike La Rosa says he plans to make it an annual event. “We saw … read more.

Tell a story … inspire a child
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:18PM
Twenty-seven years is a long time to have an event, and perhaps that makes it a favored tradition. Such is the case with the Cracker Storytelling Festival held in Homeland last weekend, which drew thousands of people from all over … read more.

VISTE is lifeline for elderly
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:16PM
By next year, Mary Ann Harrell will qualify as one of the nine people she helps every Tuesday and Thursday. She is a volunteer driver for VISTE in Bartow and delivers hot meals to those people each week. “Next year … read more.

Breast cancer walk Saturday
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:14PM
On Saturday, there will be hundreds of people in pink walking around the Mosaic Park area as the Making Strides Against Cancer walk returns. So far the Making Strides in Polk County’s 438 teams have raised more than $31,000 and … read more.

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Pumpkins available for Halloween but maybe not Thanksgiving
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:06PM
NEOGA, Ill. (AP) — There should be enough pumpkins for Halloween this year, but that might not be the case for the canned pumpkin used in pies come Thanksgiving, according to crop experts in Illinois, the country’s top pumpkin-producing state. … read more.

IS advances near Syria’s Aleppo despite Russian strikes
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
By ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants captured a string of villages near Aleppo on Friday in a lightning attack that brought them closer to the prized city in northern Syria, despite a … read more.

Farmers look at devastating losses as flood rolls downstream
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
BRANCHVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Thad Wimberly tugs on a clump of peanuts, shaking off the mud as he cracks the soggy shells to inspect his crop. But all he can do is sigh as his livelihood disintegrates between his fingers. … read more.

Hungarian president warns about migration’s security aspect
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
BALATONFURED, Hungary (AP) — Solidarity with refugees escaping war must not overshadow concerns about human trafficking and the threat from extremists, Hungary’s president said Friday. While “the humanitarian aspects are very important, especially with the coming winter ... we would … read more.

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