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Tampa Bay Times buys the Tampa Tribune
Tue  May 3 2016 04:35PM
ST. PETERSBURG — Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry. Times chairman and CEO … read more.

Tue  May 3 2016 12:36PM
BARTOW — While it may not seem so unusual nowadays, at one time a woman behind the wheel of a big rig was a big deal. Even today, for many, … read more.
Sitek settling in at Frostproof Care Center
Tue  May 3 2016 12:30PM
After 26 years of helping the Frostproof Care Center provide for local families who cannot help themselves, Ralph Water stepped down earlier this year as its executive director. While his … read more.
Citrus group still figuring out spending options
Tue  May 3 2016 12:38PM
BARTOW — The Florida Citrus Commission will likely have more money to spend in the coming growing season than they thought just a few months ago, but figuring out exactly … read more.
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Byrd takes job as permanent superintendent
Tue  May 3 2016 12:34PM
BARTOW — Polk County’s new school superintendent is expected to “make it, fake it or break it” with her newly approved one-year-contract, said Polk School Board Chairman Kay Fields Tuesday, April 26. Fields’ comment came at a school board workshop … read more.

Mullenax legacy: Listening and budget
Tue  May 3 2016 01:04PM
BARTOW — After serving two terms on the Polk County School Board and 46 years in the school district, Dick Mullenax decided he will not run for re-election. He cited health reasons he is not seeking re-election to his District … read more.

Open house seeks to entice the girls
Tue  May 3 2016 12:32PM
BARTOW — It was a good turnout Saturday at the Bartow branch of Girls Inc., which held an open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The programs offered provide girls are designed to help them build life skills. It provided the opportunity … read more.

Boundary changes to affect 3 percent of voters
Tue  May 3 2016 12:32PM
BARTOW — Change is in the wind for Polk County voters and possibly for some addresses, the Polk County Commission learned Friday at its Friday work session. Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards showed commissioners proposed precinct changes resulting from recreated … read more.

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State, National and World News
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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