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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
July 4 celebration starts at 2, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Wed  Jul 1 2015 03:26PM
City celebration starts at 2 p.m. Saturday The City of Lake Wales is hosting an Independence Day Celebration from 2-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4 on the shores of Lake Wailes. The fireworks will … read more.
Florida DOH encourages healthy and safe swimming
Wed  Jul 1 2015 03:26PM
Residents are encouraged to practice healthy and safe swimming this summer, the Florida Department of Health said, adding while playing in the pool can be fun, injuries and illnesses due … read more.
Gold Star Mother to receive recognition July 4
Wed  Jul 1 2015 03:26PM
Karen Vaughn, Gold Star Mother, national speaker, Florida local director for Concerned Veterans for America, will be receiving the Honor and Remember Flag at 11 a.m. on July 4 at … read more.
In a flash
Wed  Jul 1 2015 03:24PM
They say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but for one local, once was more than enough for her and her neighbor. Hillside Avenue resident Sophia Partain was home … read more.
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SunPass rates going up on toll roads
Wed  Jul 1 2015 03:24PM
SunPass users will see an increase in tolls when traveling on Florida’s Turnpike starting Wednesday. The 1.6 percent will go into effect due to a 2007 state law that allows state officials to adjust SunPass and toll-by-plate rates every year … read more.


Night lane closures on Scenic
Wed  Jul 1 2015 03:24PM
Nighttime drivers in Lake Wales who use Scenic Highway might be in for some delays staring next week, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. A long project on 3.5 mile stretch of State Road 17, from near Mountain Lake … read more.

Circle B trail to get new look point
Wed  Jul 1 2015 03:24PM
The construction of an observation area along Marsh Rabbit Run at Circle B Bar Reserve is in the works. Work on the observation area will begin on Monday and the trail will be closed to hikers during that time. The … read more.

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Historic Tampa cigar factory destroyed in fire
Sun  Jul 5 2015 09:55PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A historic Tampa cigar factory has been destroyed in a fire. Authorities say the roof and floors of the Palmetto Beach Cigar Factor collapsed in the fire which broke out shortly after midnight Sunday. The fire … read more.

Cop, lifeguard save Florida man after canoe tips over
Sun  Jul 5 2015 09:55PM
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — An officer and lifeguard are being hailed heroes after rescuing a man from nearly crowning after his canoe tipped over in Sarasota. A couple was canoeing Saturday when the canoe tipped over and the man’s hand … read more.

Court rules against damage caps for medical malpractice
Sun  Jul 5 2015 09:55PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida court has ruled that caps on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits do not apply in personal injury cases. The Legislature in 2003 established $500,000 limits on non-economic damages for such cases. Last … read more.

Crayola Experience opens new attraction at Orlando mall
Sun  Jul 5 2015 09:55PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Crayola Experience attraction has opened in Orlando. The 70,000 square-foot facility located in Florida Mall opened this week, and is the second created by the crayons maker. It joins one that opened in 2013 in … read more.

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