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Marijuana growing in Lake Wales
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – After a couple of years of renovating manufacturing space and dealing with government red tape, medical marijuana is finally growing inside an old mattress warehouse near the … read more.
HEART will take you to another world
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Tucked away on the south 40 of Warner University is a unique operation that virtually takes you to another world. It’s billed as HEART—Hunger Education and Resource … read more.
Hometown hero still searching for work
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN - During the first period of a November 2013 Lightning hockey game, Winter Haven resident Scott Owens was honored as a Lightning Community Hero. The Lightning web site … read more.
Citrus seeks cities help to pay for buses
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Staff with the Polk Transportation Planning Organization, Citrus Connection and Winter Haven Area Transit hosted a public workshop at the Winter Haven Library Monday seeking input on … read more.
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Spiderman draws a crowd
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Though it wasn’t meant to be as such Saturday at Main Street Comic Books and Memorabilia, there was a small preview of the upcoming SyFy Bartow event which is coming in February. On hand for the event was … read more.

NFL star gives Highlanders a helping hand
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
Polk County high school coaches are usually happy to get help with their programs when it’s offered. Especially when it comes from one of the most prolific wide-receivers to ever play in the National Football League. So imagine the surprise … read more.

Woman charged with embezzling from company
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – Longtime Ledger marketing director and Winter Haven resident Sukhvinder “Nanay” Pittman was arrested on felony fraud charges July 18 for allegedly defrauding the Lakeland newspaper over the course of at least three years. Pittman reportedly used vouchers … read more.

Former principal accused of grand theft
Wed  Jul 26 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – A woman already facing charges of embezzling from McKeel Academy was arrested again on Thursday on new charges stemming from a new investigation that revealed she allegedly stole 14 iPads and embezzled funds using Polk County School Board-issued … read more.

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State, National and World News
Experts: Software theft shows threat of mercenary hackers
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:56PM
MONTPELIER, Vt. — On an October morning in 2012, the system administrator of a tiny Vermont defense contractor arrived at work to find the business’ computers had been hacked and a sophisticated software program stolen. Prosecutors later concluded the thieves … read more.

US stocks edge higher; bond yields fall following Fed
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:56PM
NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes inched further into record territory Wednesday after AT&T, Boeing and others joined the parade of big companies reporting stronger profits than analysts expected. Stocks that pay big dividends were particularly strong after the Federal … read more.

Trump misfires on Mideast
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:56PM
BEIRUT — President Donald Trump is not up to speed on who’s fighting whom in the Middle East. The president wrongly credited the Lebanese government with fighting Hezbollah when he heaped praise on its prime minister at the White House … read more.

Judge: Baby Charlie Gard will end life in hospice, not home
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:56PM
LONDON — Critically ill baby Charlie Gard will be transferred to a hospice and taken off life support unless his parents and a hospital agree on a plan that could potentially keep the child alive for a bit longer, a … read more.

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