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Bartow power bills lowest in state, Duke Energy near highest
Wed  May 23 2018 08:56AM
BARTOW – According to Bartow City Manager George Long, Bartow has long had a reputation for high power bills. Over the years, city staff have used profit from utility sales … read more.
Grave robbers steal clothing from buried WWII vet
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
BARTOW – Detectives are on the lookout for grave robbers who broke into the vault of a World War II veteran for his clothes sometime before May 10. Willie R … read more.
Charges against LW commissioner dismissed
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
LAKE WALES – Criminal charges against Lake Wales city commissioner Curtis Lee Gibson Jr.— which included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon— have been dismissed by the State’s Attorney office. … read more.
School board seeking renewal of half cent sales tax
Wed  May 23 2018 08:44AM
POLK COUNTY – The Polk County School Board passed a resolution on May 15 requesting that the Board of County Commissioners officially place the renewal of the half cent sales … read more.
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Duke Energy seeking public comment
Wed  May 23 2018 08:42AM
POLK COUNTY – Staff with Duke Energy hosted their third and final public hearing May 15 regarding a new substation and the location 54 miles of new 230-kolovolt transmission lines connecting the Osprey Energy Center in Auburndale to substations in … read more.

Gene Heath fired as head of PRWC
Wed  May 23 2018 08:42AM
POLK COUNTY – County Manager Jim Freeman thanked Polk Regional Water Cooperative (PRWC) Executive Director and Project Administrator Gene Heath before firing him May 16 and recommending the PRWC board have staff with the City of Lakeland find his replacement. … read more.

Lake Wales seeking better solution for city roads
Wed  May 23 2018 08:54AM
LAKE WALES – There are 86 lane miles of paved road the City of Lake Wales is responsible for keeping in good shape, but doing so is becoming an increasing challenge. This summer, officials are turning to a company that … read more.

County commission may raise property taxes
Wed  May 23 2018 08:40AM
POLK COUNTY – County commissioners were discussing the option of raising property taxes next fiscal year at a recent budget workshop. County Commissioner George Lindsey proposed to raise the property tax millage rate by a point with the provision that … read more.

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Judge sides with parents, boots adult son from New York home
Tue  May 22 2018 11:50PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — In a real-life case of “Failure to Launch,” an upstate New York judge Tuesday ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents’ house after they went to court to have him ejected. Michael Rotondo … read more.

Florida marks milestone in Everglades python control program
Wed  May 23 2018 01:19AM
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Florida is marking a milestone in its attempt to control an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The state has been paying a select group of 25 hunters to catch and kill the invasive snakes … read more.

Florida city warns residents of power outage, zombies
Tue  May 22 2018 11:36PM
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — Residents of a Florida city who received alerts about a power outage were also warned to look out for zombies. That’s right — zombies. The Palm Beach Post reports that Lake Worth officials sent out … read more.

Sheriff: Suspect in Florida standoff, gunfire, found dead
Wed  May 23 2018 01:19AM
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A man suspected of trading wild bursts of gunfire with officers during a long standoff in the Florida Panhandle was found dead Tuesday in a gasoline-soaked apartment after an armored vehicle approached, authorities said. “We … read more.

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