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Champions Cup spurs emotion
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Every year the annual Champions Cup ceremony reception is one fraught with excitement, gratitude and emotion and this year, it’s seventh annual, proved no exception. On two occasions recipients struggled … read more.
New things this year at Pioneer Days
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Fall is in the air and that can mean only one thing: the 41st Annual Pioneer Days Festival is almost here. Held on Oct. 29 and 30, this year, the event … read more.
39 Mile Yard Sale this weekend
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
If yard-sale-ing is your bag, you will have gone to heaven this Saturday. And you can see the East Polk County sights while you leap-frog from sale site to sale … read more.
Pumpkin carving contest Oct. 29
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Costumes are welcome when you start your trick or treating early at the free Fall Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center, … read more.
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Civility short in Berryman, Townsend appearance
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Most Tiger Bay of Polk County luncheons in which candidates face off against one another are marked with civility. That was not always the situation at the Oct. 18 gathering in which Billy Townsend and Hunt Berryman appeared before a … read more.

Rooney faces two challengers in re-election
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
April Freeman’s great-grandfather fought in World War I, her grandfather stormed Normandy Beach in World War II and her uncle was a pilot in Vietnam. Freeman is carrying on her family legacy by running for public office as a Democratic … read more.

Outlook: Need to draw smaller businesses
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
While Lake Wales has been experiencing economic development by drawing in larger businesses along U.S. 27 and State Road 60, the city still needs to draw in smaller businesses into its downtown area. Kevin Kieft, president of the Lake Wales … read more.

Front Porch turns to city for funding
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
It was acknowledged at the start by Rufus Stephens that he was taking a long shot. Still, he felt it had to be taken. Stephens appeared before Bartow City Commissioners at the Oct. 17 regular agenda meeting on behalf of … read more.

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State, National and World News
GOP faces obstacle in motivating Hispanic voters: Trump
Wed  Oct 26 2016 09:14PM
HIALEAH, Fla. — Berta Delgado told the Spanish-speaking conservative activists at her door that she is “100 por ciento” Republican, and agreed with their assessment that Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy is too liberal. She said she’d vote for Sen. … read more.

US Coast Guard in Hawaii searching for Chinese mariner
Wed  Oct 26 2016 09:14PM
HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii is searching for a Chinese man attempting to set a sailing record from San Francisco to Shanghai. The Coast Guard located Guo Chuan’s 97-foot trimaran early Wednesday. Rescuers searched for the 50-year-old … read more.

Americans ate more seafood last year than they did in 2014
Wed  Oct 26 2016 09:14PM
PORTLAND, Maine — The average American ate nearly a pound more seafood in 2015 than he or she did the previous year, the federal government said on Wednesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the statistic along with its … read more.

Trump, GOP look to ‘Obamacare’ report as comeback lifeline
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:52PM
DORAL, Florida — Suddenly armed with fresh political ammunition, Donald Trump and anxious Republicans across the nation seized on spiking health care costs Tuesday in a final-days effort to spark election momentum. The Republican presidential nominee, trekking across must-win Florida, … read more.

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