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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Modern day dinosaurs
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
When John Storms introduced about 100 onlookers to a Florida crocodile in his reptile show last week, he called it “the “animal that is most feared in the world.” Speaking … read more.
PSC stands with LGBT community
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Only days after the massive killing at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12 did a Polk State College student leader spring into action, to have fellow students show … read more.
Mears: ‘Most fun I’ve had getting beaten’
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
“Drivers, start your engines,” said an announcer at Legoland Florida as 10-year-old Layla Popoff zoomed to victory racing veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Casey Mears on Monday, June 20, in … read more.
Connecting trails to greenways a priority
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
“To me, this is a really important topic,” said Mayor Trish Pfeiffer on Friday, June 17 as she opened the special city commission workshop session regarding the trail system in … read more.
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City seeking new garbage collector
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Winter Haven wants to stick with its recycling program but will be looking for a company that is cheaper than Republic Services, the company that currently provides service to the city. At the June 15 budget review session, the commission … read more.

Sheriff, bus service calling for ‘Summer of Safety
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Sheriff Grady Judd fondly remembers the summer vacations of his youth when he would take the bus to various places in Lakeland for summertime fun. Saving up his weekly allowance, all he needed was a dollar to buy a bus … read more.

City seeking community center
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
A multipurpose public facility that will serve as a community center and provide recreational services and activities was suggested during a city commission budget workshop on June 14. Lake Wales City Commissioners reached a consensus and determined that the city’s … read more.

Two commissioners: Polk’s future promising
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Before an audience of almost 40 people, Polk County Commissioners Melony Bell and R. Todd Dantzler spoke before the guests at the June 14 Tiger Bay of Polk County luncheon, with each reflecting upon their time in office; both are … read more.

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State, National and World News
Britain, EU at odds over timing of divorce talks
Sat  Jun 25 2016 08:58PM
By JILL LAWLESS and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The European Union wants a quickie divorce, but Britain wants time to think things over. Senior EU politicians demanded Saturday that the U.K. quickly cut its ties with the … read more.

23 dead in West Virginia floods; search and rescue continues
Sat  Jun 25 2016 08:58PM
By JONATHAN MATTISE Associated Press CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) — Surrounded by muddy devastation, Cathy Light and her husband Chris thought it was “heaven sent” they had free burgers to munch on in a Clendenin parking lot Saturday. To their left, … read more.

At least 14 killed in Somalia hotel attack; police say ended
Sat  Jun 25 2016 08:56PM
By ABDI GULED Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia’s seaside capital Saturday, taking guests hostage and “shooting at everyone they could see,” before security forces pursued the grenade-throwing assailants to the top floor and … read more.

Study: Rotting trees caused mysterious holes in huge dunes
Sat  Jun 25 2016 08:56PM
By TOM COYNE Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Mysterious holes that forced the closure of a massive dune at an Indiana national park after a 6-year-old boy fell into one and nearly died were caused by sand-covered trees … read more.

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