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Mistake badly hurts Postal food drive
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – An annual Postal Food Drive collection that allows the Church Service Center to help make it through the summer months with plenty of food was held Saturday. But, … read more.
Dooley wins a Mustang
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Samuel Dooley, a junior at Bartow High School, never imagined driving in a 2017 Red Ford Mustang, but he was lucky enough to do just that last Saturday. … read more.
Water restrictions may be coming soon
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Southwest Polk homeowners may have to let their yards get thirsty if the drought plaguing the area continues much longer, the Polk Board of County Commissioners decided last … read more.
Part of U.S. 98 to close in Frostproof
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
After the morning rush hour on Wednesday, May 24, CSX Transportation will close its rail crossing on U.S. 98 about a half-mile west of the intersection at U.S. 27 in west … read more.
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Sheriff named Polk Patriot
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
LAKE WALES – Sheriff Grady Judd is considered by many Polk County residents to be the best sheriff in the country, yet the honorable sheriff acknowledges his own position as that of a humble public servant. When asked if he … read more.

Memorial Day closings
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Many organizations are closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Winter Haven City Hall and public library is closed. Bartow City Hall and public library are closed. Bartow Garbage: Monday collection will be on Tuesday. Tuesday collection will … read more.

Commissioners consider options in replacing Barrow
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — The Bartow Airport Authority was faced with two options in a special meeting last week in replacing the retiring executive director Cindy Barrow who is planning to retire. The meeting had been called because member Billy Simpson was … read more.

Safety necessary at who’s cost?
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
LAKELAND – While most residents along Clubhouse Road in Highland City are aware of the traffic and safety problems along their road, and many are willing to pay to fix these problems, still a few others remain reluctant to foot … read more.

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Liquor wall staying up in Florida after Gov. Scott’s veto
Thu  May 25 2017 08:18PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s liquor wall, which was been around since Prohibition ended, will remain standing after a bill to tear it down was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott. The so-called “Whiskey and Wheaties Bill” would have allowed grocery … read more.

22 GOP senators want US to pull out of Paris climate accord
Thu  May 25 2017 08:13PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republicans on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign pledge to pull out of the Paris climate accord. The GOP senators sent a two-page letter … read more.

NATO leaders meet under intense Trump pressure on spending
Thu  May 25 2017 08:13PM
BRUSSELS (AP) — Meeting fellow NATO leaders for the first time, U.S. President Donald Trump aggressively challenged them Thursday to spend more on their own defense, putting the alliance under exceptional pressure to become tougher, sharper and newly relevant. The … read more.

Democrats use budget office report to attack GOP health bill
Thu  May 25 2017 08:13PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats needle Republicans on Thursday with the gloomy assessment that 23 million people would lose insurance under the Republican health care bill, and that premiums for seriously ill people would rise. The leader of the Senate GOP … read more.

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