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Cigar factory faces possibility being snuffed out
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
It was not good news city commissioners heard at the April 18 work session. By the April 5 deadline, no business had submitted an Request for Quotation, or RFQ. This … read more.
People recognized for helping
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
“Can I arrest anyone now?” Clifton Lewis joked Monday after he was sworn in as an honorary deputy sheriff at the annual picnic of the Neighborhood Improvement Corp. “For most … read more.
Main Street taking the interactive step
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
There are a couple of new things Main Street Bartow Inc. has launched the past few weeks: one to help decorate and one to help visitors and residents visit one … read more.
Streamsong hopes USGA event is just the first
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
When the United States Golf Association brings one of its national amateur tournaments to Streamsong next month, the resort just west of Fort Meade is hoping it marks the beginning … read more.
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Relay For Life dedicated to Simpson
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Billy Simpson has served on many boards, been elected to positions to represent the public, but on Friday he was the chairman of a new one: The Bartow-Lake Wales Relay For Life. “To qualify for this job, you have to … read more.

Bartow’s Girl’s Inc.’s open house coming
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Next Saturday, Girls, Inc. of Bartow has planned an open house at its Main Street location to let girls of all ages know what sort of programs are available that will help them become “strong, smart and bold.” Girls, Inc. … read more.

New approaches developed promoting OJ, citrus
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
The Florida Department of Citrus is all-too-aware sales of orange juice and other citrus beverages are on the decline and have been the past several years. “Production is the lowest it’s ever been,” said Samantha Lane, Director of Public Relations … read more.

83-year-old freefall
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
There are hardly many 83-year-old women who want to get on a plane, let alone jump out of one. However, one 83-year-old staff member from Vanguard School managed to do both. Lake Wales resident Gale Prettyman decided to check another … read more.

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Cute alert: Florida manatee gives birth to twins
Thu  Apr 28 2016 01:19AM
SARASOTA (AP) — Scientists say a manatee that swims in waters near Sarasota has given birth to rare twins. The Herald-Tribune reports the manatee, Tomo-Bella, who has been observed by marine biologists since 1993, was spotted by an onlooker in … read more.

13-year-old with replica weapon shot by police in East Baltimore
Thu  Apr 28 2016 01:19AM
BALTIMORE — A 13-year-old boy was shot by Baltimore police officers in East Baltimore who said he was carrying a replica weapon, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday evening. Police said two detectives saw the youth with what looked like … read more.

Police shooting of armed musician heads to grand jury
Thu  Apr 28 2016 01:19AM
WEST PALM BEACH — A grand jury will decide whether a former police officer should face charges in the fatal shooting of a legally armed black musician who was waiting on the side of the road for a tow truck, … read more.

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