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Grace period allowed for golf cart ordinance
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Fort Meade residents living within the northeast part of town will be able to start registering and driving their golf carts, and soon, the whole town will be able to … read more.
Retired judge held in high regard by peers
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
A pall was cast over the 10th Judicial Circuit Court when word spread that retired Judge William Arthur Norris Jr., had passed away on April 15 following a long battle … 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 … 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 … read more.
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Highland Homes has grand opening this weekend
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
Explore this gated community of new homes in Bartow, Florida on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. Highland Homes has planned a grand opening for the gated estate in Bartow on Saturday and Sunday. It is set from 10 a.m. to 5 … read more.

McManus: ‘Outsiders’ prosper due to economy
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
One of the more — if perhaps, most — popular guest speakers invited to the Tiger Bay Club of Polk County is Susan McManus, who has been the invited speaker the past several years. McManus is a Distinguished University Professor, … read more.

Hundreds preserve, show history at Good Ol’ Days
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
At the annual Good Ol’ Days festival in Homeland Saturday, history was brought to life and it also offered a kids zone, live pioneer reenactments, pioneer games, live music, and a Victorian Tea experience. “Good Ol’ Days has been planned … 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.

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Elephants to perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus
Sun  May 1 2016 08:22PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began … read more.

Puerto Rico governor warns of new default as crisis worsens
Sun  May 1 2016 08:20PM
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor says the island’s government will not pay most of $470 million in debt payments due by Monday. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says negotiators for the U.S. territory’s government have failed to … read more.

After half-century, US cruise leaves Miami for Cuba
Mon  May 2 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — After a half-century of waiting, passengers finally set sail on Sunday from Miami on a historic cruise to Cuba. Carnival Corp.’s 704-passenger Adonia left port at about 4:24 p.m., bound for Havana. Carnival’s Cuba cruises, operating under its … read more.

LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting Mississippi law
Sun  May 1 2016 08:18PM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday, saying they’re not giving up their fight against a state law they call discriminatory. The law, which takes effect July 1, is to allow religious … read more.

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