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Tampa Bay Times buys the Tampa Tribune
Tue  May 3 2016 04:35PM
ST. PETERSBURG — Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry. Times chairman and CEO … read more.
Charter system adopts investment policy
Tue  May 3 2016 12:46PM
LAKE WALES — The Lake Wales Charter Schools Board of Trustees approved an investment policy during its meeting last week. Chief Financial Officer Brian Fisher said an advisory committee was … read more.
Citrus group still figuring out spending options
Tue  May 3 2016 12:38PM
BARTOW — The Florida Citrus Commission will likely have more money to spend in the coming growing season than they thought just a few months ago, but figuring out exactly … read more.
New deal, new day at Lake Wales Airport
Tue  May 3 2016 12:32PM
LAKE WALES — For the first time in more than two decades, the operation of the Lake Wales Municipal Airport isn’t in the hands of Betty Hill. The city and … read more.
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City hopes well proves to be good investment
Tue  May 3 2016 12:28PM
LAKE WALES — Officials are hopeful that a deep well drilled on city property will enable Lake Wales to have a plentiful and cost-effective water source decades from now. City Commissioners gave the go-ahead last week to the Southwest Florida … read more.

Mullenax legacy: Listening and budget
Tue  May 3 2016 01:04PM
BARTOW — After serving two terms on the Polk County School Board and 46 years in the school district, Dick Mullenax decided he will not run for re-election. He cited health reasons he is not seeking re-election to his District … read more.

Request leads to sidewalk improvements for shoppers
Tue  May 3 2016 12:28PM
LAKE WALES — A citizen’s request to improve sidewalk accessibility for disabled persons needing to reach shopping destinations is leading to some action. City Commissioners were expected to consider a measure during its regularly scheduled meeting last night to spend … read more.

A career comes to a happy end
Tue  May 3 2016 12:36PM
BARTOW — “Take off your shirt,” someone shouted at Pablo Martinez on Friday, April 29. But no, it wasn’t at a club and no, Martinez is not a Chippendale dancer, although according to several, the ladies love him. No, this … read more.

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Orlando cops on leave during investigations
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man carrying an imitation firearm have been placed on customary administrative leave during an investigation, authorities said Monday. Officers repeatedly told Charlin Charles to put down the gun, but … read more.

Officials: FBI thwarts plot against Florida Jewish center
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI — The FBI has thwarted a plot to detonate an explosive device at a South Florida Jewish center and arrested one man on federal charges, authorities said Monday. The suspect is identified in court records as James Medina, 40, … read more.

The might of Mickey: Orlando still top US destination
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — It’s a crowded world after all — at least in Orlando’s hotels and theme parks. Tourism officials announced Monday that the number of visitors coming to Orlando last year jumped 5.5 percent to more than 66 million visitors. … read more.

Derailment affects commuter train service into Washington
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A total of 16 cars were involved in a freight train derailment in the nation’s capital over the weekend, CSX said Monday, not the 15 previously reported. CSX updated the number following an assessment of the site. Florida-based … read more.

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