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Water School, part two
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:28AM
(Editor’s Note: This is part two of a multi-part series on Water School, a two-day class offered to elected and other area leaders who want to understand more about water … read more.
School board may overrule Byrd on guns
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:28AM
LAKELAND – The recently enacted Florida gun law, in part, allows local school boards to decide whether to allow school staff to volunteer and possibly be considered as a candidate … read more.
Wild game dinner draws many
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:28AM
Chain of Lakes Fieldhouse project unfolds
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:26AM
Plans continue to unfold for the first phase of the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Field House, the funding of which was approved by the city commission through a $25 … read more.
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Winter Haven residents join CRA committees
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – The Winter Haven Community Redevelopment Agency Board selected five new city residents to serve on CRA advisory committees March 12. Recently Polk County Commissioner Dick Lindley, and in May, former Winter Haven city commission candidate Debra Ogzewalla … read more.

Bartow starts solar era
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:26AM
BARTOW – Mayor James F. Clements gave his city manager all the credit. “George (Long) hit a home run on this,” the mayor said. “It was him thinking outside of the box that made this all happen.” Last week, Bartow … read more.

Keiser makes it possible to work and go to school
Wed  Mar 21 2018 09:26AM
Small classes help make Keiser University an attractive choice for busy people who work and wish to finish their education. According to campus president, Rebecca McDonnell, “Keiser University Lakeland offers graduate, Bachelors’ and Associate degrees in a variety of fields, … read more.

Lake Wales teen murdered with bat
Tue  Mar 20 2018 04:14PM
LAKE WALES – A 16-year-old was arrested March 19 for allegedly beating a 15-year-old acquaintance to death by striking him nine times in the face with an aluminum T-ball bat over a girl they both liked. “When I saw the … read more.

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Another blast rocks Austin, but unrelated to other bombings
Wed  Mar 21 2018 01:19AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Emergency teams rushed Tuesday night to another reported explosion in Austin — this one at a Goodwill store — but police and federal authorities said the blast wasn’t related to recent bombings that have killed and injured … read more.

Northeast braces for wintry wallop on 1st day of spring
Wed  Mar 21 2018 01:19AM
PHILADELPHIA — Spring? What’s that? Yet another powerful storm bore down on the Northeast on Tuesday, with wind-whipped snow falling in parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as people grumbled and complained about a first day of spring that looked … read more.

Zuckerberg asked to testify; data firm’s CEO suspended
Wed  Mar 21 2018 01:19AM
LONDON — The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections. Cambridge’s … read more.

Trump tariffs set off industry scramble for exemptions
Wed  Mar 21 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held up a can of Campbell’s soup in a CNBC interview to make the case that the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs were “no big deal,” the canning industry begged to disagree … read more.

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