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County working to fill VCB, economic development director jobs

Citrus County is seeking to fill two important posts: director of the Visitors- Convention Bureau and economic development. To date, 29 have applied for the VCB job and 32 for the latter. The county is not accepting any further applications for VCB director at this time. Instead, interviews are bein

RIVERLAND NEWS - 2017-09-23 21:59:00

Free Life Chapel receives post-hurricane supplies to distribute in area

LAKELAND - On his 50th birthday, Pastor Scott Thomas of Free Life Chapel spent Saturday morning toiling to present gifts to others. Thomas oversaw delivery of two truckloads of food, water and other supplies at the North Lakeland church. The items, delivered by Convoy of Hope, a nonprofit humanitari

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-24 02:04:14

Editorial: Gigs and garlands

We noted in this space last week that we would offer some of the brightest and shadiest moments from Hurricane Irma in this week's "Gigs and garlands." We regret that the list cannot be all-encompassing. We're sure our readers have countless individual tales of kindness or callousness. Nonetheless h

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 05:01:00

Patterson: Finding help after the storm

We survived Hurricane Irma. Let's all pause for a gratitude-filled moment. We've witnessed generosity from neighbors and strangers, businesses and organizations as we all work to restore and rebuild. I'm amazed many of us (businesses and individuals) have been able to resume something resembling nor

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-24 06:00:00

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. with an open house, followed by a presentation at 6 p.m. It will take place at High Point Church, 501 Burns Ave., Lake Wales.

LAKE WALES - The state Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Tuesday to discuss preliminary plans for redesigning the intersection of State Road 60 and U.S. 27 in Lake Wales. Project team members will be available to speak one-on-one with the public about proposed changes to the i

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 01:36:16

Lake Wales man gets 20 years for sexually assaulting teen

BARTOW - A Lake Wales man who admitted to authorities that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 2015 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime. Steve Allen Harris, 38, pleaded no contest this month to two counts of sexual battery on a child 12 to 18, one count of incest and one count

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-24 02:05:24

Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new restrictions expected

President Donald Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expires Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect. The Department of Homeland Security has recommended the president sign off on new, more targeted

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2017-09-24 12:54:00

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. States that told The Associated Press they had been targeted include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Washington and

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2017-09-22 21:20:00

BARTOW - County commissioners are expected to pass a $1.3 billion budget Monday.

A hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the county administration building in Bartow. The tax rate for residents within cities is expected to remain steady at $6.78 per $1,000 of taxable value. That means someone with a home with a taxable value of $150,000 and $50,000 in homestead exemptions would pa

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 01:38:28

Irma destroys Bartow fishing business

BARTOW - Dale Bailey, owner of DB's Bait & Tackle, has seen his home and business destroyed by Hurricane Irma, the second time that's happened in 13 years. "I can handle it mentally better this time. It's not as stressful this time," Bailey said 11 days after the storm gutted DB's at 640 S. Orange A

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-23 02:29:54

Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez, Puerto Rico's nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress, said Sunday that Hurricane Maria's destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage. By Danica Coto, The Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 03:01:13

Falling Stars: Reporter reels after wife's skydiving death

Second of two parts After Rickie Wasik's fall into a field beside Green Air Park, officers from the Brevard County Sheriff's Department soon arrived and began investigating. Not long after that, reporters started to show up as well. A front-page report the next day in Cocoa's Today newspaper include

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 03:00:41

Opposition from GOP senators grows, jeopardizes health bill

Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the last-ditch effort to scrap the Obama health care law and Sen. Ted Cruz said that "right now" he doesn't back it. By Alan Fram, The Associated Press

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 02:52:48

Man goes from alligator wrestler to reptile scientist

ORLANDO - Nick Clark was 33 and coming off a $72,000-a-year salary when he made a radical career change - wrestling alligators at Gatorland for $6 an hour. He said his previous employer had fired him when, "burnt out," he refused to sell an A/C unit to a couple who didn't need it. To Clark, grapplin

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 01:44:16

Irma power outages spark review of electric grid

SARASOTA - Most of Florida was spared serious damage from Hurricane Irma, but the massive power outage caused by the storm was a major inconvenience that proved life-threatening for some, and elected leaders already are talking about how to limit the severity and duration of similar events in the fu

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 01:43:14

1st cruise ship since Irma docks in Key West

KEY WEST - Royal Caribbean International's Empress of the Seas docked in Key West on Sunday - the first cruise ship to visit since Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys earlier this month. Officials said resuming cruise ship port calls is significant for the region's economy, and vital for resident

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 01:42:27

The companies will focus on the following areas where the most complaints were registered:

BARTOW - Uncollected trash is no longer just a matter of contract compliance but of public health, Polk County officials announced Sunday following thousands of residents' complaints. The county's two next contracted trash collectors, FCC Environmental and Advanced Disposal, "will be functioning in

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 02:05:08

On the agenda for meetings in Polk County this week

MONDAY FROSTPROOF CITY COUNCIL TIME: 6 p.m. LOCATION: City Hall, 111 W. First St. AGENDA: Regular meeting. WINTER HAVEN CITY COMMISSION TIME: 7 p.m. LOCATION: City Hall, 451 Third St., NW. AGENDA: Regular meeting. TUESDAY FROSTPROOF CITY COUNCIL TIME: 5:05 p.m. LOCATION: City Hall, 111 W

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 01:58:37

Political news and events in Polk County

Lakeland woman receives Republican award Florida Republican leader Dena Stebbins DeCamp was awarded the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award during the National Federation of Republican Women 39th Biennial Convention held Sept. 14-17 in Philadelphia. A resident of Lakeland and president of the Florida F

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 01:51:25

Southwest Middle School to celebrate deaf awareness

LAKELAND - Southwest Middle School invites the community to its campus Monday and Tuesday to take part in activities designed to introduce students to the world of the deaf and hearing-impaired. Special activities are planned each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southwest campus at 2815 Eden Parkw

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-25 01:37:19