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Operation Blue Roof in Polk today

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in Bartow today to provide no-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in Bartow today to provide no-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma. Representatives from the Corps will be

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 14:04:50

Bartow budget approved, draws no public comment

BARTOW - With little fanfare and even less public comment, Bartow city commissioners unanimously approved the city's budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year Tuesday night. With no comments from the public, the $58.3 million spending plan sailed through without a hitch. The budget will take effect Oct. 1,

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 05:06:45

Man dies after being struck by train in Lakeland

LAKELAND -A Lakeland man was killed Tuesday after being hit by a train off Kathleen Road. The Lakeland Police Department reported Terrance G. Hall, 54, was struck just before 7 p.m. by a train on the CSX railroad tracks in the 800 block of Kathleen Road. LPD Sgt. Gary Gross said the train was going

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 16:35:58

VIDEO: Out-of-town linemen leave Lakeland with police escort following Hurricane Irma

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) - Dozens of linemen trucks left Lakeland on Wednesday morning with a police escort. Fifty trucks with about 138 linemen were released to go home, and were escorted by police officers past Lakeland City Hall and the Lakeland Police Department to I-4. In a Facebook post, Lakeland

WFLA.COM - 2017-09-20 14:25:24

Man, 54, killed by train in Lakeland

A Lakeland man was killed after being run over by a train Tuesday evening, according to the Lakeland Police Department. Terrence Hall, 54, was lying in the middle of the tracks in the 800 block of Kathleen Road shortly before 7 p.m. Workers on a northbound CSX train saw Hall, but were unable to stop

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2017-09-20 19:35:00

Freshwater fishing: Bass bite picking up as area recovers from Irma

Fishing is slowly recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma. However, small schooling bass in the 2- to 4-pound range are producing a good bite in water with good current from all the runoff. By Michael Wilson Ledger correspondent 1. Around Lakeland, Tenoroc remains closed. The catfish bite has

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 22:53:53

Picking up debris no small task

LAKELAND - Here are a couple of certainties about Hurricane Irma debris cleanup: It's going to be really expensive, and it will take at least a month to pick up all the limbs and fallen trees on the side of the road. As a debris hauler hired by Polk County made its way into Bartow on Wednesday, Ana

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 04:14:46

Florida's citrus industry looks for federal aid after Hurricane Irma

TALLAHASSEE - A long wait may be ahead for broad federal relief for Florida's beleaguered citrus industry, "decimated" last week by a lethal hurricane that crossed the peninsula at the start of the growing season, state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday. Putnam, a Bartow Republican

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2017-09-20 21:45:00

Power restored? It's all in the definition

LAKELAND - Electric utilities say they have fully restored power after Hurricane Irma. Try telling that to Ed Rezek, a resident of the Grenelefe community in Haines City who was still without power Wednesday. "It's getting downright frustrating," Rezek said. "We called the Duke Energy line and we we

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 04:18:41

Getting artsy in Polk County

LAKELAND - Although the cool Florida fall and winter of 2017-18 are rolling in, the start of the new arts and entertainment season is just warming up with new programs, concerts and events. Staffs, artists and administrative personnel are gearing up for an active year with new activities and program

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 20:52:20

Posto 9 seeks bankruptcy protection

TAMPA - Less than a year after opening their restaurant in downtown Lakeland, the owners of Posto 9 have filed for bankruptcy. The filing affords Posto 9 Lakeland LLC and Posto 9 Properties LLC protection from creditors while the owners reorganize their business affairs. Marco Franca, an owner in th

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 04:10:44

Iranian president: Trump comments at UN 'ignorant, absurd'

Iran's president warned the United States on Thursday that his country will "respond decisively" to any violation of the agreement that reins in Tehran's nuclear program and called U.S. President Donald Trump's "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric" about Iran unfit to be heard at the United Nation

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 18:30:00

Mulberry gives tentative approval to budget

MULBERRY - Mulberry's proposed $11 million budget for 2017-18 eased closer to passage Tuesday night as commissioners unanimously agreed to send it to a final vote. That vote will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall. The city's budget and property-tax rate must be in place by Oct. 1, when the

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 03:56:18

Winners Fitness makes a difference

Mr. William Bullock has been working with Dave Rubin for over four years. Mr. Bullock had suffered a back injury in the late 90's and over the years did not know how to manage his health. Mr. Bullock had developed arthritis in the hips and had gone from his normal weight of 180 to 230+ lbs. Mr Bull

PATCH - 2017-09-21 14:24:48

Girl, 4, shoots herself while reaching for candy

TAMPA - One day last week, 4-year-old Yanelly Zoller reached into her grandmother's purse looking for candy, her father says. Instead, she found a gun. She accidently pulled the trigger and was shot in the chest. Shane Zoller, 22, is the father of three children: one living, another on the way and

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 17:45:09

Fed agency urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function as they should and for protecting investors was hacked last year and the intruders may have used the nonpublic information they obtained to profit illegally. The federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function as they sh

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 17:30:00

Polk School District cancels early release days to make up days missed due to Irma

BARTOW - The Polk County School District has a plan to make up school days lost to Hurricane Irma without impacting holidays. Polk students returned to class Tuesday after missing seven days overall. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced Monday that the state is waiving two days from

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 17:17:31

Trump touts partnership, combat efforts in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump is praising the combat efforts to drive the Taliban and terror groups out of Afghanistan. NEW YORK - President Donald Trump is praising the combat efforts to drive the Taliban and terror groups out of Afghanistan. Trump met with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on the sideli

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 16:34:11

A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria ravages island, triggers landslides & floods

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims Thursday after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods. The extent of the damage is unknown given that dozens of municipalities remained isolated and

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 16:26:17

Bealls starts Red Cross donation program

WINTER HAVEN - Bradenton-based Bealls Inc. has kicked off a campaign to allow its more than 10,000 employees and shoppers to donate to the American Red Cross effort in support of relief efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Bealls Inc. will match the contributions up to $50,000, according to a com

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-21 17:36:52