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Lake Wales Commission OKs budget, tax rate

LAKE WALES - City commissioners in Lake Wales took little time Tuesday night before unanimously approving the city's $54.9 million budget for the fiscal year starting Oct.1. Residents had nothing to add during the mandatory public hearing before the vote, nor did they offer any comments on the $7.04

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

DOT seeks public input on Lake Wales interchange

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 - 2017-09-20 00:03:29

Irma smacks Lake Wales' Bok Academy hard

The middle school's administration building uninhabitable, another building has roof damage. LAKE WALES - Parts of Bok Academy's campus may be in disarray as a result of Hurricane Irma, but the school's spirit remains strong. That's what Principal Damien Moses said Saturday. The middle school's admi

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-18 03:52:43

Police make ID in plane crash that took NASCAR racer's life

NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. - Authorities have identified the second person killed in a Connecticut plane crash that claimed the life of NASCAR modified champion racer Ted Christopher. Police said Sunday that 81-year-old Charles Dundas, a resident of New York and Florida, was killed in the Saturday crash

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-18 23:22:27

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

Letter: Seas rising or land falling?

Shifting sands may play an important role in climate and sea-level changes. The earth's magnetic north pole has drastically sped up in recent years to 35 miles per year while the South Pole magnetic movement is three miles per year. This phenomenon may cause climate and sea level changes. Also, sea

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 05:01:00

Geico to hire hundreds, build $12 million facility

Geico plans to add between 300 and 500 new jobs and build a new $12 million, 50,000-square-foot facility near its current site in Southwest Lakeland. LAKELAND - Geico plans to add between 300 and 500 new jobs and build a new $12 million, 50,000-square-foot facility near its current site in Southwest

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 01:39:02

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

Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) " Puerto Rico faced Wednesday what officials said could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities. Maria barreled toward

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 17:30:00

Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 225

Rescuers said Wednesday they have found a surviving child in the ruins of a school that collapsed in Mexico's magnitude 7.1 earthquake, one of many efforts across the city to save people trapped in under schools, homes and businesses toppled by a quake that killed at least 225 people. MEXICO CITY -

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 16:30:00

APNewsBreak: US to give $32M for Myanmar's Rohingya refugees

NEW YORK (AP) " The United States will contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said Wednesday, in the Trump administration's first major response to the mass exodus from Myanmar. The new money for food, medical care, water, sanitation

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 15:30:00

Elder: Moving the goal post on racism

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appeared on a BBC news show. The host asked King about Attorney General Robert Kennedy's prediction, an audacious one at the time, that a black man could be elected president in 40 years. King thought it would not take that long: "There are certain problems and p

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 05:01:00

Another Viewpoint: A calmer way to resolve the family feud

There's a dramatic trope pitting two fighters against each other, both holding long knives, lashed together by their wrists. Many divorcing couples know how it feels to stand in that dusty arena - too often, with the horrible twist that their children are in range of the slashing blades. That's wha

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 05:01:00

149 killed as 7.1 magnitude quake fells buildings in Mexico

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 119 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. By Mark Stevenson, Christopher Sherman and Peter Orsi, The Associated Press MEX

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 01:16:00

Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map

For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, the minority ethnic group is being wiped off the map. After a series of attacks by Muslim militants last month, security forces and allied mobs retaliated by burning down thousands of Rohingya

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 01:05:53

Global differences abound as leaders address UN

This year's U.N. gathering of world leaders put an immediate spotlight Tuesday on deep differences on tackling crises from North Korea to global warming: France's president urged world leaders to work together, while America's emphasized nations' own sovereignty. By Edith M. Lederer and Jennifer Pel

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 01:03:13

Officer who shot Ga Tech student had been on job 16 months

The officer who fatally shot a Georgia Tech student had been with the campus police department for about 16 months, according to state records. Officer Tyler Beck shot and killed Scout Schultz, 21, Saturday night after the fourth-year student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated su

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 01:00:19

Polk County to dip into reserves for Irma

County Manager Jim Freeman will ask commissioners to dip into reserves to pay for Hurricane Irma damages in the coming weeks. John Chambliss @ledgercity BARTOW - County Manager Jim Freeman will ask commissioners to dip into reserves to pay for Hurricane Irma damages in the coming weeks. "We'll lik

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 00:31:21

Powerful earthquake hits central Mexico, collapses buildings

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing some buildings, cracking the facades of others and scattering rubble on streets less than two weeks after another tremor killed at least 90 in the country's south. Mark Stevenson, Christopher Sherman And Peter Orsi, The Associat

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-19 20:55:04

Commission rejects taxing district for Clubhouse Road street lights

BARTOW - County commissioners unanimously rejected a plan Tuesday to create a special taxing district to fund the installation of 65 new lights on Clubhouse Road. The vote came after a dozen residents in the area questioned the tax that would have required about 2,000 residents to pay $17 a year for

THE LEDGER - 2017-09-20 00:30:07