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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl's cake brought in a lot of dough in Florida. Cash, that is — $10,000 to be exact. A fertilizer company paid the sum for Abigail Putnam's cake at the Polk County Youth Fair. Abigail's father, Adam...
Lennar Homes paid about $14 million for more than 260 lots in the Providence development, in partnership with ABD Development. The gated community, which has about 700 homes, was developed in 2005 in Polk County about 25 miles southwest of Orlando....
TALLAHASSEE — Amazon will bring 3,000 jobs to the state in a deal that also means Floridians will have to start paying taxes on purchases from the online retailer. Gov. Rick Scott's office announced Thursday that Florida had landed the deal with...
Below the surface of the vast waters of Lake Apopka is a landscape akin to a desert. Only a hardy smattering of grasses, lily pads and other native plants cling to 1 percent of its lake bottom. As part of the vast, multimillion-dollar plan to restore...
Tags: Lake Apopka, Environmental Issues, Apopka, Agriculture, Wildlife
Florida led the nation in foreclosure activity during May, though in Metropolitan Orlando the number of legal filings was down from both a year ago and a month earlier, a new report shows. One in every 336 Orlando houses got a foreclosure-related...
Imogene Neal Rowley 1915-2013 Imogene Neal Rowley, widow of Joe C. Rowley, died June 10, 2013, at Charleston Health Care Center. Born Nov. 27, 1915, in Lincoln County, Ky., she was a daughter of Ola Williams and Harry Lou Neal of Dade City, Fla....
Tags: Elementary Schools, Schools
KISSIMMEE – The smell of marijuana Friday led to another grow house bust in Poinciana, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. The smell came from 600 Regency Way, where Misael Delgado-Sanchez opened the door after deputies knocked,...
Tags: Rentals, Hialeah, Poinciana, Police Arrests, Osceola County
Republican Adam Putnam was already a political veteran when he was elected Florida's agriculture commissioner in 2010. He had represented a U.S. House district that included his hometown of Bartow in Polk County for a decade, and had served four years...
Wearing pint-sized chef hats and aprons, a gaggle of elementary-schoolers looks up expectantly from picked-clean plates. "Did you guys enjoy?" their instructor asks. "Yes!" comes back a chorus of voices. "Who wants seconds?" Eyes widen and...
Tags: Weight, Salads, Kissimmee, Healthy Diet, Diabetes
Kiera Wilmot was handcuffed at her high school, hustled into the back of a police car and taken to jail for something that should have sent her to a few days of after-school detention. If common sense prevailed over draconian codes of conduct in Florida...
The faces painted high on the walls in Eccleston Elementary's library are like old friends to Betty Chandler, Orange County schools' longest-serving employee. She helped establish the library, then came back to run it for more than 35 years. When...
Tags: Students, Libraries, Anglicanism, Christianity, Arts and Culture
In Deltona, as in most towns, cities and counties across Florida and across the country, City Commission meetings start with God, flag and country. There is prayer — sometimes silent reflection, sometimes words from a commissioner or local...
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