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Winter Haven native Chris Blue has won Season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice”

Winter Haven's Chris Blue wins The Voice

Winter Haven native Chris Blue has won Season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice”   Blue faced off against contestants Lauren Duski, Aliyah Moulden, and Jesse Larson in Tuesday nights’ grand finale. The Team Alicia Keys star performed an energetic cover of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” and wow’d the crowd through his stellar vocals and exemplary dance skills.   “Chris Blue has been magic since the beginning! I’m so grateful to have witnesses his unbelievable artistry week after week,” Keys posted on Instagram. Later she announced that she would be leaving the show after this season; most likely to tour.   To get to the final, Chris survived 26 competitive episodes, facing the top 24 contestants; all who had surpassed thousands of people that had auditioned for the show. The four final contestants competed against each other in the finale, where the outcome is decided solely by a public vote.   With the win, Chris has received the grand ...

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Spectrum / Brighthouse Customers Beware: Random Fee Inserted on Bill via Computer Glitch

Brighthouse / Spectrum Customers Beware: Random Fee Inserted on Bill via Computer Glitch

If you had Brighthouse (internet and/or cable), and you stayed with them through the switch to Spectrum, check your bills to see if you were charged a one-time connection fee of $9.99.   Here is an encounter one of our friends had with Brighthouse (now Spectrum) today when she noticed an increase on her monthly bill: “….When I called to question this, they said it was for when the technician came out. When I explained I was already with them and that no technician ever came out, he then backpedaled and said that they were charging everyone that fee since the companies switched. At that point, of course I got an attitude and told him I wasn’t going to pay some made up fee to try to make up for all the customers that were canceling, and that it sounded like stealing to me. He told me that under no ...

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Hostage Situation at McDonalds in Lakeland Ends; Suspect in Custody

Hostage Situation at County Line Rd McDonalds in Lakeland - carjacking

BREAKING: Hostage Situation at McDonalds in Lakeland Ends; Suspect in Custody LAKELAND: Three males suspects were arrested following a standoff at the South Frontage Road / County Line Rd McDonald’s in Lakeland, Florida. The incident began in Brandon at about 7:30 a.m after deputies spotted the stolen car at 1608 Ladora Drive in Brandon, Hillsborough just before 7:30 a.m.  A pursuit followed and ended in Lakeland, with the suspects crashing at the South Frontage Road / Countyline McDonald’s. After crashing the vehicle, the suspects tried to carjack someone at the drive-thru window. A McDonald’s employee tried to close the window but the suspects jumped inside. Multiple law enforcement agencies and SWAT teams rushed to the scene. Both of the on and off-ramps from I-4 at County Line Road were shut down for over 3 hours. Once on the scene, deputies said one of three suspects surrendered himself, leaving two others inside. McDonald’s employees were held hostage inside ...

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ITT Tech to Close ALL Campuses, Affecting Hundreds of Thousands of Students

ITT Tech to Close All Campuses

LAKELAND (863area.com) – ITT Technical Institute is closing ALL of its campuses nationwide, including numerous campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Lake Mary, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach. According to Bloomberg, ITT Educational Services Inc. is closing more than 130 of their technical school campuses, which will leave as many as 40,000 students stranded. Current students will be able to cancel any federal student debt they incurred for their education if they decide against transferring their credits elsewhere. In a statement released Tuesday, ITT Educational Services. Inc. accused the Department of Education for the downfall of their ITT Technical Institutes. According to the statement, the federal government demanded the company produce an additional $153 million in collateral to cover possible losses. Unable to do so, the company closed all operations and terminated the majority of its more than 8,000 employees. “It is with profound regret that we must report that ITT Educational Services, Inc. will discontinue academic operations at ...

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Daughter of Publix founder gives $800K TO FIGHT Florida medical-marijuana amendment

Jenkins gives 800k against medical marijuana

Daughter of Publix founder gives $800K TO FIGHT Florida medical marijuana amendment Well folks, she’s back at it again. Carol Jenkins, daughter of Publix Super Markets founder George Jenkins and founder of the Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust, JUST CONTRIBUTED another $800,000 (yes $800 THOUSAND DOLLARS) towards the fight AGAINST the medical marijuana amendment. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty positive there are plenty of other places and things throughout our great State that could really use even a portion of that money. Earlier in 2014, her trust also contributed $540,000 to the Drug Free Florida Committee.  A contribution that actually helped them lead a successful effort that year to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment. Because of that, medical marijuana remained illegal in Florida. Now, we LOVE Publix….But Carol Jenkins needs to do some actual research and stop trying to fight against something that can help so many. Especially when she is a face ...

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Sun. July 3rd – Red, White, & Kaboom Fireworks Extravaganza 2016

Red White & Kaboom 2016 Fireworks Extravaganza

Sunday July 3rd, 2016 at 6 PM – 9 PM Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror 501 E Main St, Lakeland, Florida 33801 Show Map T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Fireworks Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Sunday, July 3rd from 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m. after Clemons Road and opening act FOUNT entertain the crowd. This is a FREE event but we are asking that everyone who is attending to please bring at least one non-perishable food item. Chow for Now will be collecting canned food items that will be donated to VISTE. Red, White & Kaboom festivities will start with a live concert featuring opening act FOUNT who will get the crowd started with their own brand of Americana. FOUNT will take the stage at 5 p.m. The eight-piece ...

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