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Cheers, jeers greet pot debators
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
Orlando lawyer John “For the People” Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd squared off Thursday in an Amendment 2 forum that drew both jeers and cheers from the standing … read more.
State disbars Ullman, sex offender
Thu  Aug 28 2014 05:03PM
David C. Ullman, 55, of 1316 S. Highland Park Drive, Lake Wales, has been disbarred effective immediately, the Florida Bar reported Thursday, Aug. 28. Ullman was sentenced on a felony … read more.
Sellers keeps seat on School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:05AM
With most of Polk County’s election results in hand, it appeared late Tuesday that veteran Polk School Board Member Hazel Sellers would retain her District 3 seat on the School … read more.
Incumbent Harris wins District 7 school board seat
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Incumbent Tim Harris of Lakeland, Polk County School board member running for the District 7 school board seat, won his third term with 53.75 percent of the vote in 162 … read more.
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Marijuana plant comes to Lake Wales
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:05AM
The Lake Wales Bethel Baptist Church congregation voted unanimously Sunday to lease 3.2 acres to GrowHealthy LLC Holdings of medical marijuana production. The medical variety is what is called Charlotte’s Web that is marijuana without THC. The church property abuts … read more.

Third time is a charm for Wilson
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Lynn Wilson beat incumbent Debra Wright in a close race for the four-year Polk County School Board District 6. Serving southeast Polk County including Lake Wales, Frostproof and Eagle Lake, the seat pays an annual salary of $40,135. Celebrating with … read more.

Man charged in 27-year-old murder
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
A 64-year-old Sandusky, Ohio, man was arrested Thursday by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for first-degree murder in a 27-year-old case. Carl Junior McCauley was booked into the Erie County Jail and will be extradited to Polk County to face … read more.

16 percent of voters turnout for primary
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
Though most voters in Polk County sent in early ballots the results show after Tuesday’s election, only 16 percent of the voters cast ballots in the primary election here. In all, 56,952 voted of the 354,241 eligible to vote. That … read more.

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State, National and World News
Nasty, brutish and artsy? Neanderthal hashtag engraving found
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:21PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing … read more.

NATO to create new ‘spearhead’ force to respond to crises
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:21PM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) — NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a “spearhead” rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, … read more.

Syrian army, rebels fight on Golan where peacekeepers held
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:20PM
EIN ZIVAN, Golan Heights/MANILA (Reuters) — Heavy fighting erupted on Monday between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants and scores of their fellow blue helmets from … read more.

Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:20PM
LONDON (Reuters) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of their passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalized Britons returning from Syria and Iraq. The proposals come days after Cameron raised … read more.

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