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Union reunion awards 12 scholarships
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
“It is good to be home,” said Marjorie Harris Young, who graduated from Union Academy in 1965. It was the start of the annual Union Academy reunion and the occasion … read more.
‘Outdoor storage’ a point of concern
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
The issue of outdoor storage was introduced by Assistant City Attorney Drew Crawford at the Monday, July 20, work session, who opened with an ominous statement. “It’s a bigger topic than … read more.
Heartland papers wins 16 state press awards
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Of the 16 awards the Sun’s Polk County newspapers were given from the Florida Press Association, 10 were for first place, three were second place and three were third place. … read more.
Engage wants you to Stuff the Bus
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Time is running out to take advantage of an area community club’s biggest fundraiser time. But even after that, the Polk County Schools Hearth Project will continue to take clothes … read more.
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MS: A case of mistaken identity
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Multiple Sclerosis. Briefly, it is a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). One of those who has been dealing with MS is Kiwanis member Mary Beth Packard, who … read more.

Judd to appear at Fort Meade Chamber luncheon
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
The Monthly Chamber Luncheon returns on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and the guest is already lined up for it: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. The luncheon is scheduled at 11:45 a.m., at the Fort Meade City Mobile Park Center. Those planning to attend … read more.

Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Wednesday, July 29 Work for the Polk County School Board, 10 a.m.-noon. For small and minority businesses who want to obtain work from the Polk County School Board. Learn about the PCSB Business Development Initiative in which small and minority … read more.

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Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:19AM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday. Some captives told The Associated Press … read more.

Confederate flags found at MLK’s church
Thu  Jul 30 2015 09:54PM
(CNN) — Confederate battle flags were found Thursday morning on the grounds of Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center in Atlanta, police and church officials said. Ebenezer Baptist Church is best known as the church where the Rev. Dr. … read more.

Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:19AM
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled. Philae, which is part of the European … read more.

Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:19AM
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year of a solar-powered drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737, the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet service to remote parts of … read more.

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