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Oil spill settlement coming soon
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board learned this week that the $1.5 million in BP oil spill reparations will be heading into their coffers earlier than expected, but they haven’t decided … read more.
Consultant: Rezoning will ease overcrowding
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board Tuesday decided to consider a contract with an Ohio consulting firm to lay the ground work for a countywide rezoning of school attendance areas which … read more.
How to do business with with school system
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board wants to work with local businesses; actually, it’s more than a “want.” “Their desire is to do more business with local businesses,” said Sylvia Blackman-Roberts, … read more.
State money to allow improvements to community center, city hall
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Both the Fort Meade community center and city hall could experience renovations in the near future now that the city has approved two applications for state funding and the study … read more.
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Community Calendar
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
Monday, Aug. 3 City Council meeting, 4:30 p.m. for work session, 5:30 p.m. for meeting. Bartow City Hall, 450 N. Wilson Ave., Bartow. Tuesday, Aug. 4 Chair Yoga, 9:30 a.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow. 863-534-0131. Lunch … read more.

‘Bring the World Home’ through student exchange
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
Have you ever wondered how to bring a bit of the world home? iE-USA can help do that. International Experience USA is a non-profit high school student exchange organization approved by the U.S. Department of State and can place international … read more.

Roundtable: Service has to be paid for
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Fire assessment fees have been hot buttons for municipal governments across Polk County as elected officials wrestle with budgets and look for ways to economize without cutting services. Lakeland recently killed a fire assessment fee while Lake Wales has wrestled … 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. The awards were announced Friday, July 24 at the annual … read more.

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State, National and World News
Russian police detain several gay activists
Sun  Aug 2 2015 02:03PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Police in St. Petersburg on Sunday detained several gay activists who have held pickets in defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday. Yuri Gavrikov, the leader of a gay rights group, was detained … read more.

Nigeria: Review of soldiers condemned in Boko Haram war
Sun  Aug 2 2015 02:03PM
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s army is ordering a review of the cases of more than 600 soldiers and officers, including dozens condemned to death for allegedly deserting the battle against Islamic extremists. The review comes three months after the … read more.

84-year-old Spanish yachtsman rescued from sea after 4 hours
Sun  Aug 2 2015 02:03PM
MADRID (AP) — Event organizers say an 84-year-old yacht owner who fell into the Mediterranean Sea was rescued four hours later and is still keen to compete in a race. Jacinto Rodriguez, skipper of “Duende 52,” fell overboard early Sunday … read more.

Canada PM triggers election with vote in October
Sun  Aug 2 2015 02:03PM
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggered an election campaign Sunday and set the vote for Oct. 19, when Harper and his Conservative party hope to earn a fourth term after almost a decade in power. Analysts say … read more.

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