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Charley roared 10 years ago
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
• Gov. Bush at the helm for Charley, Page 22 It was 10 years ago on Friday, Aug. 13, when Hurricane Charley came ashore, took a right turn into Charlotte … read more.
Not your daddy’s STEM program
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
• Lofty goals for new Florida Polytechnic University, Page 13 It was a chance of a lifetime that Florida Polytechnic University’s new president couldn’t pass up. “To open a new … read more.
Elvis’ final show to benefit area family
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
While the Monk Pelly Elvis Tribute show that takes place Saturday, Aug. 16 at Theatre Winter Haven will be a tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, it will … read more.
Final BGH worker reunion planned
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
For many years now, former employees of Ben Hill Griffin Inc. have been getting together to reminisce, renew friendships and generally enjoy reliving time spent working in the citrus industry. … read more.
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Students may skip a grade more easily
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:00AM
For parents who want their kids to skip a grade in school or take accelerated classes, the Polk County School Board recently made it a little easier when it OK’d a rewrite of the student progression plan. Approved unanimously at … read more.

Shirah, Shoemaker present candidacy to Tiger Bay
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:00AM
Why are Ricky Shirah and Ed Shoemaker running for the District 40 Florida House Seat? Because they care and each of them wants to make a difference, so said each as they answered the first question posed at the Monday, … read more.

Raw meat-based diets
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:00AM
Over the many years I have been associated with feed management of a multitude of species of animals, I have had the most issues with raw diets. Large carnivors (tigers, lions, leopards … etc.) are typically fed a raw meat … read more.

A peach of an idea
Wed  Aug 6 2014 02:52PM
Take a look at the peaches sold in your local market and you may see them marked as “grown in Florida.” It’s not a typo; it’s a new type of peaches. They’ve been around for more than 25 years, and … read more.

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Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel areas
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and displaced another … read more.

Parents keep babies off Facebook
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, “a … read more.

Ferguson struggles for order
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Ferguson’s leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to “allow peace to settle in” and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of … read more.

Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded “Saturday Night Live.” Don Pardo, the eras-spanning radio and TV announcer whose resonant voice-over style was celebrated for … read more.

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