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Adult Day Care Center to go up for sale
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
In the hope of trying to get some money out of it, Polk County has decided to sell the Adult Day Care Center in Lake Wales. It will be using … read more.
Writing tests thwarted by computer glitches
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
Last week wasn’t a bed of roses for many Polk County students faced with state mandated computer based tests who had to deal with myriad computer glitches before they could … read more.
Youth Villa open house to draw hundreds
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
Next Saturday, March 14, hundreds of visitors will head to the Sheriff’s Youth Villa on State Road 60, east of Bartow, for the residential site’s annual open house. Founded in … read more.
If Florida citrus needs a hero, it needs one right now
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
A month after posting the best results in seven months, U.S. orange juice sales posted its biggest decline in nearly three years. The disappointing sales results came just before the … read more.
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Committee to bring some sunshine to homeless students
Mon  Mar 30 2015 06:09PM
This spring there will be 132 Polk County high school graduates who are homeless. When they leave school, these 89 girls and 49 boys will be on their own living, with friends, staying with relatives or living a homeless existence … read more.

Clerk’s office earns first accreditation
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:30AM
Polk County Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield reports the Clerk’s Department of Inspector General earned its first accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The CFA approved the accreditation in its most recent in Daytona Beach last month. … read more.

Memorial Art exhibition is open
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
The work of one of Polk State College’s longest serving professors will be on display through late April. Gary Baker taught art at the College for 37 years before retiring in December 2013. Just weeks after he retired, he passed … read more.

Microchipping your pet
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
Writing this article on microchipping was prompted by a recent success story. It is not uncommon for people to find a lost pet and take them to a clinic in an attempt to reunite the pet with its owner. The … read more.

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State, National and World News
New rules on abortion could pass in Florida
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is considering several new measures to restrict abortions, including one with a strong chance of passage that calls for a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can undergo the procedure. That measure, House Bill 0633, … read more.

8 die when van plunges into Fla. canal
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
FORT PIERCE — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service. … read more.

Music festivals tell fans to leave selfie sticks at home
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can take your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The sticks are banned this year at the events in Indio, Calif., … read more.

Rhino rampages in Nepal city, killing 1, injuring several
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A wild rhino charged into a city in southern Nepal on Monday, killing a woman, injuring several others and chasing panicked people through the main market and a hospital, an official said. Attempts to force the … read more.

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