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How to ‘weather’ the storm
Sat  Aug 29 2015 11:26AM
Although the possibility exists Tropical Storm Erika may be upgraded to hurricane status, and at press time its direction had turned westward the likelihood it will hit Florida is uncertain, … read more.
Here she is … for the foreseeable future
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Mark Jackson came straight to the point as to why a press conference was called at the Lakeland Center YouKey Theater. Jackson is the director of the Polk County’s Tourism … read more.
Clerk, manager differ over resignation request
Thu  Aug 27 2015 09:34PM
An “irate” city manager asked City Clerk Clara VanBlargan to resign last week, but she refused, according to her attorney Phillip Sigman. Not true, says City Manager Ken Fields. While … read more.
First day for new assistant principal too
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
When Tina Chapman first moved to Polk County nearly a decade ago, she was searching for a hometown with a strong sense of community whose children had an invested love … read more.
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Church looking forward to baseball ‘free agency’
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
In a few weeks, John Church and his wife will pack up their 11-month-old twins and start the long drive across country to go home for the winter. No, the Church family is not a group of snowbirds. He is … read more.

Tickets on sale for FCA banquet
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Former Florida State University head football coach is the guest speaker at this year’s Florida Christian Athlete’s banquet. Tickets for the event are currently on sale. The banquet is scheduled at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Lakeland Center exhibit … read more.

Drop out rate falls to lowest level in 12 years
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Shortly after learning that Polk Schools dropout rates have dropped to their lowest in 12 years, the Polk County School board wrestled with whether to allow students who only earn a certificate of completion rather than a diploma to walk … read more.

Tax Collector’s Office wins Sterling Award
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
The Tax Collector’s Office for Polk County was recently named a Governor’s Sterling Award recipient. For 23 years, the Sterling Award has recognized organizations and businesses in Florida that have successfully achieved performance excellence within their management and operations. The … read more.

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Turkish jets join US-led coalition in airstrikes
Sun  Aug 30 2015 01:19AM
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkey announced on Saturday. A Foreign Ministry statement said the jets began attacking IS … read more.

Monkey business abounds at Dania Beach
Sun  Aug 30 2015 01:19AM
DANIA BEACH (AP) — For half a century, they have haunted the swampy forests east of Federal Highway. The Dania Beach monkeys, African vervet monkeys thought to have been released by an old tourist attraction in the 1950s, beg bananas, … read more.

Rival Koreas set date for talks preparing family reunions
Sun  Aug 30 2015 01:19AM
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea on Saturday set a meeting to prepare for more reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The first preparatory talk will be held between the countries’ Red Cross officials … read more.

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