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Pelly benefit to wrap up career
Tue  Jul 22 2014 03:54PM
The poster reads, “Elvis has not left the building … yet,” but unless one marks down Saturday, Aug. 16, it will be too late to catch the king of Elvis … read more.
Polk newspapers earn 17 awards in state contest
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County community newspapers of the Sun Coast Media Group won 17 awards in the Florida Press Association Better Weekly newspaper contest. The papers won four first places for … read more.
Albritton gung-ho promoting Florida
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
According to Ben Albritton, who was this month’s guest speaker at the July 15 Tiger Bay of Polk County gathering, the legislature this year did not do very much, which … read more.
Price for Polk Parkway toll to rise for SunPass users
Thu  Jul 10 2014 07:35PM
A little more change will be drawn from SunPass users traveling Florida’s Turnpike and most of the state’s other toll roads and it took effect Tuesday. A 1.5 percent increase … read more.
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Chalet Suzanne to close
Mon  Jul 21 2014 04:14PM
After 83 years, the world-famous Chalet Suzanne Restaurant and Inn, one of Lake Wales signature sites, will be closing its doors on Aug. 3, according to owner Dee Hinshaw. After years of struggling with a declining marketplace for its quirky accommodations … read more.

ALS Association partners with Tampa Bay Rays
Tue  Jul 22 2014 03:40PM
On Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, Tropicana Field will become Lou Gehrig’s house, when the Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees for the annual ALS Awareness Game at 1:40 p.m. ALS supporters will sit together in a special … read more.

READPolk gains 26 volunteers
Tue  Jul 22 2014 03:38PM
Twenty-six people showed up Saturday and were trained to become volunteers for READPolk at a workshop held there. That adds to the 130 volunteers trained to teach those with low literacy skills in Polk County. However, getting the word out … read more.

Don’t fear the thunder
Tue  Jul 22 2014 03:36PM
With the Florida summertime weather pattern, a common complaint I hear from pet owners is that their pets are disruptive or destructive when they hear loud noises like thunder. There are many different classifications of anxiety in pets including thunderstorm, … read more.

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Wall Street stocks slip
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil. European leaders are considering tougher sanctions on Russia for its backing … read more.

Gaza death toll mounts
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to an unconditional … read more.

Ukraine rebels release bodies
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts … read more.

Widow: Jury sent tobacco firm $23B message
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won’t see much if any of the money. … read more.

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