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Judge, county races getting controversial
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Whether it was the opportunity to hear the candidates make stump speeches extolling their reasons why they should be elected, or just the opportunity to scarf down free hot dogs … read more.
Edwards among the top 5 Emerging Leaders
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
It was a night of cheers and a night of tears at this year’s Emerging Leaders Awards ceremony held Aug. 16 at the Bartow Civic Center. The annual event is … read more.
Candidates face the union
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Last week, 10 of 11 candidates seeking a seat on the Polk County School Board answered to the teachers as the Polk Education Association hosted a forum in Winter Haven. … read more.
Plans said to be in motion
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
<p class="SCMG-BodyCopy">Five of Polk County’s middle schools last week held meetings with parents and their communities as new steps are being implemented to raise the school grades from near-failing.</p> <p class="SCMG-BodyCopy">The … read more.
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Universal contest open to all Polk voters
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
The Aug. 30 Primary Election ballot will feature a Universal Primary race, according to Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. All voters, regardless of party affiliation, will have the opportunity to vote in the Republican primary contest for Polk County Commission … read more.

Legacy of love
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
After receiving a scholarship to attend the Mark O’Connor Music Camp last year, 15-year-old Alma Bamaca Valesquez knows first-hand what it means to be one of Sandy’s MusicGirls as she performed at the second MusicGirl Summer Workshop on July 29-30. … read more.

Care Center center of downtown development discussion
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Promoting economic development will involve major players such as the Lake Wales Care Center cooperating with other residents and businesses to create a strategic economic plan for the city. Such was the subject of discussion among the Lake Wales City … read more.

Vanguard starts 50th year with new principal
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
For the past 50 years, Vanguard School in Lake Wales has been facilitating students with special needs, helping them achieve academic success by overcoming their limitations. Such an inspirational school requires an equally inspirational individual to keep it going for … read more.

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Judge who saw escape of Florida murder suspect stays on case
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:22PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge who watched the escape of a murder suspect from his courtroom says he intends to stay on the case even though he might be on a defense witness list. Broward Circuit Judge … read more.

Couple loses suit to end town ban on front yard gardens
Fri  Aug 26 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida couple has lost a lawsuit seeking to overturn a town’s ban on front yard vegetable gardens. A Miami-Dade County judge on Thursday upheld a Miami Shores zoning ordinance prohibiting such gardens. Hermine Rickets and … read more.

Virginia boy drowns while vacationing in Florida with family
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:21PM
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a 14-year-old Virginia boy drowned while vacationing with his family in the Florida Panhandle. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Ted Pecot told the Northwest Florida Daily News Joquis Levano of Centreville, Virginia, died Wednesday … read more.

Florida Army vet gets Purple Heart 66 years after injury
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:21PM
PARKER, Fla. (AP) — It took 66 years, but Joe Hutchinson finally got his Purple Heart. In August 1950, the Army veteran was wounded by shrapnel while serving in Korea. The belated recognition came Wednesday, thanks to the efforts George … read more.

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