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Stolen car leads to chase
Thu  Oct 16 2014 04:22PM
A vehicle reported stolen in Mulberry ended up being chased through Fort Meade last Tuesday, Oct. 7, with three suspects ultimately apprehended just over the Hardee County line. According to … read more.
History of Homeland
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
With many people who tell stories year after year about ghosts and goblins at the Cracker Storytelling Festival, there was one who did something a little different this year. In … read more.
Battle lines drawn in county sales tax debate
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
As election day looms the debate over a new sales tax rate to fund transit and infrastructure improvements in Polk County is getting more heated with both sides turning up … read more.
Miners must recover from first setback quickly
Thu  Oct 2 2014 03:32PM
In a rivalry game one must throw records out and any team can come out on top. One could also argue in the state of Florida a 3A team shouldn’t … read more.
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Burchfield denied parole at hearing
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
A man found guilty of killing a sleeping 3-year-old boy 40 years ago by shooting him in the chest for revenge against his mother will stay in jail, due in large part to the State Attorney’s arguments against his release … read more.

Parole hearing Wednesday for murderer
Tue  Oct 21 2014 11:31AM
On Wednesday, a man who has been in prison for 40 years for killing a 3-year-old boy in a custody dispute with the boy’s mother, has a parole hearing. The boy’s aunt, Clever English, said Riley Burchfield’s release from prison … read more.

County ATV park west of city near completion
Thu  Oct 16 2014 04:22PM
Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will soon have another reason to make Fort Meade a destination. Polk County is putting the finishing touches on the Bone Valley ATV Park, which will be located on County Road 630 nine miles west of Fort … read more.

Tangled city cemetery project ‘plotting’ along
Thu  Oct 2 2014 03:32PM
The city’s cemetery project is halfway near completion, with most of the historical records of Morrison and Evergreen cemeteries having been entered into a computer program that will help better organize the graveyards’ data. An update on the cemetery project … read more.

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Another school shooting
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:19AM
MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria on Friday and opened fire without shouting or arguing, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the … read more.

US stock market has good week
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies. After weeks of speculation over the fate … read more.

Islamic State said to be using chlorine bombs in arsenal
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:19AM
MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — New allegations have emerged that Islamic State extremists have expanded their arsenal with chlorine bombs and captured fighter jets — weapons that could help the militants in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish fighters in the key Syrian … read more.

Body of Virginia student Graham ID’d
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:19AM
RICHMOND, Va. — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a university sophomore who disappeared last month, authorities said Friday, ending a search that left the campus and community on edge. Hannah … read more.

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