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Feds reach $2B settlement with Mosaic
Sat  Oct 3 2015 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE — After decades of environmental damage caused by hill-sized piles of acidic hazardous waste in Florida and Louisiana, one of the world’s largest fertilizer makers has settled a massive … read more.
Reception unveils new exhibit
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
When Myrtice Young, Historical Preservation Manager of the Polk County History Center, came across a memoir written by the now-late Honorable John H. Dewell, she reached out to the Hon. … read more.
Heath drops out of race for BOCC
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
Rennie Heath has dropped out of the race for the seat County Commissioner Edwin V. Smith holds but and will term out at the end of this year. That leaves … read more.
‘Garden of virtue’ remembered
Wed  Sep 30 2015 08:30AM
Proverbs 31 details the qualities found within a virtuous woman. For many Fort Meade residents, these qualities were exemplified within the life of former teacher Lorraine Cliett Young. For this … read more.
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Retired Judge Doyel to run for state House seat
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
Retired circuit judge and author Robert Doyel announced Monday he is a candidate for Florida House of Representatives District 41. The Democrat and resident of Winter Haven filed paperwork with the Division of Elections last week. Doyel has a solid … read more.

Sign Shop & More opens on Broadway in Fort Meade
Wed  Sep 30 2015 08:30AM
Giant scissors of gold glimmered in the afternoon sun as they cut away the scarlet ribbon for the ribbon cutting ceremony and official grand opening of The Sign Shop & More. More than a dozen residents, including those from the … read more.

Millage doesn’t rise, but taxes do
Wed  Sep 30 2015 08:30AM
There’s good news and bad news concerning next year’s budget. The good news is that residents will not pay more in property taxes. The bad news is that they will inevitably pay more in wastewater rates. Fort Meade City Commissioners … read more.

Clean it ip program going to Connersville, Gordon Heights
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
Keep Polk County Beautiful Inc. in partnership with Polk County Board of County Commissioners is bringing their “Clean It Up to Green It Up” Program to the Connersville and Gordon Heights communities on Saturday, Oct. 10. This program will provide … read more.

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First lady honors new class of student poets for bravery
Fri  Oct 9 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is honoring the new class of National Student Poets for their bravery to be vulnerable and sharing their deepest thoughts. The first lady hosted a White House event Thursday for the five teens, who each … read more.

No charges against Orlando officers who kicked suspect
Fri  Oct 9 2015 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Two Orlando police officers will not face criminal charges for the arrest of a South Florida banker who was kicked repeatedly while sitting on a street curb as they tried to subdue him. State Attorney Jeff Ashton … read more.

Panther killed in southwest Florida
Fri  Oct 9 2015 01:19AM
NAPLES (AP) — Officials say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle on a southwest Florida road. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 3-year-old female was found Thursday after being hit by a vehicle on … read more.

Former deputy charged with stealing, lying on timecard
Fri  Oct 9 2015 01:19AM
FORT MYERS (AP) — A former southwest Florida deputy is facing charges after authorities say he lied on his timecard and received pay for time he wasn’t actually working. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports that 46-year-old Michael Schlosser was … read more.

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