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Traviss has come a long way
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
Things have changed, from an agricultural and mechanical focus to today’s high tech world, through it all Traviss Career Center has kept up with the times and Thursday celebrated 50 … read more.
Forum addresses hunger in the county
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
The Polk Vision Quality of Life Task Force held a LEAD (Learn-Engage-Assess-Discuss) forum on hunger in Polk County at the Board of County Commissioner building on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Participating … read more.
Florida’s Natural commits $10 million to tree program
Wed  Sep 24 2014 03:52PM
Amid the ever-growing bank of dark clouds that continues to hang over Florida’s citrus industry, a couple of rays of sunshine broke through last week. Locally, Citrus World, parent to … read more.
Revenge is sweet, and important, in Miner district win
Wed  Sep 24 2014 03:52PM
Revenge isn’t always just sweet, in the case of the Fort Meade Miners, a win over Tampa Catholic Friday night was important too. “Finally got the big monkey off our … read more.
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Extension office marks 100 years
Tue  Sep 30 2014 03:23PM
Dozens of people came to the Stuart Center in Bartow Saturday to mark the centennial celebration of the Agriculture Extension Service which was established in 1914 by the Smith-Lever Act. The law is designed as a partnership of the U.S. … read more.

Dancing the night away
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:54PM
They put on their dancing shoes and packed the house at the Lakeland Civic Center for the fifth annual Stepping Out for Education gala Friday to raise money for the Polk Education Foundation. The six celebrity dancers, all Polk County … read more.

TaxWatch Voter Guide analyzes amendments
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:52PM
A voter guide detailing the 2014 proposed constitutional amendments is available from Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit think tank and government watchdog examining government spending. The nonpartisan guide is a resource for Florida voters which analyzes each of the three proposals … read more.

Election forums this month
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:52PM
The League of Women Voters of Polk County has organized election year forums to help voters familiarize themselves with the issues and candidates they will vote on in the Nov. 4 general election. At 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 candidates … read more.

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Afghan president sworn in
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United … read more.

US stocks head lower, following drops overseas
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns over high stock prices and global politics continued to plague markets Monday as major stock indexes ended with slight losses in another day of choppy trading. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major world financial … read more.

Warming clues mount
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. Researchers found that climate change increased the odds of nine extremes: Heat … read more.

Dozens of possible jurors rejected in Arias sentencing trial
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
PHOENIX (AP) — Roughly a third of 200 potential jurors were dismissed Monday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after telling a judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial … read more.

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