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Price is right on to take talent show
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:12AM
Practice may not make Sebring High School freshman Nala Price perfect, but it has put another $1,000 in her pocket. Price, a two-time division winner in Heartland Idol, took home … read more.
Shafer leaving Highlanders for Warner football post
Thu  Apr 3 2014 11:59PM
For the second time in his career, Lake Wales football coach Rod Shafer will be leaving the Highlanders to join a local fledgling college program. Shafer will take over as … read more.
Citrus commission changing its public approach
Sat  Apr 5 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Citrus Commission, at least for now, is getting out of the television advertising business. For decades a staple of the group’s yearly budget, millions previously spent to promote … read more.
Fourth graders take in farming
Wed  Mar 12 2014 08:00AM
For the 26th time, some 6,000 Polk County elementary school fourth-grade students jammed the Stuart Center on U.S. 17 in Bartow for the annual agriculture incursion program, Agri-Fest, where the … read more.
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The ultimate love story
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
Arno and Myrtle Birdsong undoubtedly always knew what their final words to each other would be. They just probably hadn’t imagined how they would be delivered. After 71 years of marriage — compassionate, caring companions to each other to the … read more.

Benton named new Bulldogs football coach
Wed  Jan 29 2014 02:49PM
There will be a new but familiar face on the football sidelines at Faris Brannen Stadium this fall, but it will be on the sidelines, not the playing field this time. Shannon Benton has been named the new Bulldogs coach, … read more.

Ross: Party cooperation among state reps good
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Where it concerns Polk County, its four representatives — three Republicans and one Democrat — reach across the aisle and work together, claimed U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, in his opening remarks to the Polk County Tiger Bay Club on … read more.

Florida Polytechnic selects first president
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
A North Carolina State administrator is set to become Florida Polytechnic University’s first president. The school announced Monday that its presidential search committee has selected Randy K. Avent, who currently serves as associate vice chancellor of research development at North … read more.

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Mt. Everest avalanche kills 12
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured. The Sherpa … read more.

Scott and Bush want in-state tuition bill passed
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, along with former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez, made an urgent last-minute plea for legislators to pass a tuition break to students who entered the country illegally. The push from Scott — and … read more.

Eyewitness testimony not gold standard
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
PORTLAND, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only … read more.

Diplomacy doesn’t move insurgents in Ukraine
Sat  Apr 19 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed … read more.

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