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Cranking down the radio
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
It was not too loud in the Polk County Commission chambers on Tuesday when commissioners heard citizens complain about loud radios and how it affects their quality of life. In … read more.
Not a happy Christmas
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
What could possible be among the best ideas for Christmas shopping? To two Lake Wales residents with robbery convictions on their records, it is stealing from Walmart. Despite the plan … read more.
Holiday closings
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
These places are closed for Christmas and New Year’s: The Polk County Courthouse: Closed Dec. 25 and 26, Jan. 1 The Polk County Public School: Closed Dec. 22-Jan. 4. School … read more.
Frostproof bus service shouldn’t be affected
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
While there are cuts coming to Polk’s mass transit system in the wake of the transportation referendum defeat last month, the county’s lone bus route to Frostproof is safe. That’s … read more.
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School safety expanded
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
In Polk County, Safe Schools doesn’t just mean grammar and high schools, now it means colleges, too. In a recent expansion of its Safe Schools program and the creation of a new division, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office added contracts … read more.

Clerk: No same sex marriage license in Polk
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
Until the issue of same sex marriage is resolved, Stacy Butterfield, who heads up Polk County’s Clerk of the Courts and Comptrollers office has stated she will not issue any licenses permitting same sex marriages in Polk County. “I have … read more.


New rule: No weapons before students
Tue  Nov 18 2014 03:16PM
In the wake of last week’s ‘hard lockdown’ drill at a Winter Haven middle school where school police officers had guns drawn while students were present, the Polk school district has sent a directive to all agencies that provide the … read more.

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Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage
Mon  Dec 22 2014 01:19AM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said. “Quite a few suspects who were facilitators in one way or the … read more.

Entrepreneur builds a sleek ship, but will anyone buy it?
Mon  Dec 22 2014 01:19AM
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Even on land, the Ghost looks futuristic and fast. The angular vessel looks like a waterborne stealth fighter. It rides atop underwater torpedo-shaped tubes powered by a pair of 2,000-horsepower gas turbine engines. Gyroscopes keep the … read more.

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars
Mon  Dec 22 2014 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they’ll know whether “driverless” vehicles are safe. It’s a … read more.

Iraqi Kurds push into contested northern town
Mon  Dec 22 2014 01:19AM
MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months. The battle … read more.

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