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‘Gift to the world’
Fri  Aug 22 2014 03:50PM
Fireworks, purple sails, politicians and educators all were headliners at Saturday’s launch of Florida’s 12th university — Florida Polytechnic — located in north Polk County. Leading the A-listers in on … read more.
Hood steps down after 22 years on the beat
Fri  Aug 22 2014 03:50PM
Frostproof residents will be missing a friendly face in the coming weeks as a long-time city law enforcer is retiring. Community members, friends and colleagues gathered at city hall late … read more.
Changes aim to make Polk an ‘A’ district in 2018
Fri  Aug 22 2014 03:50PM
All the changes Polk County School Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy made in her first year, and is planning in the coming years, are all being made with one goal in mind: … read more.
Charley roared 10 years ago
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
• Gov. Bush at the helm for Charley, Page 22 It was 10 years ago on Friday, Aug. 13, when Hurricane Charley came ashore, took a right turn into Charlotte … read more.
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Not your daddy’s STEM program
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
• Lofty goals for new Florida Polytechnic University, Page 13 It was a chance of a lifetime that Florida Polytechnic University’s new president couldn’t pass up. “To open a new university that’s going to have a different culture and mindset … read more.

Water, sewer rates will rise
Wed  Aug 6 2014 02:52PM
Frostproof utility users can expect to see a jump of about $4 a month in their monthly water and sewer bills in coming months. An ordinance requiring city water and sewer rates to be annually adjusted based upon the Consumer … read more.

Elvis’ final show to benefit area family
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
While the Monk Pelly Elvis Tribute show that takes place Saturday, Aug. 16 at Theatre Winter Haven will be a tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, it will also serve as a near wrap-up of Pelly’s career performing … read more.

Final BGH worker reunion planned
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
For many years now, former employees of Ben Hill Griffin Inc. have been getting together to reminisce, renew friendships and generally enjoy reliving time spent working in the citrus industry. Those workers will get one last chance to do just … read more.

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Stocks go mostly lower
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in … read more.

West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a “direct … read more.

What happens in Ferguson if no charges?
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if … read more.

Hamas executes 18 suspected informers to deter leaks
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely … read more.

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