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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Roundtable: Service has to be paid for
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Fire assessment fees have been hot buttons for municipal governments across Polk County as elected officials wrestle with budgets and look for ways to economize without cutting services. Lakeland recently … read more.
Heartland papers wins 16 state press awards
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Of the 16 awards the Sun’s Polk County newspapers were given from the Florida Press Association, 10 were for first place, three were second place and three were third place. … read more.
Broadband plan wins national award
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The Central Florida Regional Planning Council, along with partner planning councils Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council received the Major Metro Achievement Award presented by … read more.
Nowhere to go yet
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
Seven days after the Florida Department of Citrus executive director was pulled over in Lakeland and charged with DUI that led to his resignation, the commission decided not to make … read more.
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School taxes go down a little
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board is expected Tuesday to rubber stamp the 15/16 school year $791.4 million budget that drops ad valorem taxes by a smidgen during a pubic hearing at the board’s offices in Bartow. The board OK’d a decrease … read more.

Hot dogs
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Every year we have cases of dogs (rarely cats) presented with hyperthermia. These dogs can present with internal temperatures as high as 110 F. The normal temperature of the dogs is listed as 100 to 102.5 F. The temperatures outside … read more.

Legoland in Lake Wales, kind of
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:30AM
Legoland is coming to Lake Wales. Not the whole theme park, of course, but The News has learned the entertainment giant is planning to move a new operation into the former Harley Davidson dealership at the Longleaf Business Park on … read more.

Rabies case reported in Frostproof
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:30AM
Polk County’s fourth rabies case of 2015 is the second on the Ridge this year. At approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control members responded to the 700 block of North Palm Avenue in … read more.

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State, National and World News
Stocks end higher
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:38PM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after Federal Reserve policymakers voted to keep interest rates unchanged and gave no indication that a rate rise was imminent. A modest rebound in Chinese stocks also helped push the market … read more.

UN: Expect 11.2 billion people by 2100
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:44PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Move over: The world’s population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end … read more.

Trump lashes out at lawyer over breast pump break
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:38PM
NEW YORK — Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at a female lawyer whom he had called “disgusting” several years ago for requesting a break to pump breast milk in the middle of a deposition, calling her a “vicious, horrible person.” … read more.

Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50
Wed  Jul 29 2015 10:38PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance. “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of … read more.

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