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Judge, county races getting controversial
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Whether it was the opportunity to hear the candidates make stump speeches extolling their reasons why they should be elected, or just the opportunity to scarf down free hot dogs … read more.
Edwards among the top 5 Emerging Leaders
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
It was a night of cheers and a night of tears at this year’s Emerging Leaders Awards ceremony held Aug. 16 at the Bartow Civic Center. The annual event is … read more.
Candidates face the union
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Last week, 10 of 11 candidates seeking a seat on the Polk County School Board answered to the teachers as the Polk Education Association hosted a forum in Winter Haven. … read more.
Plans said to be in motion
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
<p class="SCMG-BodyCopy">Five of Polk County’s middle schools last week held meetings with parents and their communities as new steps are being implemented to raise the school grades from near-failing.</p> <p class="SCMG-BodyCopy">The … read more.
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Universal contest open to all Polk voters
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
The Aug. 30 Primary Election ballot will feature a Universal Primary race, according to Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. All voters, regardless of party affiliation, will have the opportunity to vote in the Republican primary contest for Polk County Commission … read more.

Legacy of love
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
After receiving a scholarship to attend the Mark O’Connor Music Camp last year, 15-year-old Alma Bamaca Valesquez knows first-hand what it means to be one of Sandy’s MusicGirls as she performed at the second MusicGirl Summer Workshop on July 29-30. … read more.

Care Center center of downtown development discussion
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Promoting economic development will involve major players such as the Lake Wales Care Center cooperating with other residents and businesses to create a strategic economic plan for the city. Such was the subject of discussion among the Lake Wales City … read more.

Vanguard starts 50th year with new principal
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
For the past 50 years, Vanguard School in Lake Wales has been facilitating students with special needs, helping them achieve academic success by overcoming their limitations. Such an inspirational school requires an equally inspirational individual to keep it going for … read more.

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First family goes hiking in national park in Virginia
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:32PM
TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama and the first family are hiking at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. Their visit Sunday comes as the National Park Service’s celebrates its centennial. The president has marked the week by creating … read more.

Woman who was beaten, set on fire in Georgia home dies
Mon  Aug 29 2016 01:19AM
ATLANTA (AP) — A coroner says an 83-year-old Georgia woman who was badly burned and critically injured during an attempted robbery has died. Meriwether County Deputy Coroner Leonard Wigley Jr. tells local news media that Dorothy Dow died Saturday at … read more.

Turkey lifts headscarf ban for its policewomen
Mon  Aug 29 2016 01:19AM
ISTANBUL (AP) — It is official: Turkey’s female police officers will be able to wear headscarves as part of their uniform. The ruling published by the government’s official gazette this weekend says policewomen can wear headscarves under their caps or … read more.

UN: Gender inequality costs sub-Saharan Africa $95 billion
Mon  Aug 29 2016 01:19AM
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Saharan Africa loses around $95 billion a year due to gender inequality, jeopardizing the continent’s efforts for economic growth, according to a U.N. report launched Sunday. Deeply rooted structural obstacles such as unequal distribution of resources … read more.

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