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Sales to go boom Saturday
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
It was a quiet moment late Thursday morning underneath the tent on Van Fleet Drive where Jimmy Binger and Lisa Cottrell were selling fireworks. Although they had already sold nearly … read more.
McGuire hired for Union
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
His background in curriculum made him a natural for the principal’s job at Union Academy, says the man who took over the magnet school that caters to the brightest south … read more.
In a flash
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
They say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but for one local, once was more than enough for her and her neighbor. Hillside Avenue resident Sophia Partain was home … read more.
New Habitat for Humanity home dedicated
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
After five months, Rashonda Polite was ready to move herself and her three children into the house in east Bartow that she had helped build as part of the requirement … read more.
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Martin puts his hat in the ring
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
At his campaign kick-off party for the Polk County Commission Thursday, J.C. Martin said he didn’t grow up in Polk County or in Florida, but this is home. “I may not have been born here, but I’m home,” he told … read more.

Jaws movie highlights Shark Week at museum
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum … Most of us past a certain age remember those da-dums as the herald for a frightening series of scenes in one of the most popular movies of the day. That was the scene were the beautiful … read more.

Whit’s starts community donation program
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
Local Matters to Whit’s Building Supply, and Bigfoot’s on the front lawn to emphasize their point. In a monthly contest that started in June, the hardware store is awarding cash awards — $150 for first place and $75 for second … read more.

Dealership donates truck to CSC
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
Christmas in July came to the Church Service Center this week, and anyone who drives by the facility on East Summerlin Street will see why. A large Isuzu box truck, painted with a large hand reaching out to another, is … read more.

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Hot dog king eats to keep title today
Fri  Jul 3 2015 09:28PM
(CNN) — When it comes to the world of competitive eating, it’s feast or famine, eat or be eaten. And not to rub salt in wounds, when it comes to making mincemeat of the competition, American Joey Chestnut is still … read more.

Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts
Sat  Jul 4 2015 01:19AM
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would … read more.

Estate of ‘Untouchables’ Ness in legal fight over old stock
Sat  Jul 4 2015 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — A legal fight is brewing in Florida between the estate of “Untouchables” Prohibition agent Eliot Ness and an Ohio company over some long-undiscovered stock that apparently belonged to Ness and may be worth more than $1 million. … read more.

Serial stowaway wannabe released from jail
Sat  Jul 4 2015 01:19AM
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes around the country has been released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago, insisting she’s through with her run of stowaway attempts. “I feel free as a … read more.

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