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Sellers keeps seat on School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:05AM
With most of Polk County’s election results in hand, it appeared late Tuesday that veteran Polk School Board Member Hazel Sellers would retain her District 3 seat on the School … read more.
Helms wins Group 16 judicial seat
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
In the end it came down to who voters felt most comfortable with in the race for the opening on the bench of 10th Circuit Group 16, and certain credentials … read more.
Incumbent Harris wins District 7 school board seat
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Incumbent Tim Harris of Lakeland, Polk County School board member running for the District 7 school board seat, won his third term with 53.75 percent of the vote in 162 … read more.
Third time is a charm for Wilson
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Lynn Wilson beat incumbent Debra Wright in a close race for the four-year Polk County School Board District 6. Serving southeast Polk County including Lake Wales, Frostproof and Eagle Lake, … read more.
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The weed debate
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
As with many political items up for election where there are strong feelings on either side, the proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution of medical marijuana is no exception. Both sides make suppositions and put into voters’ minds what is … read more.

Arrest made in shooting
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Friday afternoon, Brendon Bass was charged with attempted second degree murder after John Walters was shot in the abdomen in Mary Holland Park, the Bartow Police Department reported. Bass, 31, of 6228 Christina Groves Circle, Lakeland, was booked into the … read more.

Sutton shows she’s a ‘Capital’ dancer
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
The Capital Dancesport Championship — appropriately named since it was held in Washington, D.C. — took place Aug. 20-24 and among the top finishers was Bartow attorney Debra J. Sutton. With her partner, Sergey Barsukov, Sutton placed fourth in the … read more.

Medical marijuana production comes to Lake Wales
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
The Lake Wales Bethel Baptist Church congregation voted unanimously Sunday to lease 3.2 acres to GrowHealthy LLC Holdings of medical marijuana production. The medical variety is what is called Charlotte’s Web that is marijuana without THC. The church property abuts … read more.

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Police confirm quota at Waldo speed trap
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:12PM
ORLANDO (Reuters) — Police officers who run a notorious speed trap in north central Florida have confirmed what frustrated motorists have suspected for more than 50 years. Five police told a Waldo city council meeting late on Tuesday that officers … read more.

Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of incursion
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:10PM
KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) — Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday’s talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a 5-month-old crisis. Accusations … read more.

Writer held hostage goes home
Thu  Aug 28 2014 01:00AM
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A U.S. writer freed this week after being held captive for two years by Syrian insurgents on Wednesday thanked those who had worked for his release and said he was emotionally overwhelmed by his welcome home. Peter … read more.

Tricking memory in lab animals stokes hope for PTSD
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:10PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — The frailty of remembrance might have an upside: When a memory is recalled, two research teams reported on Wednesday, it can be erased or rewired so that a painful recollection is physically linked in the brain … read more.

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