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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Sellers keeps seat on School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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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State, National and World News
Poll: Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:58PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages, despite the posting of an Islamic State video last week depicting the beheading of a U.S. journalist, a Reuters-IPSOS … read more.

S&P 500 closes above 2,000
Wed  Aug 27 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it closed above 1,000 points for the first time. The … read more.

Putin, Poroshenko extend talks
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:58PM
MINSK — The leaders of Russia and Ukraine agreed on Tuesday on the need to “de-escalate” the conflict in eastern Ukraine but fundamental differences remain, the Belarussian president who hosted the talks said. After about six hours of negotiations with … read more.

UPDATE 1-Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen
Tue  Aug 26 2014 08:57PM
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched in St. Louis on Tuesday demanding the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The death of Michael Brown, 18, focused global … read more.

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