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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.
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 … read more.
Miserable conditions
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:30AM
In a press conference Monday, State Attorney Jerry Hill and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the Highlands Youth Academy has failed to make changes and it should be closed. … read more.
Elections office wants you
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County Supervisor of Elections is looking for a few good men … OK, women too and more than a few. Supervisor Lori Edwards launched a poll worker sign-up … read more.
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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.

A silver Caladium this weekend
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The 25th annual Caladium Festival kicked off Friday and runs through Sunday. For a quarter of a century, visitors have enjoyed the myriad of colors of caladiums, art, food and music. The festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday … 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 the National Association of Regional Councils for the Florida Local/Regional … read more.

Plaque dedicated to Bettye Barnett
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:30AM
On Friday, July 10, the Fort Meade Garden Club placed a memorial plaque at the Bettye Barnett Memorial Rose Garden located at the intersection of West Broadway and South Charleston. Club President June Shirley directed the placement of the plaque … read more.

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State, National and World News
America more diverse, less wealthy
Mon  Jul 27 2015 10:35PM
NEW YORK (CNN) — The numbers seem to tell a pretty clear story. The typical American family is poorer than it was 25 years ago. Median family wealth has dropped to $81,450, a nearly 5 percent decline since 1989, according … read more.

Chinese plunge sends global markets lower
Mon  Jul 27 2015 10:35PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The worst drop in China’s stock market in eight years helped drag down other markets around the world Monday. The tough day follows declines in U.S. markets last week, when the three major indexes fell more … read more.

50 cent bet at Saratoga wins half a million
Mon  Jul 27 2015 10:35PM
NEW YORK (CNN) —Talk about long odds — A 50 cent bet netted a New Jersey gambler nearly half a million bucks on Saturday in Saratoga. The gambler, who has not been named, placed the tiny Pick Five bet online … read more.

US, Turkey plan for ‘safe zone’ free of ISIS in Syria
Mon  Jul 27 2015 10:34PM
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border — a plan that opens the possibility of … read more.

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