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Polk newspapers earn 17 awards in state contest
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County community newspapers of the Sun Coast Media Group won 17 awards in the Florida Press Association Better Weekly newspaper contest. The papers won four first places for … read more.
Albritton gung-ho promoting Florida
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
According to Ben Albritton, who was this month’s guest speaker at the July 15 Tiger Bay of Polk County gathering, the legislature this year did not do very much, which … read more.
Price for Polk Parkway toll to rise for SunPass users
Thu  Jul 10 2014 07:35PM
A little more change will be drawn from SunPass users traveling Florida’s Turnpike and most of the state’s other toll roads and it took effect Tuesday. A 1.5 percent increase … read more.
Chalet Suzanne to close
Mon  Jul 21 2014 04:14PM
After 83 years, the world-famous Chalet Suzanne Restaurant and Inn, one of Lake Wales signature sites, will be closing its doors on Aug. 3, according to owner Dee Hinshaw. After years … read more.
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Construction continues in the heat
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
On State Road 60 at Alturas Road there will be temporary lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Friday, while crews extend the turn lanes. The traffic signal is in flash mode. Motorists should be aware that the … read more.

County judge to address relationship with bailiff
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
A Polk County judge, accused last year of inappropriate behavior with a bailiff, has been given 20 days to respond to the allegations by the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, according to paperwork posted Monday on the Florida Supreme Court website. … read more.

Applications for Woman of the Year being accepted
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants your nominations for the 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award. Since 1985, this award has recognized 30 women who have made a significant contribution to Florida agriculture. Recipients of … read more.

Sister shred the waves
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
Shredding waves in Babson Park, these two sisters are making names for themselves in the world of wakeboarding. She sits on the edge of the dock, looks down at her sweaty palms, and brushes a loose piece of hair out … read more.

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Wall Street stocks slip
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil. European leaders are considering tougher sanctions on Russia for its backing … read more.

Gaza death toll mounts
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to an unconditional … read more.

Ukraine rebels release bodies
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts … read more.

Widow: Jury sent tobacco firm $23B message
Tue  Jul 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won’t see much if any of the money. … read more.

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