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Stolen car leads to chase
Thu  Oct 16 2014 04:22PM
A vehicle reported stolen in Mulberry ended up being chased through Fort Meade last Tuesday, Oct. 7, with three suspects ultimately apprehended just over the Hardee County line. According to … read more.
History of Homeland
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
With many people who tell stories year after year about ghosts and goblins at the Cracker Storytelling Festival, there was one who did something a little different this year. In … read more.
Battle lines drawn in county sales tax debate
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
As election day looms the debate over a new sales tax rate to fund transit and infrastructure improvements in Polk County is getting more heated with both sides turning up … read more.
Miners must recover from first setback quickly
Thu  Oct 2 2014 03:32PM
In a rivalry game one must throw records out and any team can come out on top. One could also argue in the state of Florida a 3A team shouldn’t … read more.
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Burchfield denied parole at hearing
Fri  Oct 24 2014 03:18PM
A man found guilty of killing a sleeping 3-year-old boy 40 years ago by shooting him in the chest for revenge against his mother will stay in jail, due in large part to the State Attorney’s arguments against his release … read more.

Parole hearing Wednesday for murderer
Tue  Oct 21 2014 11:31AM
On Wednesday, a man who has been in prison for 40 years for killing a 3-year-old boy in a custody dispute with the boy’s mother, has a parole hearing. The boy’s aunt, Clever English, said Riley Burchfield’s release from prison … read more.

County ATV park west of city near completion
Thu  Oct 16 2014 04:22PM
Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will soon have another reason to make Fort Meade a destination. Polk County is putting the finishing touches on the Bone Valley ATV Park, which will be located on County Road 630 nine miles west of Fort … read more.

Tangled city cemetery project ‘plotting’ along
Thu  Oct 2 2014 03:32PM
The city’s cemetery project is halfway near completion, with most of the historical records of Morrison and Evergreen cemeteries having been entered into a computer program that will help better organize the graveyards’ data. An update on the cemetery project … read more.

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Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:19AM
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, more than half the beds in treatment centers in the capital remain empty because of the government’s order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in … read more.

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:19AM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to set their new greenhouse gas emissions plan are facing staunch opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their economies would suffer from the new target. … read more.

Fuel costs ease, US airline profits soar
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:19AM
DALLAS (AP) — Saving a nickel or a dime per gallon might not seem like much to the average motorist, but for airlines that burn hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel every month, it adds up quickly. Profits are … read more.

Senators ask gov’t for nationwide air bag recall
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high … read more.

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