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Currently no need to panic in Polk re: Zika
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
In light of Florida’s governor last week urging caution and a health emergency declared in four counties in Florida because of the Zika virus, the fear of it is not … read more.
Hope Now trying to salvage itself
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Hope Now is busy this week trying to find programs for its remaining clients and hoping to ward off complete closure after the Polk County Commission canceled its contract last … read more.
SyFy Bartow to contest you
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
On Feb. 20 you will see people strolling Main Street looking like aliens, superheroes and cosplayers and if only seeing them one time isn’t enough, get out to Fun Friday … read more.
American hero honored
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
In recalling his father’s life in the years he’s known him, Jerome Corbett called J.J. Corbett a consummate gentlemen. “Never have I heard him curse. Never have I heard him … read more.
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Chalkboard special
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Pizza, green beans, applesauce, the lunch menu at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School was pretty routine last Friday. But the school helped cook up something super special for third-grader Jayda Miller. It was a normal day for the youngster, … read more.

Brown Festival to let the good times roll
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
While this year’s annual L.B. Brown Heritage Festival will take in a taste of New Orleans, there will be plenty to learn about as well as the fun and games, and part of that learning will come from the United … read more.

Developer plans major concert venue
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Triple Canopy Ranch, a 411-acre site 15 miles east of Lake Wales that in the past has hosted mud race events, is being transformed into a major concert facility that could attract as many as 50,000 fans, according to the … read more.

Last call Valentine’s Day group wedding
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Registration closes Thursday, Feb. 11, to participate in the Polk County Clerk of Courts & Comptroller Valentine’s Group Wedding. The unique wedding hosted by Clerk & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Polk County History … read more.

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State, National and World News
Bill requiring unanimous verdict for death penalty advances
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday. The Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee passed its version of a bill … read more.

Senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Sen. Bill Nelson has called … read more.

2015 sets record for shark attacks
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE (AP) — Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. Scientists say the previous record was 88 attacks in 2000. International … read more.

Glass art worth $25,000 recovered
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — A piece of stolen glass art by artist Dale Chihuly worth as much as $25,000 has been recovered. St. Petersburg police said in a news release that an employee of the Morean Arts Center discovered a … read more.

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