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Holiday closings
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
These places are closed for Christmas and New Year’s: The Polk County Courthouse: Closed Dec. 25 and 26, Jan. 1 The Polk County Public School: Closed Dec. 22-Jan. 4. School … read more.
A Fort Meade Christmas
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
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Fort Meade bus service shouldn’t be affected
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
While there are cuts coming to Polk’s mass transit system in the wake of a transportation referendum defeat last month, the county’s lone bus route to Fort Meade is apparently safe. That’s the word from Polk Transit Executive Director Tom … read more.

School safety expanded
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
In Polk County, Safe Schools doesn’t just mean grammar and high schools, now it means colleges, too. In a recent expansion of its Safe Schools program and the creation of a new division, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office added contracts … read more.


New rule: No weapons before students
Tue  Nov 18 2014 03:16PM
In the wake of last week’s ‘hard lockdown’ drill at a Winter Haven middle school where school police officers had guns drawn while students were present, the Polk school district has sent a directive to all agencies that provide the … read more.

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Girl, 13, competent to stand trial in stabbing
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday. A … read more.

White House: ‘Sophisticated actor’ hacked Sony
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was carried out by a “sophisticated actor” with “malicious intent.” But spokesman Josh Earnest is declining to blame North Korea. Earnest says he doesn’t want to … read more.

Iraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Kurdish official in Iraq says the peshmerga fighters battling Islamic State militants have managed to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands from the Yazidi minority trapped there can flee. Masrur Barzani … read more.

Death penalty sought in Jewish site shootings
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty for a white supremacist from Missouri who is charged with killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced … read more.

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