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City, Biosolids meet to address smell issues
Fri  Sep 12 2014 04:34PM
(UPDATE: Tuesday night, the city commission unanimously voted to seek legal means to shut down the Schwing Bioset sludge plant in Fort Meade. The meeting was held too late to … read more.
US 17 crash claims Fort Meade man
Fri  Sep 12 2014 04:32PM
A Fort Meade man lost his life in a one-car accident sometime early last weekend on U.S. 17 south of Bartow. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was … read more.
What to do with the waste
Wed  Sep 10 2014 08:00AM
With hunting season almost here, Polk County’s woods will soon be filled with hunters, bagging their limits in turkey, deer and wild hogs. And, because many bag their limit each … read more.
Cheers, jeers greet pot debators
Tue  Sep 2 2014 09:39AM
Orlando lawyer John “For the People” Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd squared off Thursday in an Amendment 2 forum that drew both jeers and cheers from the standing … read more.
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Miners manhandle Avon Park
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
Despite a slow offensive start the Fort Meade Miners took control of a 7-3 lead putting up a 27 point second quarter to Avon Park’s 7 to lead 34-10 at intermission. And the onslaught continued in the second half as … read more.

Privatizing for subs seems to be working
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County School Board’s test run for privatization of its system for substitute teachers is working. It’s working so well, the board will be asked at its next meeting to make the three-month test an annual contract. Brian Warren, … read more.

Doors start to change in Bartow
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
There were about 100 people gathered in front of the L.B. Brown House at 7:30 a.m. in Bartow and they were prepared to paint. Doors 2 Change, a nonprofit organization, is a program that helps citizens, businesses, churches, clubs and … read more.

Photographer Ward to give lecture about wildlife
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
The 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition caught the imagination of conservationists, lovers of nature, and ordinary citizens, as a small team of explorers traveled a thousand miles in a hundred days through the heart of wild Florida. Internationally acclaimed environmental … read more.

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Buffer zone agreed upon in Ukrainian peace talks
Sun  Sep 21 2014 01:19AM
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sporadic artillery fire hit parts of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, hours after negotiators agreed to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russia militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign … read more.

Kurds race to Syria
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
BEIRUT — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. As the fighting raged, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees streamed across the … read more.

Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadis
Sun  Sep 21 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A college dropout from Florida. A nurse’s aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York. Except for their embrace of Islam, there’s no common profile for the 100-plus Americans who have traveled … read more.

Potential push to expand US military effort
Sun  Sep 21 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined. But military experts inside and outside the administration argue that an even greater expansion may be needed for … read more.

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