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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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US stocks drop as China, oil weigh on markets
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Worries about the outlook for growth in China and a slide in the price of oil pushed the stock market to its biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday. Investors are nervous about China following a … read more.

Refugees storm Turkey
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
SURUC, Turkey — Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for … read more.

3 missing Afghan soldiers in custody
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
BOSTON — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that the three … read more.

US spacecraft enters Mars orbit
Tue  Sep 23 2014 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL — Next up, India. With NASA’s Maven spacecraft safely in orbit around Mars, the spotlight shifts to India’s first mission to the red planet. The Indian spacecraft is due to slip into Martian orbit Tuesday night (Wednesday morning … read more.

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