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67th Annual Youth Fair
Fri  Jan 30 2015 03:22PM
Mild or spicy, chili cooked on chilly day
Fri  Jan 30 2015 04:22PM
The chili warming up the Stuart Center Wednesday afternoon ranged from a football style to a trip back to the 1960s, and from elderly women cooking to those in hunting … read more.
Girl follows family tradition
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Thousands of people crowded the Polk County Youth Fair grounds on Sunday, filling the arena for the market hog shows. Hogs were lined up row by row in the barn … read more.
A new kind of school going up
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
The newest Polk County school, to be built in the Four Corners area of northeast Polk, will be a departure from most county schools. The new school will be three … read more.
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Judge clears way for same-sex marriages
Wed  Jan 7 2015 08:30AM
Pointing to his earlier “explicit ruling that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional,’’ a federal judge ruled late last week. He issued an order that likely clears the way for gay marriages to start across the state. U.S. District Judge … read more.

First baby of the year
Sun  Jan 4 2015 08:33AM

County going more digital and saving money
Fri  Jan 30 2015 04:22PM
A firefighter was recognized by the governor for saving a woman’s life. Free dental care was offered to Polk County’s indigent population. More benefits were brought in to help the county’s veterans. And Polk’s economy was boosted with the openings … read more.

Borgia named interim president
Tue  Dec 30 2014 03:57PM
The United Way of Central Florida has someone running the place, temporarily at least. That someone isn’t just anyone. It’s Penny Borgia, who has been the chief operating officer for the last eight years and has been with the agency … read more.

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NASA remembering 17 astronauts killed in the line of duty
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth. For Robert “Hoot” Gibson, it’s a time to … read more.

A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — For all the danger posed to Florida’s Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there’s one thing researchers don’t want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory. The … read more.

Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
SEATTLE (AP) — For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades. They say the orca … read more.

Survivalist pleads not guilty in ambush killing
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for … read more.

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