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Pot plant getting ready to grow
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
A plan to grow medical marijuana in a sprawling, empty Lake Wales building complex is apparently very much back on, after it appeared to be a no go last fall … read more.
Holiday closings
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
Bartow City Hall: Closed Friday, July 3 Bartow Public Library: Closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 Bartow garbage collection: Monday’s and Tuesday’s schedules will remain the same. Thursday’s … read more.
Remembering Pierce
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
Dozens of older Polk County residents crowded the 1908 Courtroom at the Polk History Center Saturday to remember where they once lived, worked and played — a place that has … read more.
Pioneers honored at ceremony
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
Joseph F. Darby Sr. and Bud Ennis were honored at the 41st Pioneer Luncheon Thursday for their contributions to Polk County and interviews with them will be on available at … read more.
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Helping to ease the jurors
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:21AM
Being called for jury duty can and often is an intimidating experience for many, said Stacy Butterfield, who heads the Clerk of the Courts department. So she, Taylor Benson, who handles public information responsibilities for the department, and Tina Hill, … read more.

Board cuts meetings to once a month
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:11AM
The Polk County School Board decided last week to cut its formal meetings to one per month. It also opted to cancel an in-house school at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Villa located east of Bartow on State Road 60 and … read more.

Citizen’s guide to county finances available
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
Updated information on the county’s financial state is now available in the latest Popular Annual Financial Report prepared by Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller Stacy Butterfield. The report provides citizens with a brief analysis of … read more.

Rabies cases don’t indicate problem
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
The fact that the first three cases of rabies were confirmed in Polk County in the last five weeks does not mean something more serious is afoot. Warmer weather could be a cause for cases, but that may only mean … read more.

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State, National and World News
Historic Tampa cigar factory destroyed in fire
Sun  Jul 5 2015 09:55PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A historic Tampa cigar factory has been destroyed in a fire. Authorities say the roof and floors of the Palmetto Beach Cigar Factor collapsed in the fire which broke out shortly after midnight Sunday. The fire … read more.

Cop, lifeguard save Florida man after canoe tips over
Sun  Jul 5 2015 09:55PM
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — An officer and lifeguard are being hailed heroes after rescuing a man from nearly crowning after his canoe tipped over in Sarasota. A couple was canoeing Saturday when the canoe tipped over and the man’s hand … read more.

Court rules against damage caps for medical malpractice
Sun  Jul 5 2015 09:55PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida court has ruled that caps on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits do not apply in personal injury cases. The Legislature in 2003 established $500,000 limits on non-economic damages for such cases. Last … read more.

Crayola Experience opens new attraction at Orlando mall
Sun  Jul 5 2015 09:55PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Crayola Experience attraction has opened in Orlando. The 70,000 square-foot facility located in Florida Mall opened this week, and is the second created by the crayons maker. It joins one that opened in 2013 in … read more.

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