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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
Hot dog king eats to keep title today
Fri  Jul 3 2015 09:28PM
(CNN) — When it comes to the world of competitive eating, it’s feast or famine, eat or be eaten. And not to rub salt in wounds, when it comes to making mincemeat of the competition, American Joey Chestnut is still … read more.

Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts
Sat  Jul 4 2015 01:19AM
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would … read more.

Estate of ‘Untouchables’ Ness in legal fight over old stock
Sat  Jul 4 2015 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — A legal fight is brewing in Florida between the estate of “Untouchables” Prohibition agent Eliot Ness and an Ohio company over some long-undiscovered stock that apparently belonged to Ness and may be worth more than $1 million. … read more.

Serial stowaway wannabe released from jail
Sat  Jul 4 2015 01:19AM
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes around the country has been released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago, insisting she’s through with her run of stowaway attempts. “I feel free as a … read more.

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