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Cranking down the radio
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
It was not too loud in the Polk County Commission chambers on Tuesday when commissioners heard citizens complain about loud radios and how it affects their quality of life. In … read more.
Not a happy Christmas
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
What could possible be among the best ideas for Christmas shopping? To two Lake Wales residents with robbery convictions on their records, it is stealing from Walmart. Despite the plan … read more.
Holiday closings
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
These places are closed for Christmas and New Year’s: The Polk County Courthouse: Closed Dec. 25 and 26, Jan. 1 The Polk County Public School: Closed Dec. 22-Jan. 4. School … read more.
Frostproof bus service shouldn’t be affected
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
While there are cuts coming to Polk’s mass transit system in the wake of the transportation referendum defeat last month, the county’s lone bus route to Frostproof is safe. That’s … read more.
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School safety expanded
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
In Polk County, Safe Schools doesn’t just mean grammar and high schools, now it means colleges, too. In a recent expansion of its Safe Schools program and the creation of a new division, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office added contracts … read more.

Clerk: No same sex marriage license in Polk
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
Until the issue of same sex marriage is resolved, Stacy Butterfield, who heads up Polk County’s Clerk of the Courts and Comptrollers office has stated she will not issue any licenses permitting same sex marriages in Polk County. “I have … read more.


New rule: No weapons before students
Tue  Nov 18 2014 03:16PM
In the wake of last week’s ‘hard lockdown’ drill at a Winter Haven middle school where school police officers had guns drawn while students were present, the Polk school district has sent a directive to all agencies that provide the … read more.

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State, National and World News
AP sources: Cops’ killer angry over Garner death
Sun  Dec 21 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two police officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad … read more.

WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000
Sun  Dec 21 2014 01:19AM
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his … read more.

Raul Castro: Detente won’t change Cuban system
Sun  Dec 21 2014 01:19AM
HAVANA (AP) — Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba’s parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington won’t change the communist system … read more.

Bill Cosby’s silence may be his best defense at this point
Sun  Dec 21 2014 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby has the right to remain silent — and that may be his best strategy. With police urging any possible sex abuse victims to come forward, two lawsuits pending and more than 15 women making … read more.

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