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Shafer leaving Highlanders for Warner football post
Thu  Apr 3 2014 11:59PM
For the second time in his career, Lake Wales football coach Rod Shafer will be leaving the Highlanders to join a local fledgling college program. Shafer will take over as … read more.
Citrus commission changing its public approach
Sat  Apr 5 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Citrus Commission, at least for now, is getting out of the television advertising business. For decades a staple of the group’s yearly budget, millions previously spent to promote … read more.
Fourth graders take in farming
Wed  Mar 12 2014 08:00AM
For the 26th time, some 6,000 Polk County elementary school fourth-grade students jammed the Stuart Center on U.S. 17 in Bartow for the annual agriculture incursion program, Agri-Fest, where the … read more.
The ultimate love story
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
Arno and Myrtle Birdsong undoubtedly always knew what their final words to each other would be. They just probably hadn’t imagined how they would be delivered. After 71 years of … read more.
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Ross: Party cooperation among state reps good
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Where it concerns Polk County, its four representatives — three Republicans and one Democrat — reach across the aisle and work together, claimed U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, in his opening remarks to the Polk County Tiger Bay Club on … read more.

Florida Polytechnic selects first president
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
A North Carolina State administrator is set to become Florida Polytechnic University’s first president. The school announced Monday that its presidential search committee has selected Randy K. Avent, who currently serves as associate vice chancellor of research development at North … read more.

Golf tournament to benefit wounded Marines set
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
The 2014 golf tournament of the USMCCCA Foundation is scheduled for Friday, May 9 and there will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start It is at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club, Davenport, and the tournament, now in its 10th year, provides support … read more.

Volunteers needed for Carillon Classic 5K Run & Walk
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
With the 2014 Carillon Classic 5K Run & Walk fast approaching, the Dick Pope/Polk County chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association has issued a call for volunteers to help with staging this charitable event on Saturday, May 3 at Bok … read more.

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Ukraine fights uprising
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:19AM
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an “anti-terrorist operation” to try to … read more.

US stock markets rebounds after choppy day
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A stock market swoon turned into a comeback Tuesday. Stocks managed a late-afternoon rebound for the second time in two days as investors seemed to brush off a report of lower confidence among homebuilders and simmering … read more.

Congress is giving states transportation blues
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:19AM
DAYTON, Ohio — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut … read more.

Violence surges in Nigeria uprising
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:19AM
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital — a surge of violence … read more.

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