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Price is right on to take talent show
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:12AM
Practice may not make Sebring High School freshman Nala Price perfect, but it has put another $1,000 in her pocket. Price, a two-time division winner in Heartland Idol, took home … read more.
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.
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Springtime brings out more orphaned wildlife
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Springtime is here, which means that we will be starting to see more and more wildlife babies. Each species cares for its young in a different manner. Sometimes in our eagerness to help a baby that appears stranded, we may … read more.

Never boring in the CSI
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
There are no TV cameras, no spotlights and no mega-stars who solve mysteries in a mere 47 minutes of airtime. But, there are pros who solve crime daily. They are CSI Polk County. An elite group, mostly women, whose eye … read more.


Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:00AM
Football to get later start Polk County Friday night football’s kickoff will be a little later this year in Polk County. County athletic director Don Bridges said regular season games will begin at 7:3 0 p.m ., a half hour … 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 marriage — compassionate, caring companions to each other to the … read more.

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Decision: Affirmative action ban OK
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a … read more.

High court eyes Internet TV
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the Internet. The high court heard arguments … read more.

Republican Curt Clawson wins special GOP primary
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
FORT MYERS — The former CEO of an aluminum wheel company won a Republican primary Tuesday in a special election for the seat of a congressman who resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine. Curt Clawson, 54, defeated … read more.

Legislature argues Florida DCF budget
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
MIAMI — After dozens of child abuse-related deaths, Florida lawmakers may add money for nearly 200 new child protective investigators and other services, but critics worry the proposal overlooks funding to treat mental health and substance abuse problems that are … read more.

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