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Oil spill settlement coming soon
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board learned this week that the $1.5 million in BP oil spill reparations will be heading into their coffers earlier than expected, but they haven’t decided … read more.
Consultant: Rezoning will ease overcrowding
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board Tuesday decided to consider a contract with an Ohio consulting firm to lay the ground work for a countywide rezoning of school attendance areas which … read more.
How to do business with with school system
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board wants to work with local businesses; actually, it’s more than a “want.” “Their desire is to do more business with local businesses,” said Sylvia Blackman-Roberts, … read more.
Roundtable: Service has to be paid for
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Fire assessment fees have been hot buttons for municipal governments across Polk County as elected officials wrestle with budgets and look for ways to economize without cutting services. Lakeland recently … read more.
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‘Bring the World Home’ through student exchange
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
Have you ever wondered how to bring a bit of the world home? iE-USA can help do that. International Experience USA is a non-profit high school student exchange organization approved by the U.S. Department of State and can place international … read more.

Heartland papers wins 16 state press awards
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Of the 16 awards the Sun’s Polk County newspapers were given from the Florida Press Association, 10 were for first place, three were second place and three were third place. The awards were announced Friday, July 24 at the annual … read more.

Broadband plan wins national award
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The Central Florida Regional Planning Council, along with partner planning councils Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council received the Major Metro Achievement Award presented by the National Association of Regional Councils for the Florida Local/Regional … read more.

Nowhere to go yet
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
Seven days after the Florida Department of Citrus executive director was pulled over in Lakeland and charged with DUI that led to his resignation, the commission decided not to make a decision as to how to replace him. In the … read more.

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State, National and World News
Taliban leader vows fight
Sun  Aug 2 2015 01:19AM
KABUL, Afghanistan — Political uncertainty inside the Taliban has cast doubt on the prospects for an end to the war in Afghanistan. On Saturday the Taliban’s controversial new leader vowed to continue fighting while urging unity among his followers in … read more.

Neighborhood gets rainbow makeover
Sun  Aug 2 2015 01:19AM
PACHUCA, Mexico — A community project in central Mexico is bringing art to people’s homes. Literally. A group of artists known as the German Crew have spent 14 months turning the hillside neighborhood of Las Palmitas into a giant, colorful … read more.

Zimbabwean authorities restrict lion hunting
Sun  Aug 2 2015 01:19AM
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the … read more.

Suspected Flight 370 wing flap arrives at French facility
Sun  Aug 2 2015 01:19AM
BALMA, France (AP) — A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Saturday arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analyzed by experts. After a 10-hour journey by road from … read more.

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