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Sales to go boom Saturday
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
It was a quiet moment late Thursday morning underneath the tent on Van Fleet Drive where Jimmy Binger and Lisa Cottrell were selling fireworks. Although they had already sold nearly … read more.
McGuire hired for Union
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
His background in curriculum made him a natural for the principal’s job at Union Academy, says the man who took over the magnet school that caters to the brightest south … read more.
In a flash
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
They say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but for one local, once was more than enough for her and her neighbor. Hillside Avenue resident Sophia Partain was home … read more.
New Habitat for Humanity home dedicated
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
After five months, Rashonda Polite was ready to move herself and her three children into the house in east Bartow that she had helped build as part of the requirement … read more.
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Martin puts his hat in the ring
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
At his campaign kick-off party for the Polk County Commission Thursday, J.C. Martin said he didn’t grow up in Polk County or in Florida, but this is home. “I may not have been born here, but I’m home,” he told … read more.

Jaws movie highlights Shark Week at museum
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum … Most of us past a certain age remember those da-dums as the herald for a frightening series of scenes in one of the most popular movies of the day. That was the scene were the beautiful … read more.

Whit’s starts community donation program
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
Local Matters to Whit’s Building Supply, and Bigfoot’s on the front lawn to emphasize their point. In a monthly contest that started in June, the hardware store is awarding cash awards — $150 for first place and $75 for second … read more.

Dealership donates truck to CSC
Sat  Jul 4 2015 08:30AM
Christmas in July came to the Church Service Center this week, and anyone who drives by the facility on East Summerlin Street will see why. A large Isuzu box truck, painted with a large hand reaching out to another, is … read more.

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Stocks slip amid global sell-off
Tue  Jul 7 2015 12:45AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. fell broadly following drops in overseas markets as Greeks voted to reject creditor conditions for more loans, but the losses weren’t as steep as many had feared. With time running out for … read more.

Throngs gather for pope in S. America
Mon  Jul 6 2015 10:46PM
GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people filled a park in Ecuador’s main port city Monday for Pope Francis’ first big event of his three-nation South American tour, hoping for a glimpse of Latin America’s first pope returning … read more.

Frisco’s ‘sanctuary’ status under fire
Tue  Jul 7 2015 12:45AM
SAN FRANCISCO — The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on … read more.

Islamic State regains control of Syrian town
Mon  Jul 6 2015 10:46PM
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has regained control of a northern Syrian town captured by Kurdish fighters two weeks ago, activists and IS-linked social media outlets reported Monday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS fighters … read more.

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