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Oil spill settlement coming soon
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:26PM
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
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:24PM
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
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:22PM
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.
State money to allow improvements to community center, city hall
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Both the Fort Meade community center and city hall could experience renovations in the near future now that the city has approved two applications for state funding and the study … read more.
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Community Calendar
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:28PM
Monday, Aug. 3 City Council meeting, 4:30 p.m. for work session, 5:30 p.m. for meeting. Bartow City Hall, 450 N. Wilson Ave., Bartow. Tuesday, Aug. 4 Chair Yoga, 9:30 a.m. Bartow Public Library, 2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow. 863-534-0131. Lunch … read more.

‘Bring the World Home’ through student exchange
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:26PM
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.

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 killed a fire assessment fee while Lake Wales has wrestled … 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.

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Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:19AM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday. Some captives told The Associated Press … read more.

Confederate flags found at MLK’s church
Thu  Jul 30 2015 09:54PM
(CNN) — Confederate battle flags were found Thursday morning on the grounds of Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center in Atlanta, police and church officials said. Ebenezer Baptist Church is best known as the church where the Rev. Dr. … read more.

Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:19AM
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled. Philae, which is part of the European … read more.

Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service
Fri  Jul 31 2015 01:19AM
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year of a solar-powered drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737, the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet service to remote parts of … read more.

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