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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.
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.
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. … 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 … read more.
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School taxes go down a little
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board is expected Tuesday to rubber stamp the 15/16 school year $791.4 million budget that drops ad valorem taxes by a smidgen during a pubic hearing at the board’s offices in Bartow. The board OK’d a decrease … read more.

Rowell earns scholarship to Warner Ag school
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Farm Credit of Central Florida has awarded its first annual scholarship to Warner University Agricultural Studies Program’s Tabitha Rowell, from Fort Meade. In this inaugural gift, the student was chosen based on an essay, grade point average, and resume. Rowell … read more.

Judd to appear at Fort Meade Chamber luncheon
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
The Monthly Chamber Luncheon returns on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and the guest is already lined up for it: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. The luncheon is scheduled at 11:45 a.m., at the Fort Meade City Mobile Park Center. Those planning to attend … read more.

Hot dogs
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Every year we have cases of dogs (rarely cats) presented with hyperthermia. These dogs can present with internal temperatures as high as 110 F. The normal temperature of the dogs is listed as 100 to 102.5 F. The temperatures outside … read more.

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State, National and World News
Iran says will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections
Thu  Jul 30 2015 01:53PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said … read more.

Great white shark thwarts marathon swim in San Francisco Bay
Thu  Jul 30 2015 01:53PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A great white shark thwarted a Northern California man’s quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands. The Marin Independent Journal reports Thursday that Corte Madera marathon … read more.

Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback; 500 under quarantine
Thu  Jul 30 2015 01:52PM
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities in Sierra Leone are now monitoring more than 500 people after one man died from Ebola in area where the virus had been gone for months. Hassan Abdul Sesay, a member of parliament from … read more.

Senate passes 6-year highway bill, short patch still needed
Thu  Jul 30 2015 01:52PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a long-term transportation bill, but lawmakers still plan to consider a 3-month patch to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states, since the House has left for the August recess. The $350 … read more.

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