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Traviss has come a long way
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
Things have changed, from an agricultural and mechanical focus to today’s high tech world, through it all Traviss Career Center has kept up with the times and Thursday celebrated 50 … read more.
Forum addresses hunger in the county
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
The Polk Vision Quality of Life Task Force held a LEAD (Learn-Engage-Assess-Discuss) forum on hunger in Polk County at the Board of County Commissioner building on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Participating … read more.
Florida’s Natural commits $10 million to tree program
Wed  Sep 24 2014 03:52PM
Amid the ever-growing bank of dark clouds that continues to hang over Florida’s citrus industry, a couple of rays of sunshine broke through last week. Locally, Citrus World, parent to … read more.
Revenge is sweet, and important, in Miner district win
Wed  Sep 24 2014 03:52PM
Revenge isn’t always just sweet, in the case of the Fort Meade Miners, a win over Tampa Catholic Friday night was important too. “Finally got the big monkey off our … read more.
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Extension office marks 100 years
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
Dozens of people came to the Stuart Center in Bartow Saturday to mark the centennial celebration of the Agriculture Extension Service which was established in 1914 by the Smith-Lever Act. The law is designed as a partnership of the U.S. … read more.

Dancing the night away
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
They put on their dancing shoes and packed the house at the Lakeland Civic Center for the fifth annual Stepping Out for Education gala Friday to raise money for the Polk Education Foundation. The six celebrity dancers, all Polk County … read more.

TaxWatch Voter Guide analyzes amendments
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
A voter guide detailing the 2014 proposed constitutional amendments is available from Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit think tank and government watchdog examining government spending. The nonpartisan guide is a resource for Florida voters which analyzes each of the three proposals … read more.

Election forums this month
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
The League of Women Voters of Polk County has organized election year forums to help voters familiarize themselves with the issues and candidates they will vote on in the Nov. 4 general election. At 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 candidates … read more.

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First US Ebola case
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
DALLAS — Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa. … read more.

S&P loses ground in September
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Major indexes drifted to a slight loss, leaving the Standard & Poor’s 500 down 1.6 percent for September, its third monthly … read more.

Tremors raise concern at Japan volcano
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
KISO, Japan (AP) — Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still … read more.

Islamic State may be wary of upsetting Turkey
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
SILOPI, Turkey — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 620-mile fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle’s door. “IS took over last night,” the power plant’s … read more.

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