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Feds reach $2B settlement with Mosaic
Sat  Oct 3 2015 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE — After decades of environmental damage caused by hill-sized piles of acidic hazardous waste in Florida and Louisiana, one of the world’s largest fertilizer makers has settled a massive … read more.
Reception unveils new exhibit
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
When Myrtice Young, Historical Preservation Manager of the Polk County History Center, came across a memoir written by the now-late Honorable John H. Dewell, she reached out to the Hon. … read more.
Heath drops out of race for BOCC
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
Rennie Heath has dropped out of the race for the seat County Commissioner Edwin V. Smith holds but and will term out at the end of this year. That leaves … read more.
‘Garden of virtue’ remembered
Wed  Sep 30 2015 08:30AM
Proverbs 31 details the qualities found within a virtuous woman. For many Fort Meade residents, these qualities were exemplified within the life of former teacher Lorraine Cliett Young. For this … read more.
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Retired Judge Doyel to run for state House seat
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
Retired circuit judge and author Robert Doyel announced Monday he is a candidate for Florida House of Representatives District 41. The Democrat and resident of Winter Haven filed paperwork with the Division of Elections last week. Doyel has a solid … read more.

Sign Shop & More opens on Broadway in Fort Meade
Wed  Sep 30 2015 08:30AM
Giant scissors of gold glimmered in the afternoon sun as they cut away the scarlet ribbon for the ribbon cutting ceremony and official grand opening of The Sign Shop & More. More than a dozen residents, including those from the … read more.

Millage doesn’t rise, but taxes do
Wed  Sep 30 2015 08:30AM
There’s good news and bad news concerning next year’s budget. The good news is that residents will not pay more in property taxes. The bad news is that they will inevitably pay more in wastewater rates. Fort Meade City Commissioners … read more.

Clean it ip program going to Connersville, Gordon Heights
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
Keep Polk County Beautiful Inc. in partnership with Polk County Board of County Commissioners is bringing their “Clean It Up to Green It Up” Program to the Connersville and Gordon Heights communities on Saturday, Oct. 10. This program will provide … read more.

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Report details ordeal of 4 firefighters trapped by blaze
Mon  Oct 5 2015 08:58PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four California firefighters were in serious trouble almost immediately after a helicopter dropped them near ground zero of what they thought would be a small blaze. The wind picked up dramatically and unexpectedly, turning the small … read more.

Pilot dies during American Airlines flight
Mon  Oct 5 2015 08:58PM
(CNN) — Medical emergencies are rare, but hardly unprecedented in commercial flights. It’s far less common when they involve the plane’s pilot — and that pilot dies. That’s what happened Monday on an American Airlines flight between Phoenix and Boston, … read more.

Mexican judge frees 4 of 7 suspects in army slayings
Mon  Oct 5 2015 08:58PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican judge ruled there is insufficient evidence to try four of the seven soldiers charged in the 2014 killing of 22 gang suspects, some of whom were apparently shot after they surrendered. Only one soldier … read more.

United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal
Mon  Oct 5 2015 08:58PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Having hammered out an ambitious trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim countries, the Obama administration now faces a potentially tougher task: selling the deal to a skeptical Congress. The countries reached a contentious trade pact Monday that … read more.

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