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Girl follows family tradition
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Thousands of people crowded the Polk County Youth Fair grounds on Sunday, filling the arena for the market hog shows. Hogs were lined up row by row in the barn … read more.
A new kind of school going up
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
The newest Polk County school, to be built in the Four Corners area of northeast Polk, will be a departure from most county schools. The new school will be three … read more.
Judge clears way for same-sex marriages
Wed  Jan 7 2015 08:30AM
Pointing to his earlier “explicit ruling that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional,’’ a federal judge ruled late last week. He issued an order that likely clears the way for … read more.
First baby of the year
Sun  Jan 4 2015 08:33AM
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Borgia named interim president
Tue  Dec 30 2014 03:57PM
The United Way of Central Florida has someone running the place, temporarily at least. That someone isn’t just anyone. It’s Penny Borgia, who has been the chief operating officer for the last eight years and has been with the agency … read more.

Urine troubles, what to look for
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:30AM
Because most pets live inside our houses, it is important for them to be house trained. We expect our dogs to tell us when they need to go outside to do their business. And we want our cats to use … read more.

Year in Review: Polk County
Wed  Dec 31 2014 08:30AM
Election 2014 The overwhelming defeat of a sales tax to help bus service and road maintenance and two of the three school board incumbents winning their elections ranked as the top Polk County story in 2014. Also the defeat of … read more.

Legoland Florida hotel built for kids to open in spring
Wed  Jan 21 2015 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN (AP) — Legoland Florida Hotel will welcome its first guests a month earlier than previously expected. During an announcement Thursday, Legoland executives announced May 15 as the revised opening date. The theme park will move its model-building workshop … read more.

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NASA remembering 17 astronauts killed in the line of duty
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth. For Robert “Hoot” Gibson, it’s a time to … read more.

A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
MIAMI (AP) — For all the danger posed to Florida’s Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there’s one thing researchers don’t want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory. The … read more.

Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
SEATTLE (AP) — For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades. They say the orca … read more.

Survivalist pleads not guilty in ambush killing
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for … read more.

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