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Clerk’s office earns first accreditation
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:30AM
Polk County Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield reports the Clerk’s Department of Inspector General earned its first accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The CFA approved the … read more.
Bone Valley ATV Park opening tomorrow
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
Rugged trails and family amenities await riders at the opening of the Bone Valley ATV Park tomorrow, Feb. 19. The long-awaited park at 10427 County Road 630 west of Fort … read more.
67th Annual Youth Fair
Fri  Feb 13 2015 01:26PM
Mild or spicy, chili cooked on chilly day
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
The chili warming up the Stuart Center Wednesday afternoon ranged from a football style to a trip back to the 1960s, and from elderly women cooking to those in hunting … read more.
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Girl follows family tradition
Tue  Feb 3 2015 11:11AM
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 while competitors herded their porcine charges through the show ring, … read more.

Microchips: The evolution of pet identification
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:30AM
In the 1980s I had my first experience with microchips as an identification of emus. These large flightless birds were hard to tell apart and leg bands were dangerous to apply and hard to read. I started placing microchips in … read more.

FPRA recruits vols to help media at fly-in
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
For the seventh consecutive year, the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is recruiting volunteers for media relations duty at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo. The Fly-In is scheduled April 21-26 at Lakeland … read more.

There are special days for pets too
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
We, as humans, have lots of holidays. But did you know there were special days for our pets, too? Now, some of our holidays are serious and have great meaning, and some are a bit more greeting card days. The … read more.

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State, National and World News
Legislature launches 2015 session
Wed  Mar 4 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Republican-led Florida Legislature kicked off its annual session Tuesday with the usual pomp, but the celebratory nature was overshadowed by lingering questions about the state budget, tax cuts and health care. The two GOP legislators in … read more.

US stocks fall broadly
Wed  Mar 4 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell from record highs on Tuesday and the Nasdaq dropped below 5,000 a day after passing that milestone for the first time since the dot-com era 15 years ago. The losses were modest but … read more.

‘A very bad deal’
Wed  Mar 4 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily … read more.

Congress OKs Homeland funding
Wed  Mar 4 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. Obama promised to sign the bill as … read more.

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