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Cheers, jeers greet pot debators
Tue  Sep 2 2014 09:39AM
Orlando lawyer John “For the People” Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd squared off Thursday in an Amendment 2 forum that drew both jeers and cheers from the standing … read more.
16 percent of voters turnout for primary
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
Though most voters in Polk County sent in early ballots the results show after Tuesday’s election, only 16 percent of the voters cast ballots in the primary election here. In … read more.
Library without books debuts
Fri  Aug 29 2014 04:24PM
The library opening with the first day of classes at Florida’s newest college features a sunlit arched roof and cozy reading chairs — but not a single book. A fully … read more.
Sellers keeps seat on School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:05AM
With most of Polk County’s election results in hand, it appeared late Tuesday that veteran Polk School Board Member Hazel Sellers would retain her District 3 seat on the School … read more.
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Final reunion marked with memories
Tue  Sep 2 2014 01:00PM
The room in which the final reunion of Ben Hill Griffin employees hummed with activity as a number of women — occasionally aided by the few men present, as well as assisted by some grandchildren and great-grandchildren — busied themselves … read more.

Composer Howard Buss reaches for the stars
Wed  Sep 3 2014 01:00AM
Lakeland composer Dr. Howard J. Buss’ music has been attracting the attention of world-class performers for many years. His 150 published works have been performed in more than 50 countries, and many of them have been recorded on CDs. Although … read more.

Best Places to Work awards ‘takes flight’
Wed  Sep 3 2014 01:00AM
General Manager Christopher Monnot of the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Lakeland spoke to the crowd of more than 800 about the new facility and the operations of Amazon at the CareerSource Polk Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work … read more.

Common poisons, part 1
Wed  Sep 3 2014 01:00AM
There are many items in your house that could be potentially toxic to your pet. Some of these are common things you have around that you may not even know are poisonous; while others you probably know about already. Chocolate. … read more.

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Stocks end mixed, energy shares fall
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. stocks ended mostly lower on Tuesday, retreating from records set the previous month, as falling crude oil prices dragged energy shares down and offset strong manufacturing data. The S&P energy index fell 1.3 percent as … read more.

Frontline marches toward Ukraine port
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) — The war is being fought just over the hills. Civilians have started to flee the city. But the men of the vast Ilyich iron and steel works in the Ukrainain port of Mariupol are still in … read more.

Islamic State beheading
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
DUBAI — The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents … read more.

Bieber charged with assault, dangerous driving in Canada
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
TORONTO (Reuters) — Pop star Justin Bieber was charged with assault and dangerous driving over the weekend after an incident near the small Canadian town where he grew up, one of his lawyers said in a statement on Tuesday. The … read more.

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