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City, Biosolids meet to address smell issues
Fri  Sep 12 2014 04:34PM
(UPDATE: Tuesday night, the city commission unanimously voted to seek legal means to shut down the Schwing Bioset sludge plant in Fort Meade. The meeting was held too late to … read more.
US 17 crash claims Fort Meade man
Fri  Sep 12 2014 04:32PM
A Fort Meade man lost his life in a one-car accident sometime early last weekend on U.S. 17 south of Bartow. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was … read more.
What to do with the waste
Wed  Sep 10 2014 08:00AM
With hunting season almost here, Polk County’s woods will soon be filled with hunters, bagging their limits in turkey, deer and wild hogs. And, because many bag their limit each … read more.
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.
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Privatizing for subs seems to be working
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:00AM
The Polk County School Board’s test run for privatization of its system for substitute teachers is working. It’s working so well, the board will be asked at its next meeting to make the three-month test an annual contract. Brian Warren, … read more.

Doors start to change in Bartow
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:00AM
There were about 100 people gathered in front of the L.B. Brown House at 7:30 a.m. in Bartow and they were prepared to paint. Doors 2 Change, a nonprofit organization, is a program that helps citizens, businesses, churches, clubs and … read more.

Photographer Ward to give lecture about wildlife
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:00AM
The 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition caught the imagination of conservationists, lovers of nature, and ordinary citizens, as a small team of explorers traveled a thousand miles in a hundred days through the heart of wild Florida. Internationally acclaimed environmental … read more.

Common toxicities in birds
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:00AM
We received a phone call this week from a woman wanting to settle a debate with her husband. The husband wanted to offer their Chihuahua Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, to which the wife objected. She called us to confirm that … read more.

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Stocks end higher as investors await news from Federal Reserve
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose Tuesday as investors waited to find out when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. Stocks flitted between gains and losses through most of the morning, then turned broadly higher in the … read more.

Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country’s rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to … read more.

US ground troops in Iraq possible
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama’s … read more.

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:19AM
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and ’90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold. Gangs from coast to coast have toned down … read more.

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