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Charley roared 10 years ago
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
• Gov. Bush at the helm for Charley, Page 22 It was 10 years ago on Friday, Aug. 13, when Hurricane Charley came ashore, took a right turn into Charlotte … read more.
Not your daddy’s STEM program
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
• Lofty goals for new Florida Polytechnic University, Page 13 It was a chance of a lifetime that Florida Polytechnic University’s new president couldn’t pass up. “To open a new … read more.
Elvis’ final show to benefit area family
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
While the Monk Pelly Elvis Tribute show that takes place Saturday, Aug. 16 at Theatre Winter Haven will be a tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, it will … read more.
Gary Hester appointed Deputy County Manager
Wed  Aug 13 2014 08:00AM
County Manager Jim Freeman appointed Gary W. Hester to a newly created deputy county manager position, pending confirmation by the Board of County Commissioners at its Aug. 19 board meeting. … read more.
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Students may skip a grade more easily
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
For parents who want their kids to skip a grade in school or take accelerated classes, the Polk County School Board recently made it a little easier when it OK’d a rewrite of the student progression plan. Approved unanimously at … read more.

Shirah, Shoemaker present candidacy to Tiger Bay
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Why are Ricky Shirah and Ed Shoemaker running for the District 40 Florida House Seat? Because they care and each of them wants to make a difference, so said each as they answered the first question posed at the Monday, … read more.

Raw meat-based diets
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Over the many years I have been associated with feed management of a multitude of species of animals, I have had the most issues with raw diets. Large carnivors (tigers, lions, leopards … etc.) are typically fed a raw meat … read more.

Polytechnic, Mosaic partner to support students, research
Wed  Aug 6 2014 02:52PM
Although its phosphate mining has come to an end in the county, Mosaic is beginning a new relationship with Polk’s newest university. In a formal signing ceremony held Friday, Aug. 1 at Florida Polytechnic University’s Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research … read more.

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Beheading spurs attacks
Thu  Aug 21 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against Islamic State extremists Wednesday and weighed sending more troops to Iraq as President Barack Obama vowed to be relentless in pursuit of the terrorist group that beheaded an … read more.

Stocks advance for third day, despite Fed minutes
Thu  Aug 21 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose for a third straight day Wednesday despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. In … read more.

Holder says he understands mistrust of police
Thu  Aug 21 2014 01:19AM
ST. LOUIS — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped … read more.

Partisan clash over Florida map
Thu  Aug 21 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida judge is once again considering what to do in the next round of a lengthy and partisan-tinged battle over Florida’s congressional districts. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis held a three-hour hearing Wednesday over whether to approve a … read more.

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