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Pelly benefit to wrap up career
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
The poster reads, “Elvis has not left the building … yet,” but unless one marks down Saturday, Aug. 16, it will be too late to catch the king of Elvis … read more.
Polk newspapers earn 17 awards in state contest
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County community newspapers of the Sun Coast Media Group won 17 awards in the Florida Press Association Better Weekly newspaper contest. The papers won four first places for … read more.
Albritton gung-ho promoting Florida
Wed  Jul 16 2014 08:00AM
According to Ben Albritton, who was this month’s guest speaker at the July 15 Tiger Bay of Polk County gathering, the legislature this year did not do very much, which … read more.
Price for Polk Parkway toll to rise for SunPass users
Thu  Jul 10 2014 07:35PM
A little more change will be drawn from SunPass users traveling Florida’s Turnpike and most of the state’s other toll roads and it took effect Tuesday. A 1.5 percent increase … read more.
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Chalet Suzanne to close
Wed  Jul 23 2014 10:50AM
After 83 years, the world-famous Chalet Suzanne Restaurant and Inn, one of Lake Wales signature sites, will be closing its doors on Aug. 3, according to owner Dee Hinshaw. After years of struggling with a declining marketplace for its quirky accommodations … read more.

ALS Association partners with Tampa Bay Rays
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
On Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, Tropicana Field will become Lou Gehrig’s house, when the Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees for the annual ALS Awareness Game at 1:40 p.m. ALS supporters will sit together in a special … read more.

READPolk gains 26 volunteers
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
Twenty-six people showed up Saturday and were trained to become volunteers for READPolk at a workshop held there. That adds to the 130 volunteers trained to teach those with low literacy skills in Polk County. However, getting the word out … read more.

Don’t fear the thunder
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
With the Florida summertime weather pattern, a common complaint I hear from pet owners is that their pets are disruptive or destructive when they hear loud noises like thunder. There are many different classifications of anxiety in pets including thunderstorm, … read more.

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State, National and World News
Florida judge skeptical about fixing map now
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge says he’s “extremely skeptical” about changing the state’s congressional districts before the 2014 elections. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis held a three-hour hearing Thursday to consider what to do after he ruled that current … read more.

Gov: Senator in plagiarism row deserves respect
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he didn’t know that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized parts of his master’s thesis when he appointed the former National Guard general to the Senate earlier this year. The Democratic governor … read more.

Iraqis: Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say Islamic extremist militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah. The residents say the Islamic State militants, who … read more.

Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 7
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza health officials say at least seven people were killed when Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip during clashes with Palestinian militants. Gaza health official … read more.

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