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Holiday closings
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
These places are closed for Christmas and New Year’s: The Polk County Courthouse: Closed Dec. 25 and 26, Jan. 1 The Polk County Public School: Closed Dec. 22-Jan. 4. School … read more.
A Fort Meade Christmas
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
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Fort Meade bus service shouldn’t be affected
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
While there are cuts coming to Polk’s mass transit system in the wake of a transportation referendum defeat last month, the county’s lone bus route to Fort Meade is apparently safe. That’s the word from Polk Transit Executive Director Tom … read more.

School safety expanded
Wed  Dec 10 2014 08:30AM
In Polk County, Safe Schools doesn’t just mean grammar and high schools, now it means colleges, too. In a recent expansion of its Safe Schools program and the creation of a new division, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office added contracts … read more.


New rule: No weapons before students
Tue  Nov 18 2014 03:16PM
In the wake of last week’s ‘hard lockdown’ drill at a Winter Haven middle school where school police officers had guns drawn while students were present, the Polk school district has sent a directive to all agencies that provide the … read more.

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Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a central Florida Walmart store so his friend could steal toys. The men — 30-year-old Tarus Scott and 27-year-old Genard Dupree — were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Legion of Honor medal winners honored
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Two 89-year-old veterans of World War II were honored at a reception after receiving France’s Legion of Honor medals. Herbert Brucker and Linwood “Nemo” Farmer received their medals in earlier and were guests of honor … read more.

SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week’s planned launch of an unmanned supply capsule until January. … read more.

Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana’s chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and leaders across … read more.

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