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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Currently no need to panic in Polk re: Zika
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
In light of Florida’s governor last week urging caution and a health emergency declared in four counties in Florida because of the Zika virus, the fear of it is not … read more.
Hope Now trying to salvage itself
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Hope Now is busy this week trying to find programs for its remaining clients and hoping to ward off complete closure after the Polk County Commission canceled its contract last … read more.
West Frostproof fire station gets upgrade
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Polk County Fire Rescue’s new West Frostproof fire station is getting an equipment upgrade that could prove to be a life saver. The station, located last year at the county … read more.
Volunteer fire department wins out in Frostproof
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Frostproof’s volunteer fire department, will continue to provide its fire protection services now that the city has voted to keep it. At their regular meeting Monday evening, Frostproof City Council … read more.
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Chalkboard special
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Pizza, green beans, applesauce, the lunch menu at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School was pretty routine last Friday. But the school helped cook up something super special for third-grader Jayda Miller. It was a normal day for the youngster, … read more.

Developer plans major concert venue
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Triple Canopy Ranch, a 411-acre site 15 miles east of Lake Wales that in the past has hosted mud race events, is being transformed into a major concert facility that could attract as many as 50,000 fans, according to the … read more.

SyFy Bartow to contest you
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
On Feb. 20 you will see people strolling Main Street looking like aliens, superheroes and cosplayers and if only seeing them one time isn’t enough, get out to Fun Friday the night before for a preview. At 7 p.m., the costume … read more.

Last call Valentine’s Day group wedding
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Registration closes Thursday, Feb. 11, to participate in the Polk County Clerk of Courts & Comptroller Valentine’s Group Wedding. The unique wedding hosted by Clerk & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Polk County History … read more.

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State, National and World News
Ex-students say boarding school kept them in isolation boxes
Sat  Feb 13 2016 03:28PM
By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is being investigated by the FBI routinely kept pupils in small concrete “isolation boxes” for days or weeks and wouldn’t … read more.

Noise harder on children than adults, hinders how they learn
Sat  Feb 13 2016 03:08PM
By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child’s brain than an adult’s, and new research shows it can … read more.

’Finally’: Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — With an exclamation of “Finally,” Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic … read more.

Alabama woman convicted in girl’s running death dies
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By JAY REEVES Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing. Joyce Hardin Garrard, … read more.

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