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Cranking down the radio
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
It was not too loud in the Polk County Commission chambers on Tuesday when commissioners heard citizens complain about loud radios and how it affects their quality of life. In … read more.
Not a happy Christmas
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
What could possible be among the best ideas for Christmas shopping? To two Lake Wales residents with robbery convictions on their records, it is stealing from Walmart. Despite the plan … read more.
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.
Frostproof 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 the transportation referendum defeat last month, the county’s lone bus route to Frostproof is safe. That’s … read more.
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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.

Clerk: No same sex marriage license in Polk
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
Until the issue of same sex marriage is resolved, Stacy Butterfield, who heads up Polk County’s Clerk of the Courts and Comptrollers office has stated she will not issue any licenses permitting same sex marriages in Polk County. “I have … 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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‘Hobbit’ goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. “The Hobbit: The Battle … read more.

Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Tampa … read more.

Sharpton denounces violence against police
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. He also says angry rhetoric that somehow blames protesters or Mayor Bill de Blasio for creating the … read more.

Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Sunday the authorities have picked up several … read more.

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