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Oil spill settlement coming soon
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board learned this week that the $1.5 million in BP oil spill reparations will be heading into their coffers earlier than expected, but they haven’t decided … read more.
Consultant: Rezoning will ease overcrowding
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board Tuesday decided to consider a contract with an Ohio consulting firm to lay the ground work for a countywide rezoning of school attendance areas which … read more.
How to do business with with school system
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board wants to work with local businesses; actually, it’s more than a “want.” “Their desire is to do more business with local businesses,” said Sylvia Blackman-Roberts, … read more.
Roundtable: Service has to be paid for
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Fire assessment fees have been hot buttons for municipal governments across Polk County as elected officials wrestle with budgets and look for ways to economize without cutting services. Lakeland recently … read more.
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‘Bring the World Home’ through student exchange
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
Have you ever wondered how to bring a bit of the world home? iE-USA can help do that. International Experience USA is a non-profit high school student exchange organization approved by the U.S. Department of State and can place international … read more.

Heartland papers wins 16 state press awards
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Of the 16 awards the Sun’s Polk County newspapers were given from the Florida Press Association, 10 were for first place, three were second place and three were third place. The awards were announced Friday, July 24 at the annual … read more.

Broadband plan wins national award
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The Central Florida Regional Planning Council, along with partner planning councils Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council received the Major Metro Achievement Award presented by the National Association of Regional Councils for the Florida Local/Regional … read more.

Nowhere to go yet
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
Seven days after the Florida Department of Citrus executive director was pulled over in Lakeland and charged with DUI that led to his resignation, the commission decided not to make a decision as to how to replace him. In the … read more.

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State, National and World News
US stocks lower; energy stocks slump
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed modestly lower Friday as oil titans Exxon Mobil and Chevron led a slump in energy stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 56.12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,689.86. The Standard & Poor’s 500 … read more.

US wage growth falls to slow pace in 2nd quarter
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn’t lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus … read more.

’Gut-wrenching’ decision: Search for teens suspended
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard’s search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys … read more.

2nd Australian surfer fights off shark attack
Fri  Jul 31 2015 11:48PM
(CNN) — A second Australian surfer has warded off a shark attack by punching the predator after it bit his leg, police in New South Wales said Friday. The 52-year-old man — named in local media as Craig Ison — … read more.

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