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How to ‘weather’ the storm
Sat  Aug 29 2015 11:26AM
Although the possibility exists Tropical Storm Erika may be upgraded to hurricane status, and at press time its direction had turned westward the likelihood it will hit Florida is uncertain, … read more.
Drop out rate falls to lowest level in 12 years
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Shortly after learning that Polk Schools dropout rates have dropped to their lowest in 12 years, the Polk County School board wrestled with whether to allow students who only earn … read more.
Here she is … for the foreseeable future
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Mark Jackson came straight to the point as to why a press conference was called at the Lakeland Center YouKey Theater. Jackson is the director of the Polk County’s Tourism … read more.
Making a difference
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
About 28 volunteers recently RSVP’d to a call for Tale Tellers in public schools. Tale Tellers are senior volunteers who are willing to spend 30 minutes a week reading to … read more.
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Election HQ to stay in Bartow
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
The Supervisor of Elections Office main office will remain in Bartow, though counting the votes and filing of papers will likely be in the new office that is planned to be open for business by the end of the year. … read more.

Fri  Aug 28 2015 02:30PM

Tickets on sale for FCA banquet
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Former Florida State University head football coach is the guest speaker at this year’s Florida Christian Athlete’s banquet. Tickets for the event are currently on sale. The banquet is scheduled at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Lakeland Center exhibit … read more.

The day she made it rain in Frostproof
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
The date was February 1939. Central Florida had been experiencing drought conditions for the past four months. Most areas hadn’t received any rain since the previous October. A woman by the name of Lillie Stoate arrived from Mississippi after writing … read more.

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Turkish jets join US-led coalition in airstrikes
Sun  Aug 30 2015 01:19AM
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkey announced on Saturday. A Foreign Ministry statement said the jets began attacking IS … read more.

Monkey business abounds at Dania Beach
Sun  Aug 30 2015 01:19AM
DANIA BEACH (AP) — For half a century, they have haunted the swampy forests east of Federal Highway. The Dania Beach monkeys, African vervet monkeys thought to have been released by an old tourist attraction in the 1950s, beg bananas, … read more.

Rival Koreas set date for talks preparing family reunions
Sun  Aug 30 2015 01:19AM
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea on Saturday set a meeting to prepare for more reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The first preparatory talk will be held between the countries’ Red Cross officials … read more.

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