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Pot plant getting ready to grow
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
A plan to grow medical marijuana in a sprawling, empty Lake Wales building complex is apparently very much back on, after it appeared to be a no go last fall … read more.
Holiday closings
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
Bartow City Hall: Closed Friday, July 3 Bartow Public Library: Closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 Bartow garbage collection: Monday’s and Tuesday’s schedules will remain the same. Thursday’s … read more.
Remembering Pierce
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
Dozens of older Polk County residents crowded the 1908 Courtroom at the Polk History Center Saturday to remember where they once lived, worked and played — a place that has … read more.
Pioneers honored at ceremony
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
Joseph F. Darby Sr. and Bud Ennis were honored at the 41st Pioneer Luncheon Thursday for their contributions to Polk County and interviews with them will be on available at … read more.
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Helping to ease the jurors
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:21AM
Being called for jury duty can and often is an intimidating experience for many, said Stacy Butterfield, who heads the Clerk of the Courts department. So she, Taylor Benson, who handles public information responsibilities for the department, and Tina Hill, … read more.

Board cuts meetings to once a month
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:11AM
The Polk County School Board decided last week to cut its formal meetings to one per month. It also opted to cancel an in-house school at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Villa located east of Bartow on State Road 60 and … read more.

Citizen’s guide to county finances available
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
Updated information on the county’s financial state is now available in the latest Popular Annual Financial Report prepared by Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller Stacy Butterfield. The report provides citizens with a brief analysis of … read more.

Rabies cases don’t indicate problem
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
The fact that the first three cases of rabies were confirmed in Polk County in the last five weeks does not mean something more serious is afoot. Warmer weather could be a cause for cases, but that may only mean … read more.

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State, National and World News
America celebrates
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:19AM
Parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music ushered in the Fourth of July as the United States marked 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday. Here were some highlights of Independence Day celebrations: Music on national mall Heavy … read more.

McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan withdrawal
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:19AM
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration’s current plan to draw down U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country’s capital. The Republican told … read more.

Girl dies when sturgeon jumps into boat
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:19AM
LAKE CITY, Fla. — A 5-year-old Florida girl died after a sturgeon leaped into her boat along the Suwannee River and struck her. Wildlife officials said Jaylon Rippy died after being struck Thursday night. Her mother and 9-year-old brother were … read more.

Matt Stonie outgobbles Chestnut in Coney Island hot dog contest
Sun  Jul 5 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey “Jaws” Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory. … read more.

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