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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
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.
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.
Clerk, manager differ over resignation request
Thu  Aug 27 2015 09:34PM
An “irate” city manager asked City Clerk Clara VanBlargan to resign last week, but she refused, according to her attorney Phillip Sigman. Not true, says City Manager Ken Fields. While … read more.
First day for new assistant principal too
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
When Tina Chapman first moved to Polk County nearly a decade ago, she was searching for a hometown with a strong sense of community whose children had an invested love … read more.
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Church looking forward to baseball ‘free agency’
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
In a few weeks, John Church and his wife will pack up their 11-month-old twins and start the long drive across country to go home for the winter. No, the Church family is not a group of snowbirds. He is … read more.

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.

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 a certificate of completion rather than a diploma to walk … read more.

Tax Collector’s Office wins Sterling Award
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
The Tax Collector’s Office for Polk County was recently named a Governor’s Sterling Award recipient. For 23 years, the Sterling Award has recognized organizations and businesses in Florida that have successfully achieved performance excellence within their management and operations. The … read more.

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State, National and World News
Sierra Leone: Officials confirm new Ebola death
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Health officials in Sierra Leone on Sunday confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country’s last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Samples from the body of a 67-year-old woman who … read more.

Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Cairo on Sunday to protest comments he made after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting “false news.” The ministry said in … read more.

Hungary detains 5th suspect in truck deaths of 71 in Austria
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A fifth man suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in neighboring Austria has been detained, Hungarian police said Sunday. The Bulgarian national was arrested on Saturday evening, a … read more.

Nigerian official: Boko Haram trying to hit Lagos
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s Islamic extremist rebels Boko Haram are trying to extend their violent campaign across the country including Lagos, the country largest city, an intelligence official said Sunday There has been a sudden influx of Boko Haram … read more.

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