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Judge, county races getting controversial
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Whether it was the opportunity to hear the candidates make stump speeches extolling their reasons why they should be elected, or just the opportunity to scarf down free hot dogs … read more.
Edwards among the top 5 Emerging Leaders
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
It was a night of cheers and a night of tears at this year’s Emerging Leaders Awards ceremony held Aug. 16 at the Bartow Civic Center. The annual event is … read more.
Candidates face the union
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Last week, 10 of 11 candidates seeking a seat on the Polk County School Board answered to the teachers as the Polk Education Association hosted a forum in Winter Haven. … read more.
Plans said to be in motion
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
<p class="SCMG-BodyCopy">Five of Polk County’s middle schools last week held meetings with parents and their communities as new steps are being implemented to raise the school grades from near-failing.</p> <p class="SCMG-BodyCopy">The … read more.
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Universal contest open to all Polk voters
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
The Aug. 30 Primary Election ballot will feature a Universal Primary race, according to Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. All voters, regardless of party affiliation, will have the opportunity to vote in the Republican primary contest for Polk County Commission … read more.

Legacy of love
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
After receiving a scholarship to attend the Mark O’Connor Music Camp last year, 15-year-old Alma Bamaca Valesquez knows first-hand what it means to be one of Sandy’s MusicGirls as she performed at the second MusicGirl Summer Workshop on July 29-30. … read more.

Care Center center of downtown development discussion
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Promoting economic development will involve major players such as the Lake Wales Care Center cooperating with other residents and businesses to create a strategic economic plan for the city. Such was the subject of discussion among the Lake Wales City … read more.

Vanguard starts 50th year with new principal
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
For the past 50 years, Vanguard School in Lake Wales has been facilitating students with special needs, helping them achieve academic success by overcoming their limitations. Such an inspirational school requires an equally inspirational individual to keep it going for … read more.

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Police: Man robbed, killed after bowling date set up online
Wed  Aug 24 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — A man who took a woman bowling after meeting through an online dating site was fatally shot the next night when she returned with three other men and a gun, police said Tuesday. Adam Hilarie, 27, was shot … read more.

Teen survives rare amoeba infection that kills most people
Wed  Aug 24 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — A South Florida boy has survived a rare brain-eating amoeba that kills most people, aided in part because a hard-to-get drug to fight the infection is made by a company in Orlando where he was hospitalized, doctors said … read more.

San Diego Zoo euthanizes 50-year-old elephant
Tue  Aug 23 2016 11:42PM
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Zoo says it has had to put down a 50-year-old Asian elephant suffering from old age. Zoo officials told The San Diego Union Tribune the male elephant suddenly became weak Tuesday and did … read more.

Obama vows support for Louisiana after the ‘cameras leave’
Tue  Aug 23 2016 11:41PM
ZACHARY, La. (AP) — Standing amid piles of waterlogged debris, President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana “even after the TV cameras leave” on a visit aimed in part at stemming campaign-season … read more.

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