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Cheers, jeers greet pot debators
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
Orlando lawyer John “For the People” Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd squared off Thursday in an Amendment 2 forum that drew both jeers and cheers from the standing … read more.
16 percent of voters turnout for primary
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
Though most voters in Polk County sent in early ballots the results show after Tuesday’s election, only 16 percent of the voters cast ballots in the primary election here. In … read more.
Library without books debuts
Fri  Aug 29 2014 04:24PM
The library opening with the first day of classes at Florida’s newest college features a sunlit arched roof and cozy reading chairs — but not a single book. A fully … read more.
Sellers keeps seat on School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:05AM
With most of Polk County’s election results in hand, it appeared late Tuesday that veteran Polk School Board Member Hazel Sellers would retain her District 3 seat on the School … read more.
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Helms wins Group 16 judicial seat
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
In the end it came down to who voters felt most comfortable with in the race for the opening on the bench of 10th Circuit Group 16, and certain credentials that had been ballyhooed may not have been enough to … read more.

Man charged in 27-year-old murder
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
A 64-year-old Sandusky, Ohio, man was arrested Thursday by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for first-degree murder in a 27-year-old case. Carl Junior McCauley was booked into the Erie County Jail and will be extradited to Polk County to face … read more.

Incumbent Harris wins District 7 school board seat
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Incumbent Tim Harris of Lakeland, Polk County School board member running for the District 7 school board seat, won his third term with 53.75 percent of the vote in 162 of 167 precincts at press time Tuesday night in a … read more.

Third time is a charm for Wilson
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Lynn Wilson beat incumbent Debra Wright in a close race for the four-year Polk County School Board District 6. Serving southeast Polk County including Lake Wales, Frostproof and Eagle Lake, the seat pays an annual salary of $40,135. Celebrating with … read more.

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F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran … read more.

Sinkhole that proved popular at Corvette Museum will be filled
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — A sinkhole that swallowed eight cars inside the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky will be filled even though it has become a tourist attraction that sharply increased attendance and revenue, the museum’s board decided on Saturday. The board … read more.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops this year’s box office universe
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) — The “Guardians of the Galaxy” misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over the U.S. Labor Day weekend, soaring past fellow Marvel hero “Captain America” to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2014. “Guardians” rang … read more.

Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama’s comment on Thursday when … read more.

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