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Adult Day Care Center to go up for sale
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
In the hope of trying to get some money out of it, Polk County has decided to sell the Adult Day Care Center in Lake Wales. It will be using … read more.
Writing tests thwarted by computer glitches
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
Last week wasn’t a bed of roses for many Polk County students faced with state mandated computer based tests who had to deal with myriad computer glitches before they could … read more.
Youth Villa open house to draw hundreds
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
Next Saturday, March 14, hundreds of visitors will head to the Sheriff’s Youth Villa on State Road 60, east of Bartow, for the residential site’s annual open house. Founded in … read more.
If Florida citrus needs a hero, it needs one right now
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
A month after posting the best results in seven months, U.S. orange juice sales posted its biggest decline in nearly three years. The disappointing sales results came just before the … read more.
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Student creates award-winning invention
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
Christian Herman, 13, is proof that innovation can occur at any age. The Lakeland Christian School seventh grader has invented a pencil grip that helps children improve their handwriting skills — and he’s done it with a little help from … read more.

Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival begins April 8
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
Polk State College’s second Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival, a whirlwind event featuring local and international talent, kicks off April 8. “The caliber of entertainment we’re bringing to the area this year — you’re going to have to come out … read more.

Inmates paint VISTE
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office weekend work program inmates painted the VISTE building at 1232 East Magnolia in Lakeland last weekend. The project is free to VISTE and represents a thank you from PCSO members, the Sherwin Williams Company for … read more.

Flea season is upon us: Time to protect your pets
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
The sunny, warm weather here in Florida is no doubt something we all enjoy, including fleas. Fleas thrive in warm, humid environments with temperatures around 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Dogs play host to the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis), whose dark brown … read more.

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US stocks ease for 2nd day
Wed  Apr 1 2015 10:34PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A batch of discouraging economic news deepened investors’ concerns about corporate earnings, pulling major U.S. stock indexes down on Wednesday for the second day in a row. The modest slide cut the Standard & Poor’s 500 … read more.

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges
Wed  Apr 1 2015 10:34PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend … read more.

Meet the world’s newest oldest person
Wed  Apr 1 2015 10:34PM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas woman who became the world’s oldest person Wednesday wants President Barack Obama to attend her 117th birthday party this Fourth of July. At 116, Gertrude Weaver was already the oldest person in America. With … read more.

Duke University investigates noose on campus
Wed  Apr 1 2015 10:34PM
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke officials said Wednesday that they are trying to find out who hung a noose outside a building that houses several offices, including those focused on diversity. Officials say the rope tied into a noose was … read more.

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