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Price is right on to take talent show
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:12AM
Practice may not make Sebring High School freshman Nala Price perfect, but it has put another $1,000 in her pocket. Price, a two-time division winner in Heartland Idol, took home … read more.
Shafer leaving Highlanders for Warner football post
Thu  Apr 3 2014 11:59PM
For the second time in his career, Lake Wales football coach Rod Shafer will be leaving the Highlanders to join a local fledgling college program. Shafer will take over as … read more.
Citrus commission changing its public approach
Sat  Apr 5 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Citrus Commission, at least for now, is getting out of the television advertising business. For decades a staple of the group’s yearly budget, millions previously spent to promote … read more.
Fourth graders take in farming
Wed  Mar 12 2014 08:00AM
For the 26th time, some 6,000 Polk County elementary school fourth-grade students jammed the Stuart Center on U.S. 17 in Bartow for the annual agriculture incursion program, Agri-Fest, where the … read more.
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The ultimate love story
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
Arno and Myrtle Birdsong undoubtedly always knew what their final words to each other would be. They just probably hadn’t imagined how they would be delivered. After 71 years of marriage — compassionate, caring companions to each other to the … read more.

Benton named new Bulldogs football coach
Wed  Jan 29 2014 02:49PM
There will be a new but familiar face on the football sidelines at Faris Brannen Stadium this fall, but it will be on the sidelines, not the playing field this time. Shannon Benton has been named the new Bulldogs coach, … read more.

Ross: Party cooperation among state reps good
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
Where it concerns Polk County, its four representatives — three Republicans and one Democrat — reach across the aisle and work together, claimed U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, in his opening remarks to the Polk County Tiger Bay Club on … read more.

Florida Polytechnic selects first president
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM
A North Carolina State administrator is set to become Florida Polytechnic University’s first president. The school announced Monday that its presidential search committee has selected Randy K. Avent, who currently serves as associate vice chancellor of research development at North … read more.

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Stocks close higher
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data. Major U.S. stock indexes notched their third day of gains … read more.

Pro-Russian gunmen advance in Ukraine
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:19AM
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero’s welcome. Responding to what it sees … read more.

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:15AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, … read more.

Armed robber was never told to report to prison, so he didn’t
Thu  Apr 17 2014 01:19AM
ST. LOUIS — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and was told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. … read more.

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