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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Roundtable: Service has to be paid for
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Fire assessment fees have been hot buttons for municipal governments across Polk County as elected officials wrestle with budgets and look for ways to economize without cutting services. Lakeland recently … read more.
Heartland papers wins 16 state press awards
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Of the 16 awards the Sun’s Polk County newspapers were given from the Florida Press Association, 10 were for first place, three were second place and three were third place. … read more.
Broadband plan wins national award
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The Central Florida Regional Planning Council, along with partner planning councils Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council received the Major Metro Achievement Award presented by … read more.
Nowhere to go yet
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
Seven days after the Florida Department of Citrus executive director was pulled over in Lakeland and charged with DUI that led to his resignation, the commission decided not to make … read more.
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School taxes go down a little
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board is expected Tuesday to rubber stamp the 15/16 school year $791.4 million budget that drops ad valorem taxes by a smidgen during a pubic hearing at the board’s offices in Bartow. The board OK’d a decrease … read more.

Hot dogs
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Every year we have cases of dogs (rarely cats) presented with hyperthermia. These dogs can present with internal temperatures as high as 110 F. The normal temperature of the dogs is listed as 100 to 102.5 F. The temperatures outside … read more.

Legoland in Lake Wales, kind of
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:30AM
Legoland is coming to Lake Wales. Not the whole theme park, of course, but The News has learned the entertainment giant is planning to move a new operation into the former Harley Davidson dealership at the Longleaf Business Park on … read more.

Rabies case reported in Frostproof
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:30AM
Polk County’s fourth rabies case of 2015 is the second on the Ridge this year. At approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control members responded to the 700 block of North Palm Avenue in … read more.

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State, National and World News
Trump continues to dangle 3rd party prospect
Wed  Jul 29 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is running for president as a Republican, and he says that won’t change — so long as he’s “treated fairly.” If not, the billionaire real-estate mogul and reality TV star could mount a third-party run … read more.

US indexes advance on earnings
Wed  Jul 29 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Global stocks steadied and U.S. markets advanced Tuesday, as investors were encouraged by strong results from UPS, Ford and other big companies. The recovery comes after five straight days of losses for U.S. indexes. It’s not … read more.

Family finds $1M in gold
Wed  Jul 29 2015 01:19AM
SEBASTIAN, Fla. — The night before her treasure-hunting family discovered $1 million worth of Spanish gold off central Florida’s Atlantic coast last month, Hillary Schmitt had a premonition they were going to find something big. “I’m like, ‘What is this … read more.

Coast Guard search for missing teens intensifies
Tue  Jul 28 2015 10:42PM
(CNN) — In the warm waters off Florida this time of year, the Coast Guard says, someone can survive four, maybe five days. Florida teens Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos have been missing since Friday — four days and counting. … read more.

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