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Snails spread to Polk
Sat  Oct 10 2015 08:30AM
The rapid spread of a snail that hails from South America has reached Polk County, as houses in the Square Lake subdivision of Bartow have been “invaded” by them. “When … read more.
Businesses keeping Main Street humming
Sat  Oct 10 2015 08:30AM
It’s an exciting time taking place on the 100 block of East Main Street, currently abuzz with activity, as two new businesses, Enchanted Dreams Boutique and Urban Oak, will soon … read more.
Parents: Bring back recess
Sat  Oct 10 2015 01:19AM
The Polk County School Board is looking at how to restore recess to the county’s elementary schools after the Tuesday board meeting where a dozen mothers petitioned the board to … read more.
Mr. Bartow
Sat  Oct 10 2015 08:30AM
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On to Singapore
Sat  Oct 3 2015 10:32AM
It isn’t “America’s Got Talent,” but for Bartowan Jeff Edwards, winning the Karaoke World Championship competition, first in a preliminary competition in Plant City, then the Nationals, which was held in Little Rock, Ark., will now have him traveling in … read more.

Feds reach $2B settlement with Mosaic
Sat  Oct 3 2015 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE — After decades of environmental damage caused by hill-sized piles of acidic hazardous waste in Florida and Louisiana, one of the world’s largest fertilizer makers has settled a massive federal lawsuit that amounts to nearly $2 billion in fixes, … read more.

Reception unveils new exhibit
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
When Myrtice Young, Historical Preservation Manager of the Polk County History Center, came across a memoir written by the now-late Honorable John H. Dewell, she reached out to the Hon. Michael E. Raiden. “She asked me if I had ever … read more.

Avent installed at first Poly president
Sat  Oct 10 2015 08:30AM
Florida Polytechnic University installed its first president, Dr. Randy K. Avent, at an inauguration ceremony Thursday morning on campus. The event honored Avent, and celebrated the university’s inaugural year achievements, including the opening of the iconic Innovation, Science and Technology … read more.

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Pumpkins available for Halloween but maybe not Thanksgiving
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:06PM
NEOGA, Ill. (AP) — There should be enough pumpkins for Halloween this year, but that might not be the case for the canned pumpkin used in pies come Thanksgiving, according to crop experts in Illinois, the country’s top pumpkin-producing state. … read more.

IS advances near Syria’s Aleppo despite Russian strikes
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
By ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants captured a string of villages near Aleppo on Friday in a lightning attack that brought them closer to the prized city in northern Syria, despite a … read more.

Farmers look at devastating losses as flood rolls downstream
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
BRANCHVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Thad Wimberly tugs on a clump of peanuts, shaking off the mud as he cracks the soggy shells to inspect his crop. But all he can do is sigh as his livelihood disintegrates between his fingers. … read more.

Hungarian president warns about migration’s security aspect
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
BALATONFURED, Hungary (AP) — Solidarity with refugees escaping war must not overshadow concerns about human trafficking and the threat from extremists, Hungary’s president said Friday. While “the humanitarian aspects are very important, especially with the coming winter ... we would … read more.

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