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Dancing room only
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
For the third consecutive year, Dancing Under the Stars was met with an overwhelming show of support by a nearly sold-out audience, many of them, especially the women, dressed in … read more.
Karley’s father is home
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
Last week’s girls volleyball game at Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School would have been yet another game were it not for the surprise appearance of one of the volleyball players’ … read more.
District: No school to close
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
Polk County school officials met with the media Monday to assure the public that five failing or near-failing schools singled out by the state education board for possible closure will … read more.
Sales tax campaign considered
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
The Half-Cent Sales Tax Oversight Committee agreed the school district has to let people know the advantage it has gotten from the money for the last 15 years and how … read more.
More Local News
Candidates agree change must come
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
As expected, there will be a runoff for seats on the Polk County School Board in the general election on Nov. 8. One race will feature an incumbent against an activist and the other between two newcomers as it pits … read more.

Judaism and gun control focus of seminar
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
(Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles; the second article will focus on the issue of immigration.) What does Judaism say about gun control and immigration was the focus of a seminar this past Sunday, Sept. 18 conducted by … read more.

Though quiet, Loyce J. Lilly influenced generations
Tue  Sep 20 2016 01:24PM
While there may be — and probably is — an aching emptiness in the hearts of family and friends, the memories Loyce Johnston Lilly of Lake Wales gifted those who knew her is a legacy that will forever be deemed … read more.

Bartow grad named league MVP
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
Now fighting for the championship of the Frontier League, a former Bartow High School baseball star has helped lead the Evansville Otters get to this point. Allen, in his third year as the starting second baseman for the Independent League’s … read more.

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State, National and World News
Gov. Scott to put $25M toward developing Zika vaccine
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has been highly critical of the federal response to the outbreak of the Zika virus, used his emergency powers Thursday to direct $25 million in state money toward helping to develop … read more.

2 opioid overdoses every hour in South Florida epidemic
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Someone overdoses on heroin or other opioid drugs in South Florida every two hours, part of a growing drug abuse epidemic affecting wide swaths of the country, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Miami U.S. Attorney … read more.

Man charged with riding manatees in Florida Keys
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
(AP) — Authorities say a Florida Keys man has been arrested for riding and harassing manatees. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report say 47-year-old James Massengale Jr. was arrested Friday after witnesses saw him touching two adult manatees … read more.

Court: Felon hunter didn’t break gun laws
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Supreme Court ruling Thursday is good news for felons who like to hunt, bad news for deer. The court ruled that an appeals court was correct in overturning Christopher Douglas Weeks’ conviction for being … read more.

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