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The ‘Pioneers’ start classes
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
It still has no sign, a new school smell and kids and teachers walking around with campus maps in hand trying to find classrooms, the gym, the media center or … read more.
Business community honors teachers
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Nearly 500 teachers and educators flooded the auditorium of the First Baptist Church in Lake Wales to attend a ceremony by the business community in their honor last Friday. Each … read more.
Parking garage dedicated at ribbon-cutting
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
On a day when the humidity was such that clothes were soaked to the skin and nine months after ground was broken (Nov. 18, 2015), the parking garage situated on West … read more.
School candidates cry change is needed
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Many of the 12 people running for the Polk County School Board were eager to point out what is wrong with the school district during a forum last week. The … read more.
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Restaurant feeds families for free
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Holding a tray of salads, Dawson Davis quickly scanned the Mosaics Community Cafe dining room on Thursday, Aug. 11. The junior at Bartow High School who hails from Mulberry was checking to see who were now seated and had yet … read more.

Solar amendment on ballot
Mon  Aug 22 2016 06:48PM
On Aug. 30 voters will be asked to approve an amendment to the state constitution to expand tax breaks for renewable energy devices to include businesses. Tax breaks currently only apply to single-family homes. Sixty percent of voters must pass the … read more.

Incumbent faces two opponents
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
While there are three candidates for the Polk County School Board District 1 seat, the election should be settled in the Aug. 30 primary election providing one of the candidates gets more than 50 percent of the vote. If not the two … read more.

Four face off in District 2 school board race
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
In the District 2 Polk County School Board race the incumbent, Lori Cunningham, is running for her fourth term against three challengers: Ronnie L. Clark, Tim James and Kevin Kitto. District 2 covers the northeast part of the county, however … read more.

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State, National and World News
Iraq hangs 36 men convicted in Islamic State massacre
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:49PM
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Sunday executed 36 men convicted of involvement in the massacre of hundreds of soldiers by Islamic State two years ago, state television al-Iraqiya reported. The executions were carried out in the presence of government officials and relatives … read more.

Brother of Syrian boy wounded in Aleppo dies
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:48PM
BEIRUT (AP) — The brother of a wounded Syrian boy who gained international attention has died three days after suffering serious injuries in an air raid on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, opposition activists said Sunday. The Britain-based Syrian … read more.

Zimbabwe: Supporters fume after protest pastor leaves for US
Mon  Aug 22 2016 01:19AM
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — From a symbol of resistance and hope, a pastor who galvanized thousands of Zimbabweans into anti-government action has become a subject of derision, fighting accusations of being a coward. Evan Mawarire became an instant hero after … read more.

Suspect’s ex-girlfriend lived in Alabama home where five were slain
Mon  Aug 22 2016 01:19AM
CITRONELLE, Ala. (AP) — The suspect in the killing of five people at a home in Alabama attacked them while they slept and then abducted his estranged girlfriend and an infant — both of whom were found alive, authorities said … read more.

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