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Union reunion awards 12 scholarships
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
“It is good to be home,” said Marjorie Harris Young, who graduated from Union Academy in 1965. It was the start of the annual Union Academy reunion and the occasion … read more.
‘Outdoor storage’ a point of concern
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
The issue of outdoor storage was introduced by Assistant City Attorney Drew Crawford at the Monday, July 20, work session, who opened with an ominous statement. “It’s a bigger topic than … 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.
Engage wants you to Stuff the Bus
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Time is running out to take advantage of an area community club’s biggest fundraiser time. But even after that, the Polk County Schools Hearth Project will continue to take clothes … read more.
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MS: A case of mistaken identity
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Multiple Sclerosis. Briefly, it is a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). One of those who has been dealing with MS is Kiwanis member Mary Beth Packard, who … read more.

Judd to appear at Fort Meade Chamber luncheon
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
The Monthly Chamber Luncheon returns on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and the guest is already lined up for it: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. The luncheon is scheduled at 11:45 a.m., at the Fort Meade City Mobile Park Center. Those planning to attend … read more.

Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Wednesday, July 29 Work for the Polk County School Board, 10 a.m.-noon. For small and minority businesses who want to obtain work from the Polk County School Board. Learn about the PCSB Business Development Initiative in which small and minority … read more.

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State, National and World News
Iran says will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections
Thu  Jul 30 2015 01:53PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said … read more.

Great white shark thwarts marathon swim in San Francisco Bay
Thu  Jul 30 2015 01:53PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A great white shark thwarted a Northern California man’s quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands. The Marin Independent Journal reports Thursday that Corte Madera marathon … read more.

Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback; 500 under quarantine
Thu  Jul 30 2015 01:52PM
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities in Sierra Leone are now monitoring more than 500 people after one man died from Ebola in area where the virus had been gone for months. Hassan Abdul Sesay, a member of parliament from … read more.

Senate passes 6-year highway bill, short patch still needed
Thu  Jul 30 2015 01:52PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a long-term transportation bill, but lawmakers still plan to consider a 3-month patch to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states, since the House has left for the August recess. The $350 … read more.

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