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City, Biosolids meet to address smell issues
Fri  Sep 12 2014 04:34PM
(UPDATE: Tuesday night, the city commission unanimously voted to seek legal means to shut down the Schwing Bioset sludge plant in Fort Meade. The meeting was held too late to … read more.
US 17 crash claims Fort Meade man
Fri  Sep 12 2014 04:32PM
A Fort Meade man lost his life in a one-car accident sometime early last weekend on U.S. 17 south of Bartow. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was … read more.
What to do with the waste
Wed  Sep 10 2014 08:00AM
With hunting season almost here, Polk County’s woods will soon be filled with hunters, bagging their limits in turkey, deer and wild hogs. And, because many bag their limit each … read more.
Cheers, jeers greet pot debators
Tue  Sep 2 2014 09:39AM
Orlando lawyer John “For the People” Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd squared off Thursday in an Amendment 2 forum that drew both jeers and cheers from the standing … read more.
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Miners manhandle Avon Park
Sat  Sep 13 2014 08:00AM
Despite a slow offensive start the Fort Meade Miners took control of a 7-3 lead putting up a 27 point second quarter to Avon Park’s 7 to lead 34-10 at intermission. And the onslaught continued in the second half as … read more.

Privatizing for subs seems to be working
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County School Board’s test run for privatization of its system for substitute teachers is working. It’s working so well, the board will be asked at its next meeting to make the three-month test an annual contract. Brian Warren, … read more.

Doors start to change in Bartow
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
There were about 100 people gathered in front of the L.B. Brown House at 7:30 a.m. in Bartow and they were prepared to paint. Doors 2 Change, a nonprofit organization, is a program that helps citizens, businesses, churches, clubs and … read more.

Photographer Ward to give lecture about wildlife
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
The 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition caught the imagination of conservationists, lovers of nature, and ordinary citizens, as a small team of explorers traveled a thousand miles in a hundred days through the heart of wild Florida. Internationally acclaimed environmental … read more.

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Second trial in loud music killing set for Monday
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection is set for Monday in the second trial of man accused of first-degree murder in the death of a teenager during a 2012 dispute over loud music. Jordan Davis, 17, died after Michael Dunn, … read more.

NASA’s Maven explorer arriving at Mars after year
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It’s showtime at Mars. NASA’s Maven spacecraft is on track to reach the red planet late Sunday night following a journey spanning 10 months and 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer … read more.

UN ambassador: Others ready to fight Islamic State
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States’ ambassador to the United Nations says other nations are pledging support for the fight against Islamic State group militants. But Ambassador Samantha Power on Sunday would not name those countries or detail their level … read more.

Wife of UK hostage issues plea to militants
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
LONDON (AP) — The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State group has issued a statement pleading for the militants to release him and respond to her messages “before it is too late.” The Islamic … read more.

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