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County schools getting $1.5M BP check
Mon  Aug 3 2015 12:28PM
The Polk County School Board learned last week that $1.5 million in BP oil spill reparations will be heading into their coffers earlier than expected, but they haven’t decided what … read more.
Consultant: Rezoning will ease overcrowding
Mon  Aug 3 2015 12:32PM
The Polk County School Board Tuesday decided to consider a contract with an Ohio consulting firm to lay the ground work for a countywide rezoning of school attendance areas which … read more.
How to do business with with school system
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board wants to work with local businesses; actually, it’s more than a “want.” “Their desire is to do more business with local businesses,” said Sylvia Blackman-Roberts, … read more.
Roundtable: Service has to be paid for
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Fire assessment fees have been hot buttons for municipal governments across Polk County as elected officials wrestle with budgets and look for ways to economize without cutting services. Lakeland recently … read more.
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‘Bring the World Home’ through student exchange
Mon  Aug 3 2015 12:24PM
Have you ever wondered how to bring a bit of the world home? iE-USA can help do that. International Experience USA is a non-profit high school student exchange organization approved by the U.S. Department of State and can place international … 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. The awards were announced Friday, July 24 at the annual … read more.

Broadband plan wins national award
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The Central Florida Regional Planning Council, along with partner planning councils Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council received the Major Metro Achievement Award presented by the National Association of Regional Councils for the Florida Local/Regional … read more.

Nowhere to go yet
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
Seven days after the Florida Department of Citrus executive director was pulled over in Lakeland and charged with DUI that led to his resignation, the commission decided not to make a decision as to how to replace him. In the … read more.

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US stocks drop as energy sector droops
Tue  Aug 4 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Another bad day for the energy sector pulled down stocks on Monday. Energy stocks slumped as the price of oil dropped to its lowest in more than four months. Oil has fallen sharply since the end … read more.

UN goal: To end poverty, hunger in 15 years
Tue  Aug 4 2015 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking … read more.

Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding
Tue  Aug 4 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next … read more.

Illinois named top US party school
Tue  Aug 4 2015 01:19AM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois stakes claim to 23 Nobel Prize winners and tech prowess that contributed to the creation of YouTube, Netscape, Java and Yelp. But students at the central Illinois campus don’t just bury their … read more.

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