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Relief from heat goes viral
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
On July 18 the temperature in Columbia, S.C., was 98 degrees. Up to 2,000 of members of the Ku Klux Klan and other protesters gathered over taking away the Confederate … read more.
City: No deal to county proposal for fire coverage
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Lake Wales recently turned down a possible deal with Polk County for some fire protection services outside the city limits, a deal that was offered after officials here approved a … 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.
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.
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‘Bring the World Home’ through student exchange
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
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.

Oil spill settlement coming soon
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board learned this week that the $1.5 million in BP oil spill reparations will be heading into their coffers earlier than expected, but they haven’t decided what to spend it on because they’ve been forbidden to … read more.

Consultant: Rezoning will ease overcrowding
Sat  Aug 1 2015 08:30AM
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 spell out where each child goes to school. The move … read more.

Lake Wales hoop star wants title shot
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
Amar’e Stoudemire wants to win a championship, and he’s now willing to take less money and a reduced role to do it. Perhaps sensing his opportunity for being a major contributor on a contending team slipping away, Stoudemire agreed to … read more.

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State, National and World News
US stocks lower; energy stocks slump
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed modestly lower Friday as oil titans Exxon Mobil and Chevron led a slump in energy stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 56.12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,689.86. The Standard & Poor’s 500 … read more.

US wage growth falls to slow pace in 2nd quarter
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn’t lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus … read more.

’Gut-wrenching’ decision: Search for teens suspended
Sat  Aug 1 2015 01:19AM
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard’s search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys … read more.

2nd Australian surfer fights off shark attack
Fri  Jul 31 2015 11:48PM
(CNN) — A second Australian surfer has warded off a shark attack by punching the predator after it bit his leg, police in New South Wales said Friday. The 52-year-old man — named in local media as Craig Ison — … read more.

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