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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.
State disbars Ullman, sex offender
Tue  Sep 2 2014 03:13PM
David C. Ullman, 55, of 1316 S. Highland Park Dr., Lake Wales, has been disbarred effective immediately, the Florida Bar reported Thursday, Aug. 28. Ullman was sentenced on a felony … read more.
Sellers keeps seat on School Board
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:05AM
With most of Polk County’s election results in hand, it appeared late Tuesday that veteran Polk School Board Member Hazel Sellers would retain her District 3 seat on the School … read more.
Incumbent Harris wins District 7 school board seat
Wed  Aug 27 2014 08:00AM
Incumbent Tim Harris of Lakeland, Polk County School board member running for the District 7 school board seat, won his third term with 53.75 percent of the vote in 162 … read more.
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Hospital takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
Tue  Sep 2 2014 03:49PM
“Three, two, one,” said Lake Wales Medical Center CEO Andrew Howard as he counted down the hospital’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells … read more.

Final reunion marked with memories
Tue  Sep 2 2014 01:00PM
The room in which the final reunion of Ben Hill Griffin employees hummed with activity as a number of women — occasionally aided by the few men present, as well as assisted by some grandchildren and great-grandchildren — busied themselves … read more.

Composer Howard Buss reaches for the stars
Tue  Sep 2 2014 12:58PM
Lakeland composer Dr. Howard J. Buss’ music has been attracting the attention of world-class performers for many years. His 150 published works have been performed in more than 50 countries, and many of them have been recorded on CDs. Although … read more.

Best Places to Work awards ‘takes flight’
Tue  Sep 2 2014 12:58PM
General Manager Christopher Monnot of the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Lakeland spoke to the crowd of more than 800 about the new facility and the operations of Amazon at the CareerSource Polk Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work … read more.

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State, National and World News
Nasty, brutish and artsy? Neanderthal hashtag engraving found
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:21PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing … read more.

NATO to create new ‘spearhead’ force to respond to crises
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:21PM
BRUSSELS (Reuters) — NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a “spearhead” rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, … read more.

Syrian army, rebels fight on Golan where peacekeepers held
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:20PM
EIN ZIVAN, Golan Heights/MANILA (Reuters) — Heavy fighting erupted on Monday between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants and scores of their fellow blue helmets from … read more.

Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:20PM
LONDON (Reuters) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of their passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalized Britons returning from Syria and Iraq. The proposals come days after Cameron raised … read more.

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