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Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
While the Polk County School Board is still dealing with the aftermath of the recent lockdown drill at a Winter Haven middle school where armed officers entered the school with … read more.
Two-star general named to BHS Hall of Fame
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
Maj. Gen. Kelsie Loomis Reaves, a graduate of the Summerlin Institute Class of 1933, has been selected for induction into the Bartow High School Hall of Fame. The induction will … read more.
Susan McManus: Unmet expectations doomed Crist
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
S.L. Frisbie, who moderates the monthly Tiger Bay of Polk County sessions, is well-known for his gentle, often tongue-in-cheek self-deprecatory humor. To many who attended the Tuesday, Nov. 18 luncheon, … read more.
School Board protests excessive state testing
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board unanimously approved a resolution to send to the state Department of Education protesting the immediate implementation of accountability under the brand-new Florida Standards. The DOE … read more.
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New rule: No weapons before students
Tue  Nov 18 2014 03:16PM
In the wake of last week’s ‘hard lockdown’ drill at a Winter Haven middle school where school police officers had guns drawn while students were present, the Polk school district has sent a directive to all agencies that provide the … read more.

Meow: Get your ya-yas out
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
This weekend, Bartow may be the place to get your ya-yas out. Not only is Magic on Main celebrating its ninth year as the ‘Friday Fest of the Year,’ but on Saturday, downtown will be full of cats. A year … read more.

New Main Street director listening
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
After spending a few years in Brandon, Laura Mills Simpson came home to Bartow and for the last three weeks, she has listened to a lot as she is the first executive director of Main Street Bartow since the position’s … read more.

Top Bartow educators named
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
On Thursday, Nov. 20, the top Teachers and School-Related Employees for Bartow public schools was named at a ceremony at the Bartow Civic Center. Those not pictured and could not attend included Jennifer Strain, who was named Gibbons Elementary School … read more.

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State, National and World News
Florida shootout leaves deputy, gunman dead
Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:29PM
TALLAHASSEE — A man set his house on fire and then fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another Saturday when they responded to the scene, before he was shot to death by other law enforcement officers, authorities said. Deputies … read more.


Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:20PM

Cleanup on, flood threat looms after huge NY snow
Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:20PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Beth Bragg’s home was spared the worst of a lake-effect storm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under more than 7 feet of snow. So why was she out first-thing Saturday with her shovel? “I … read more.

Trolley linking Homestead, parks expands
Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:20PM
HOMESTEAD (AP) — A trolley service linking downtown Homestead with two nearby national parks is expanding its service. The Homestead National Parks Trolley will operate on weekends from Nov. 22 through April 26. Officials say they’re adding more tour times … read more.

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