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$1 million coming for tech
Fri  Oct 31 2014 03:04PM
While everything, including state-mandated tests, seems to be moving toward technology, the Polk County School Board Tuesday learned it will receive an additional $1 million from the state to help … read more.
Cooley hot to turn around BMS
Fri  Oct 31 2014 03:04PM
Bartow Middle School’s new principal plans to manage by walking around, visiting with each teacher and every classroom and talking with students and parents as she plans to bring the … read more.
Sit down and write
Fri  Oct 31 2014 03:04PM
Grab a pen and some paper (or maybe just a blank document and your fingertips) and start writing. Sounds easy, but it isn’t, and this month the Bartow Public Library … read more.
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Fri  Oct 31 2014 02:47PM
Today Cemetery Tour, 11 a.m. A walking tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery starts at the History Center in Bartow. Polk County History Center, 100 E. Main St., Bartow 863-534-4386 or Multispecialty Robotic Microsurgery Symposium, a conference of … read more.

BHS teacher arrested for pot possession
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
A Bartow High School math teacher is on paid suspension after he was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana and paraphernalia on Friday. John Michael Garrison, 45, of 5109 Idlewood Lane, Lakeland, was booked into the Polk County Jail on … read more.

Should pot law be in state constitution?
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Much of the arguments on the amendment concerning medical marijuana are about whether this is a stepping stone to marijuana becoming a decriminalized drug in the future. Opponents of the proposal say it is full of loopholes and lets people … read more.

BHS locked down
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Bartow High School was locked down as there was a report that a student saw another student with a “weapon of some kind,” the school district reported. The school was on lockdown until shortly after … read more.

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Walmart tests matching prices with online rivals
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season. The world’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, has matched prices of local store competitors … read more.

US turns up heat on Takata over air bag problem
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers. The order sent Thursday makes 36 separate requests for information … read more.

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said. The development followed heavy overnight clashes … read more.

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
Fri  Oct 31 2014 01:19AM
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule. Back when the extremists took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, police Col. Mohammed Hassan was among … read more.

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