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Future of Roosevelt in the air
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
About a dozen Roosevelt Academy parents met in Bartow last week with brand new Chief Academic Officer Michael Akes to speak out to save the special school’s middle school program. … read more.
Sheriff seeks to move booking facility
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Many of Polk’s cops won’t have so far to go to get a prisoner to jail if a new $6- or $8-million jail booking facility is built close to the … read more.
Gizmo saves lives
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
As usual, Ron Perkins fell asleep on the couch Thursday night. He was watching “Blue Bloods.” “The next thing I knew I was hearing a cat meowing,” he recalled. “I … read more.
Polk Vision learns of community schools
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
It seems that Polk Vision and the Polk County School District both have the same vision — community schools. A Polk Vision group learned last week exactly what a “community … read more.
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Move on McLaughlin may be premature
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
McLaughlin Middle School in Lake Wales could be shut down and reopened as a charter school if the Polk County School Board decides to do so. McLaughlin has been a struggling school, with its grades hovering around an F for … read more.

SyFy Bartow
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
See more photos at … read more.

19 tie the knot at same time
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Eli and Crystal Erwin wanted their wedding to be especially romantic by hosting it on Valentine’s Day. They also didn’t want to spend too much money on an elaborate ceremony. The Lakeland couple were able to have the affordable wedding … read more.

Mardi Gras for the family
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
When most people think of Mardi Gras, they do not consider it in the same sentence as “family-friendly.” However, for the past 33 years, Lake Wales has been hosting not only the largest Mardi Gras celebration in Central Florida, but … read more.

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Deputies: 1 dead, 1 critical in Orlando home invasion
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Investigators say an Orlando man shot two men during a home invasion, killing one of them. Orange County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jane Watrel tells local news outlets that a woman called 911 around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and told … read more.

Grandparents charged in case of boy killed by brother
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
PORT ORANGE (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested the grandparents of an 8-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed by his older brother. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 56-year-old Sabrina Potter and 47-year-old Robert Potter were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Drop in Florida home ownership but gains in Fort Myers area
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Homeownership dipped slightly in Florida statewide last year, but there were gains in southwest Florida. New Census figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the home ownership rate in Florida dropped from 64.8 percent … read more.

Florida House pushes ahead with bid to dismantle programs
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A push by Florida House Republicans to scuttle the state’s economic development agency is moving ahead, despite fierce opposition by Gov. Rick Scott. A divided House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would eliminate Enterprise … read more.

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