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Bok North denied charter
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Plans to allow a charter for a new middle school in Lake Wales were denied at Tuesday’s School Board meeting, though one board member voted in favor of … read more.
District, teachers compromise on pay
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Immediately after three teachers complained to the Polk County School Board about not settling its pay contract, the district’s attorney said the impasse was over. The last negotiation … read more.
Activist: Everyone should own a gun
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – A controversial Tea Party activist spoke to a few dozen National Rifle Association supporters about the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution at the Chain of Lakes … read more.
Woolman won’t be home for the holidays
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – With help from his lawyer, Chase Woolman, a once popular Lake Wales personal trainer who was sentenced Oct. 30 to 15 years in prison for having an ongoing … read more.
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Bringing Fort Meade history to life
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:30AM
FORT MEADE – The Fifth Annual Fort Meade Museum Trolley History Ride-Along was a success, judging by the number of people who participated Thursday night. On social media, one person suggested the event be held more than once per year … read more.

Bartow hires airport executive director
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – The Bartow Municipal Airport will have a new executive director running it on Dec. 18, replacing the woman who has been running it for decades. On Monday, Nov. 13, the Airport Authority and John Helms agreed to a … read more.

Pahokee ends Frostproof season
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:30AM
PAHOKEE – Twenty-five years ago the Frostproof Bulldogs beat the Pahokee Blue Devils and went on to win the state championship. Since then, Pahokee has dominated Frostproof, winning the last four playoff games against each other. The Bulldogs lost to … read more.

Holiday closings
Wed  Nov 22 2017 08:30AM
Bartow City Hall will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 Trash pickup in Bartow will remain the same on Friday, Nov. 24. Pickup normally scheduled on Thursday will be picked up on Wednesday. Lake Wales City Hall will be closed … read more.

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State, National and World News
Report: Companies claim Irma fundraising was a scam
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:34PM
MIAMI — A man who claimed to be a member of a wealthy Puerto Rican family that owns a rum distillery rented warehouses for hurricane Irma donations and chartered five airplanes to take them to the island. No one suspected … read more.

Ships, aircraft search for 3 US sailors missing in crash
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:34PM
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft searched in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier. Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes after the crash of … read more.

Sudan’s president visits Russia, asks for protection from US
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:34PM
MOSCOW (AP) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on a visit to Russia Thursday that his country needs protection from the U.S. and could serve as a gateway to Africa for Moscow. Al-Bashir, speaking at the start of his meeting … read more.

Ukrainian separatist chief accuses another of plotting coup
Thu  Nov 23 2017 08:32PM
MOSCOW (AP) — A separatist leader in Ukraine’s east on Thursday accused a former official of trying to unseat him as a showdown between the two entered its third day. Breaking almost a week of silence, Igor Plotnitsky, leader of … read more.

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