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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 … 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 … 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 … read more.
Coyote spotted in Bartow
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
For several days and nights, Rosemary Carter’s sheltie would bark incessantly when let out into the backyard. She suspected her dog was barking because of another animal. She also believed … read more.
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Two charged in dog-fighting case
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
A suspect arrested in connection with a Fort Meade and Bartow dog-fighting ring said in 2006 that “I do have a problem with keeping dogs,” but that he “didn’t care for dog fighting.” Hewitt Grant, 47, of 880 L.B. Brown … read more.

BMS names new principal
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The long wait is over for Bartow Middle School. Dr. Leigh Anne Cooley, an administrator from Osceola County and assistant principal at Gateway High School in Kissimmee, will take over the troubled school after her appointment is approved by the … read more.

Lake Wales wins berth in district playoffs
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The Lake Wales Highlanders played their best game of the season in their most important game Friday night at Legion Field. LWHS beat Auburndale 42-12 to win the Class 5A, District 10 championship. The Highlanders improved to 6-2 overall and … read more.

It’s a weird, weird, weird Florida
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Florida’s weird, real weird. At least that’s what author Charlie Carlson says. There’s ghosts, goblins, monsters and UFOs, the Seminole County resident and native told a standing-room-only crowd at Tuesday’s Lunch N Learn gathering at the Polk County History Center. … read more.

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State, National and World News
Walmart tests matching prices with online rivals
Thu  Oct 30 2014 09:50PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, 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
Thu  Oct 30 2014 09:50PM
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
Thu  Oct 30 2014 09:50PM
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
Thu  Oct 30 2014 09:50PM
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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