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LeRoy complaints unfounded
Wed  Feb 3 2016 11:23AM
The nine complaints filed by an assistant superintendent were found unsubstantiated by a legal firm and cleared Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy of any illegal wrongdoing. However, the law firm expressed concern … read more.
Hope Now may get plug pulled
Wed  Feb 3 2016 11:23AM
Polk County’s residents in need of drug rehab and employment assistance may go wanting again if the county pulls the plug on funding for Hope Now. Hope Now came under … read more.
City election filing closes Friday
Thu  Feb 4 2016 09:30AM
This Friday, Feb. 5 marks the final day anyone interested in running for the District 3 city commission seat being vacated by Adrian “A.J.” Jackson, can file. According to Bartow … read more.
Stomp on Saturday
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
Whoever is ready is crawl under a monster truck, run from friendly Zombies, carry a fire hose and answer trivia questions there could be something for you to do this … read more.
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Volunteers paint early Saturday morning
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
Saturday morning, about 30 people gathered in front of the L.B. Brown House and embarked on painting three houses in Bartow as part of an ongoing project of Doors2Change and Arts Ensemble. And while the volunteers got the jobs done … read more.

Plan to pay off loan
Thu  Feb 4 2016 09:11AM
The Community Redevelopment Agency is owed $33,058.17 on a loan it made in 2009 that was supposed to be paid off in four years. And while the recipient of the loan wanted to modify the agreement, they could get the … read more.

Mardi Gras this weekend
Wed  Feb 3 2016 11:23AM
Every February the streets of Lake Wales transform into that of New Orleans with its annual Lake Wales Mardi Gras celebration and parade. Colors of gold, green and purple glisten as strands of beads are tossed, gaily costumed characters and … read more.

School District earns accreditation
Wed  Feb 3 2016 08:30AM
Saying that this was “huge for the business community” as well as for the school district, Polk County Schools’ Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy relayed what getting the Polk County School District’s accreditation means. School Board member Lisa Cunningham called the districtwide … read more.

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Bill would put a stop to red-light cameras
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would bring the use of red-light cameras to a screeching halt received narrow support in a Senate committee Thursday after the sponsor argued cities and counties use the traffic enforcement devices to raise cash rather … read more.

UCF hit by data breach involving Social Security numbers
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — The University of Central Florida says a hacker has gained access to 63,000 Social Security numbers belonging to former and current students and workers. UCF President John Hitt said Thursday in an online letter that school officials … read more.

Lottery winner must pay former boyfriend part of winnings
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
SANFORD (AP) — Jurors say a central Florida woman who won $1 million lottery jackpot must pay $291,000 to her former boyfriend, who had claimed he gave her the money to buy the ticket. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the … read more.

Central Florida man faces felony littering charge
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS (AP) — A central Florida man is facing felony littering charges after a contracting firm hired by Seminole County spent nine hours cleaning more than 31 tons of trash from his home. Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alan … read more.

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