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High school teacher charged with threatening teen
Thu  Jun 22 2017 04:54PM
Thomas Griffin is an ESE teacher at Lake Region High School in Winter Haven, was charged Thursday, June 22, after he broke a fence post and threatened a 17-year-old boy … read more.
Long-time members reminisce about their church
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — It has been a heady year thus far for First United Methodist Church of Bartow as it celebrates its 150th anniversary. Among its current congregation are several long-time … read more.
Commissioners question Northern Connector
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Polk County Commissioners may abandon their long-time top transportation priority, even though they just got a $7.5 million slice of the state budget to add to the $30 … read more.
State cuts more than $6 million from Bok Towers
Thu  Jun 22 2017 01:12PM
LAKE WALES – Despite a massive letter writing campaign, Bok Tower Gardens will have to make do without the funding for its partnership with The University of Florida’s Institute of … read more.
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Hearing on medical marijuana could set county standards
Tue  Jun 20 2017 02:56PM
BARTOW – Polk County Commissioners on Tuesday were expected to approve the first reading of an ordinance that will say where medical marijuana dispensaries can be in the unincorporated areas of the county. But, according to County Attorney Michael Craig, … read more.

Airport Authority to take out loan
Tue  Jun 20 2017 02:54PM
BARTOW — It has been many years since the Bartow Municipal Airport and Industrial Park has needed to take out a loan. Thus it was at the April meeting the Airport Authority Board instructed Executive Director Cynthia Barrow to solicit … read more.

Troutman to seek Ag Commissioner seat
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE – Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman entered the race for state agriculture commissioner last week, priming his Republican bid for a Cabinet seat with $2.5 million of his own money. He is the second person that represented Polk County … read more.

Recent rains have helped the drought
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – On May 23 staff with the Southwest Florida Water Management District announced that the region was experiencing the third worst dry season since 1914. Oh what a difference two weeks makes. Rain has fallen somewhere in Polk … read more.

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BMW announces $600M expansion as it celebrates 25 years
Mon  Jun 26 2017 08:46PM
BMW said Monday it will invest an additional $600 million to expand its South Carolina plant, creating 1,000 new jobs over the next four years. CEO Harald Krueger’s announcement coincided with the German automaker’s celebration of 25 years of manufacturing … read more.

US stock indexes close mostly higher; oil recovers
Mon  Jun 26 2017 08:46PM
BC-Financial Markets, 8th Ld-Writethru,758 US stock indexes close mostly higher; oil recovers AP Photo NYBZ126 Eds: Updates with close of US trading. With AP Photos. By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Monday, snapping a … read more.

Swedish government announces release of hostage in Mali
Mon  Jun 26 2017 08:46PM
BAMAKO, Mali — A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamic militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government confirmed Monday. There was no immediate word on the fate of a second hostage, from … read more.

Subway digging uncovers ‘Pompeii-like scene’ in Rome
Mon  Jun 26 2017 08:46PM
ROME — Digging for Rome’s new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that collapsed the structure. Archaeologists on Monday said … read more.

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