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Millions in renovations may come
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Bartow High School may have recently had a minor facelift, but it’s now looking at a major overhaul to the tune of about $25 million, according to Polk Public Schools … read more.
Get set, get ready … dig
Thu  Oct 20 2016 02:02PM
When most people imagine autumn colors, they usually think of orange, red, and yellow. Rarely do they consider green or any other bright color. While this may be true up … read more.
Ever heard this one?
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
There may been truth to what Frank Johnson said at the start of the roast honoring S.L. Frisbie this past Oct. 11, as he cited the late actress Elizabeth Taylor. “I’m … read more.
Our veterans are centerfolds
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
These 12 people probably never expected to be centerfolds, and most don’t fit the general idea, but nonetheless early next month they will be. Not in a skimpy swimsuit pin-up … read more.
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Supporters still trumped up
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Neither rain nor heat could deter Trump supporters from gathering at a local regional airport to hear from their presidential nominee when he made a whistlestop in Lakeland last week. Republican nominee Donald Trump flew into Lakeland Linder Airport at … read more.

Hall: Stuff still to do but getting back where it should be
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Continuing what he started four years ago, Board of County Commissioners District 5 incumbent candidate John Hall hopes to continue helping steer the county’s rebound from the recession that hit the county hard eight years ago. Hall, a Republican and the … read more.

Castagnero wants to be public’s servant
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Politics are not a new game for Lakeland resident Carol Castagnero. Oh, no. She’s run for office before, for everything from Congress, the governor’s office to state representative. But that’s changed. She’s after another office now, this one closer to … read more.

Dimmig says court needs to address core issues of crimes
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
For Rex Dimmig, being the Public Defender is more than just representing indigent clients standing before a judge and prosecutor. It is showing that the legal system cares and that means going beyond the legal charges that has brought a … read more.

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Attacks on the internet keep getting bigger and nastier
Sat  Oct 22 2016 09:22PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids’ toys bring the internet to its knees? It’s beginning to look that way. On Friday, epic cyberattacks crippled a major internet firm, repeatedly disrupting the availability of popular … read more.

AT&T buying HBO and CNN owner Time Warner for $85.4 billion
Sat  Oct 22 2016 09:21PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Grab some popcorn — AT&T wants to take you to the movies. AT&T is buying Time Warner, the owner of the Warner Bros. movie studio as well as HBO and CNN, for $85.4 billion in a … read more.

Off his message again: Trump vows to sue all female accusers
Sat  Oct 22 2016 09:20PM
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Steering his campaign toward controversy yet again, Donald Trump vowed Saturday to sue every woman who has accused him of sexual assault or other inappropriate behavior. He called them “liars” whose allegations he blamed Democrats for … read more.

Stray cat patrol: Feral felines deployed in NYC war on rats
Sat  Oct 22 2016 09:20PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Multitudes of feral cats roam New York City’s concrete jungle, and some now have a practical purpose: They’re helping curb the city’s rat population. A group of volunteers trained by the NYC Feral Cat Initiative traps … read more.

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