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Seniors with golden guns
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
It wasn’t the OK Corral, but it was definitely a shoot-out ... For the first time, nearly four dozen shooters took aim at a medal, gold, silver or bronze at … read more.
School Board reluctantly addresses issue
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
Nathaly Encarnacion went to last week’s Polk County School Board meeting seeking for members to acknowledge support for the gay community and for disciplinary action against a bus driver who … read more.
Un-parade’s reputation continues growing
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — The reputation of Bartow’s St. Patrick’s Day “Un-parade” now stretches beyond its borders, as it has for quite some time and this year was not any different in … read more.
Impasse continues between teachers, district
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
School Board Member Billy Townsend said at the March 14 meeting to lock in place the contract the District and the Polk Education Association has in place now, except for … read more.
More Local News
Fultz seeking third term
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
Lake Wales Mayor Seat 1 Mission Having served as the Mayor of Lake Wales for four years, Eugene Fultz has overseen much economic growth and development, and he hopes to oversee even more with a third term. Under his past … read more.

Bowlin wants to drain the swamp
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
Lake Wales Mayor Seat 1 Mission While the current mayor claims the city is doing fine, his opponent, Ed Bowlin, claims otherwise, and feels that he’s the man to steer it in the right direction. As a local political activist, … read more.

City must entice economic growth
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
City Commission Seat 4 Mission When Jack Van Sickle first left the city commission in 2011 after serving four years, he left the city with a well-funded management reserve, control over its debts, and several major projects underway, he said. … read more.

Stewart wants to be the people’s voice
Wed  Mar 22 2017 08:30AM
City Commission Seat 4 Mission As a lawyer, Flora “Tonya” Stewart has always fought hard for her clients to ensure that their needs are met and that they receive the justice they deserve. Stewart wants to transfer her experience from … read more.

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State, National and World News
Florida investigating whether grad rates were manipulated
Wed  Mar 22 2017 07:06PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s education commissioner announced Wednesday that the state has launched an investigation into whether school districts are moving students around as part of an effort to manipulate graduation rates. Commissioner Pam Stewart said that late last … read more.

Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman’s employer, wife
Wed  Mar 22 2017 07:06PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of survivors and victims’ relatives from the Orlando nightclub massacre are suing the gunman’s employer and wife, claiming they could have stopped Omar Mateen before the attack but didn’t. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in … read more.

Beyond spring cleaning: Tapestries get 16 years of grooming
Wed  Mar 22 2017 07:06PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings. Now the historic house of worship is inviting … read more.

1 altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia gov’s race
Tue  Mar 21 2017 08:26PM
Facebook headline on a news story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for governor. And it’s not the first time politicians or their allies have changed … read more.

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