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Future of Roosevelt in the air
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
About a dozen Roosevelt Academy parents met in Bartow last week with brand new Chief Academic Officer Michael Akes to speak out to save the special school’s middle school program. … read more.
Sheriff seeks to move booking facility
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Many of Polk’s cops won’t have so far to go to get a prisoner to jail if a new $6- or $8-million jail booking facility is built close to the … read more.
Gizmo saves lives
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
As usual, Ron Perkins fell asleep on the couch Thursday night. He was watching “Blue Bloods.” “The next thing I knew I was hearing a cat meowing,” he recalled. “I … read more.
Polk Vision learns of community schools
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
It seems that Polk Vision and the Polk County School District both have the same vision — community schools. A Polk Vision group learned last week exactly what a “community … read more.
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Move on McLaughlin may be premature
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
McLaughlin Middle School in Lake Wales could be shut down and reopened as a charter school if the Polk County School Board decides to do so. McLaughlin has been a struggling school, with its grades hovering around an F for … read more.

SyFy Bartow
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
See more photos at … read more.

19 tie the knot at same time
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Eli and Crystal Erwin wanted their wedding to be especially romantic by hosting it on Valentine’s Day. They also didn’t want to spend too much money on an elaborate ceremony. The Lakeland couple were able to have the affordable wedding … read more.

Mardi Gras for the family
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
When most people think of Mardi Gras, they do not consider it in the same sentence as “family-friendly.” However, for the past 33 years, Lake Wales has been hosting not only the largest Mardi Gras celebration in Central Florida, but … read more.

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Florida may make it easier to sue doctors over abortions
Wed  Feb 22 2017 11:20PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Women who have abortions in Florida would find it easier to sue the doctors who performed the procedure, under a contentious bill now moving through the state House. But it’s unclear if the legislation — which … read more.

SpaceX aborts approach to space station, delivery delayed
Wed  Feb 22 2017 11:20PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise smooth flight from NASA’s historic moon pad. SpaceX’s supply ship, the Dragon, was less than a … read more.

United, American begin selling cheaper economy-class fare
Wed  Feb 22 2017 11:20PM
DALLAS (AP) — American and United have started selling cheaper “basic economy” fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers. American announced early Tuesday that it began selling the new fares for flights starting March 1 on … read more.

Drop in Florida home ownership but gains in Fort Myers area
Wed  Feb 22 2017 11:20PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Homeownership dipped slightly in Florida statewide last year, but there were gains in southwest Florida. New Census figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the home ownership rate in Florida dropped from 64.8 … read more.

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