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10 from cheerleading commit
Tue  May 24 2016 04:52PM
BARTOW — It was a high energy event, no question about it. For on Thursday, May 19, inside the Bartow High School cafeteria, 10 graduating seniors on the Coed Cheerleading … read more.
Home of Champions
Tue  May 24 2016 04:40PM
• Cheerleaders sign scholarship, Page 46 The Bartow High School gym was rocking Monday as virtually the student body turned out to cheer and celebrate what the school definitely is … read more.
Onward and upward for Pudge
Tue  May 24 2016 04:36PM
After an illustrious career with the Bartow Police Department, it came as a shock to many when David Aaron Wyant, best known as “Pudge,” announced he was leaving the force … read more.
‘Millennial Moms’ still key for citrus marketing efforts
Tue  May 24 2016 04:38PM
BARTOW — The Florida Department of Citrus will be giving up a lot of things in its next budget year, but ‘millennial moms’ won’t be one of them, it hopes. … read more.
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Lindsey: More precautions needed
Tue  May 24 2016 05:10PM
In a week and a day after it was proposed by a Polk County Commissioner at a regular board meeting, a street light was installed at the intersection on Clubhouse Road and Andros Boulevard in South Lakeland where a George … read more.

County plans to improve, speed up P&D department
Tue  May 24 2016 05:08PM
The Polk County Commission last Tuesday agreed to implement a series of changes that are expected to improve and speed up the way the board’s planning and development department does business. The county will be following a strategic plan drawn … read more.

18 to fight the road ahead
Tue  May 24 2016 04:44PM
Eighteen people on Friday graduated from the Polk County Problem Solving overcoming alcohol and drug addictions and they were told at the ceremony at the Polk County Courthouse that a lot still lies ahead of them. “This is our 16th … read more.

Stimulating minds via the senses marks third Take the Lead
Tue  May 24 2016 04:44PM
(Editor’s note: This is the next installment in an ongoing series about Take the Lead, a program for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments, yet who are still able to live at home; it is a partnership … read more.

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Death toll from weeklong storms in Sri Lanka rises
Mon  May 23 2016 01:19AM
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The death toll from landslides and floods in Sri Lanka as a result of weeklong heavy storms has risen to 92, officials said Sunday. Soldiers searching for victims of landslides that buried three villages in … read more.

El-Sissi says Egypt submarine headed to plane crash site
Sun  May 22 2016 08:06PM
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president said on Sunday a submarine belonging to his country’s Oil Ministry was headed to the site of the crash of EgyptAir Flight-804 in the eastern Mediterranean to join the search for the cockpit voice and … read more.

Iraq launches operation to retake IS-held city of Fallujah
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address late Sunday night. Iraqi forces are “approaching a moment of great … read more.

Police fatally shoot alleged Florida car burglar
Sun  May 22 2016 08:04PM
HALLANDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Hallandale Beach police officer has fatally shot a man they say tried to flee from authorities while they were investigating reports of car burglaries. Police were called early Sunday after reports of car break-ins and … read more.

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