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Fri  Nov 21 2014 04:20PM
While the Polk County School Board is still dealing with the aftermath of the recent lockdown drill at a Winter Haven middle school where armed officers entered the school with … read more.
Two-star general named to BHS Hall of Fame
Fri  Nov 21 2014 04:20PM
Maj. Gen. Kelsie Loomis Reaves, a graduate of the Summerlin Institute Class of 1933, has been selected for induction into the Bartow High School Hall of Fame. The induction will … read more.
Susan McManus: Unmet expectations doomed Crist
Fri  Nov 21 2014 04:20PM
S.L. Frisbie, who moderates the monthly Tiger Bay of Polk County sessions, is well-known for his gentle, often tongue-in-cheek self-deprecatory humor. To many who attended the Tuesday, Nov. 18 luncheon, … read more.
School Board protests excessive state testing
Fri  Nov 21 2014 12:52PM
The Polk County School Board unanimously approved a resolution to send to the state Department of Education protesting the immediate implementation of accountability under the brand-new Florida Standards. The DOE … read more.
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New rule: No weapons before students
Tue  Nov 18 2014 03:16PM
In the wake of last week’s ‘hard lockdown’ drill at a Winter Haven middle school where school police officers had guns drawn while students were present, the Polk school district has sent a directive to all agencies that provide the … read more.

Meow: Get your ya-yas out
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
This weekend, Bartow may be the place to get your ya-yas out. Not only is Magic on Main celebrating its ninth year as the ‘Friday Fest of the Year,’ but on Saturday, downtown will be full of cats. A year … read more.

New Main Street director listening
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
After spending a few years in Brandon, Laura Mills Simpson came home to Bartow and for the last three weeks, she has listened to a lot as she is the first executive director of Main Street Bartow since the position’s … read more.

Top Bartow educators named
Fri  Nov 21 2014 02:35PM
On Thursday, Nov. 20, the top Teachers and School-Related Employees for Bartow public schools was named at a ceremony at the Bartow Civic Center. Those not pictured and could not attend included Jennifer Strain, who was named Gibbons Elementary School … read more.

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State, National and World News
Tribes work to create sex-offender registries
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:19AM
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — More than three-quarters of American Indian tribes that have the authority to develop sex-offender registries are well on their way to meeting the legal requirements meant to keep convicted criminals from hiding out on tribal lands, … read more.

Polls: Employers still prioritize health coverage
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:19AM
(AP) — Employers squeezed by years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul are still making employee health insurance a priority, but that coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years. A poll from The Associated … read more.

Sentencing delayed for terror supporter in Florida
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a man convicted in South Florida of supporting terrorists in an FBI sting in which an undercover operative posed as a financing middleman in Internet chats. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro said … read more.

Oops! Administration erred on health law sign-ups
Fri  Nov 21 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration Thursday acknowledged it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. It’s another credibility problem … read more.

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