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Jackets drop game in fourth quarter
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
Three quarters were not enough for the Bartow Yellow Jackets Friday night. BHS stymied unbeaten Lakeland through the first half, but the offense had just one successful drive on the … read more.
Business excellence celebrated
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
(Editor’s note: Photos of this year’s Champions Cup winners will appear in the Wednesday, Oct. 22 edition of The Polk County Democrat.) One of the more anticipated ceremonies that takes … read more.
Struggling to generate interest
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
In the second Culture, Cuisine and Conversation, approximately one-third as many attended as did last year. Still, while questions were plentiful and progress was made fostering diversity, the question of … read more.
Parole hearing Wednesday for murderer
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
On Wednesday, a man who has been in prison for 40 years for killing a 3-year-old boy in a custody dispute with the boy’s mother, has a parole hearing. The … read more.
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Election coverage, Pages 29-40
Sun  Oct 19 2014 12:49PM
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, there will be 1,384 voting booths set up in Polk County, but by then nearly half the people who will vote probably will have done so, according to County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. “More and … read more.

Ghouls in the jail
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
Three more times in the next two weeks people can check out the old jail, but beware of what’s inside. Beginning at 6 p.m. and running until 11 p.m. on Oct. 17-18, and Friday, Oct. 24, is the Haunted Jail … read more.

History of Homeland
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
With many people who tell stories year after year about ghosts and goblins at the Cracker Storytelling Festival, there was one who did something a little different this year. In his debut as a storyteller at the 26th annual show … read more.

Battle lines drawn in county sales tax debate
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:00AM
As election day looms the debate over a new sales tax rate to fund transit and infrastructure improvements in Polk County is getting more heated with both sides turning up the volume in their campaigns to win over voters. Voters … read more.

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State, National and World News
CDC to revise Ebola protocol, services ready team
Mon  Oct 20 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical … read more.

Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on
Mon  Oct 20 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola. The past … read more.

Nepal closes trekking route after 38 die in storm
Mon  Oct 20 2014 01:19AM
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route Sunday after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week’s snowstorms that killed at least 38 people, had to save new hikers who set out after the blizzards … read more.

Marine accused in Philippine killing tests US ties
Mon  Oct 20 2014 01:19AM
OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a … read more.

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