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Lot of work, hours preparing multiple Thanksgiving dinners
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
For the overwhelming majority of people, it is no fun having to work a holiday, especially Thanksgiving. One company that requires its employees to work that day happens to be … read more.
Charter Schools OK pay raise
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Lake Wales Charter School staff members can expect an extra gift in their stockings this holiday season, as they will be receiving an increase to their salary starting as early … read more.
School attorney resigns
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
The Polk Public Schools will be losing its long-time lawyer at the end of the year when the School Board Attorney Wes Bridges moves to Oregon to work for a … read more.
Partnership helps the loneliness
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Boarding school students at Vanguard School spend weeks away from home, which, for some international students, is hundreds of miles across the globe, making them feel isolated from their loved … read more.
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Students dig their education
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
It’s not like most farms. There aren’t acres and acres of crops growing in the fields. It’s compact, just five greenhouses and a few piddling plots, but this little farm packs a big wallop. Especially for the special kids who … read more.

Leland Family Ministries bidding Bartow good bye
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Soon the last vestige of Leland Family Ministries’ presence in Bartow will be drawing to a close. Earlier this year, after a successful launch of Mosaics Community Cafe, it subsequently faltered and eventually closed its doors. However, Bargains and Blessings … read more.

School Board members sworn in
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Three school board members — two new ones — were sworn into office on Nov. 22 and Kay Fields was elected by the new board to retain her chairmanship for a second year. Lori Cunningham was sworn in for her … read more.

Three commissioners sworn in
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
A brand-new Polk County Commissioner took office last week taking the oath of his office with two veteran board members who were reelected for their second terms. Also, last week, veteran District 2 Commissioner Melony Bell was named the board’s … read more.

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Fire tears through Oakland dance party, killing at least 9
Sat  Dec 3 2016 09:52PM
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the rubble Saturday after a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a late-night electronic music party, killing at least 9 people and making the charred structure unsafe … read more.

Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus, student arrested
Sat  Dec 3 2016 09:52PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A graduate student arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death the professor who oversaw his work at the University of Southern California was being held on $1 million bail Saturday as their shocked colleagues began processing … read more.

Buzz Aldrin: Altitude sickness forced South Pole evacuation
Sat  Dec 3 2016 09:52PM
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness. The 86-year-old adventurer, who was the second man to walk … read more.

For now, Trump bears signs of a dealmaker, not a policymaker
Sat  Dec 3 2016 09:50PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — He phones. He kibitzes. He cajoles. He threatens. He rewards. It’s a freewheeling style that President-elect Donald Trump used to stop Carrier from shipping 800 jobs from an Indiana factory to Mexico. And it marks a radical … read more.

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