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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 … read more.
New rule: No weapons before students
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
In the wake of last week’s ‘hard lockdown’ drill at a Winter Haven middle school during which school police officers had guns drawn while students were present, the Polk school … read more.
Dogs getting homes, but questions remain
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
Almost three-quarters of the dogs involved in an alleged dog fighting case in Bartow and Fort Meade are getting new homes in the coming months, but who they were fighting … read more.
Bell lauds veterans at Fort Meade event
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
County Commissioner Melony Bell recalls the day she came to grips with the reality of military service in this country. “I can remember the day my brother Tim left,” she … read more.
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Fort Meade worker charged in money theft
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
A Fort Meade woman faces three felony counts after she admitted taking money from the Child Development Center over a period of several months, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. According to an arrest affidavit from the PCSO, Fort … read more.

Burchfield denied parole at hearing
Thu  Nov 6 2014 04:16PM
A man found guilty of killing a sleeping 3-year-old boy 40 years ago by shooting him in the chest for revenge against his mother will stay in jail, due in large part to the State Attorney’s arguments against his release … read more.

Toddler hit by bus, dies while trick-or-treating
Sun  Nov 2 2014 11:48AM
Authorities say a 2-year-old died while trick-or-treating for Halloween when he was hit by bus. Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman says Dohntae Vasquez of Lake Wales was in a stroller Friday evening with two other children when the … read more.

Should pot law be in state constitution?
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Much of the arguments on the amendment concerning medical marijuana are about whether this is a stepping stone to marijuana becoming a decriminalized drug in the future. Opponents of the proposal say it is full of loopholes and lets people … read more.

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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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