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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.
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 … 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 … read more.
Always on the grow
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
Sunny days are the norm at Fort Meade’s Sunshine Growers. Last Friday, the sun was hidden behind the clouds. If anything, the gray skies only made the green plants stand … read more.
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Marker’s legend more interesting than legend
Sat  Nov 15 2014 08:30AM
A historical marker was placed on the grounds of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa in a re-dedication ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 13. The marker denotes the history of the short-lived Fort Carroll, which was constructed during the presidency of Zachary … 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 against continues to be a mystery. Representatives of the Polk … read more.

Fall Festival
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
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FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill
Thu  Nov 20 2014 02:06PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards. The Food and Drug Administration approved Purdue Pharma’s … read more.

Grand jury: No charges in Florida jail explosion
Thu  Nov 20 2014 02:06PM
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A grand jury looking into a deadly Florida jail explosion says there isn’t enough evidence to bring criminal charges. Two inmates were killed and nearly 200 inmates were injured in the April 30 blast at the … read more.

Woman raising grandkids gets prison over pot sales
Thu  Nov 20 2014 02:06PM
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — A 65-year-old Pennsylvania woman who said she sold marijuana to help raise several grandchildren after her daughter died has been sentenced to 15 to 30 months in state prison. The (Tarentum) Valley News Dispatch reports Candace … read more.

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna
Thu  Nov 20 2014 02:06PM
VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Vienna to join high-stakes nuclear negotiations with Iran ahead of a looming Monday deadline for a deal. Kerry will meet Thursday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif and … read more.

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