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LATEST LOCAL NEWS
Thousands of acres burn
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
INDIAN LAKE ESTATES — Thousands of acres, two single family homes, nine mobile homes and more than 100 hunting camps burned to the ground Wednesday, Feb. 15 in an out … read more.
Future of Roosevelt in the air
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
About a dozen Roosevelt Academy parents met in Bartow last week with brand new Chief Academic Officer Michael Akes to speak out to save the special school’s middle school program. … read more.
Sheriff seeks to move booking facility
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Many of Polk’s cops won’t have so far to go to get a prisoner to jail if a new $6- or $8-million jail booking facility is built close to the … read more.
Gizmo saves lives
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
As usual, Ron Perkins fell asleep on the couch Thursday night. He was watching “Blue Bloods.” “The next thing I knew I was hearing a cat meowing,” he recalled. “I … read more.
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Polk Vision learns of community schools
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
It seems that Polk Vision and the Polk County School District both have the same vision — community schools. A Polk Vision group learned last week exactly what a “community school” is and what it may do for the county. … read more.

Move on McLaughlin may be premature
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
McLaughlin Middle School in Lake Wales could be shut down and reopened as a charter school if the Polk County School Board decides to do so. McLaughlin has been a struggling school, with its grades hovering around an F for … read more.

SyFy Bartow
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
See more photos at www.polkcountydemocrat.com … read more.

19 tie the knot at same time
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Eli and Crystal Erwin wanted their wedding to be especially romantic by hosting it on Valentine’s Day. They also didn’t want to spend too much money on an elaborate ceremony. The Lakeland couple were able to have the affordable wedding … read more.

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State, National and World News
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Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:19AM
Florida begins process of issuing medical marijuana ID cards TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida health officials who oversee the medical marijuana program have started processing identification card applications for patients and caregivers. The cards, which are issued through the Office of … read more.

Disabled vet beaten by accused animal abusers given car
Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:19AM
DAYTONA BEACH (AP) — A disabled Navy veteran has a new ride a week after authorities said he was beaten by three men he confronted as they were torturing a turtle in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach Kia-Mitsubishi gave Garry Blough, … read more.

2024: A tale of two cities and an uncertain Olympic future
Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:19AM
Olympic leader Thomas Bach’s grand plan was to streamline the Olympics, cut costs and encourage more cities to try to host the games. Judged by the first round of bidding since the revamp, the plan, titled “Agenda 2020,” has not … read more.

Florida may make it easier to sue doctors over abortions
Wed  Feb 22 2017 11:20PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Women who have abortions in Florida would find it easier to sue the doctors who performed the procedure, under a contentious bill now moving through the state House. But it’s unclear if the legislation — which … read more.

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