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How to ‘weather’ the storm
Sat  Aug 29 2015 11:26AM
Although the possibility exists Tropical Storm Erika may be upgraded to hurricane status, and at press time its direction had turned westward the likelihood it will hit Florida is uncertain, … read more.
Drop out rate falls to lowest level in 12 years
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Shortly after learning that Polk Schools dropout rates have dropped to their lowest in 12 years, the Polk County School board wrestled with whether to allow students who only earn … read more.
Here she is … for the foreseeable future
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Mark Jackson came straight to the point as to why a press conference was called at the Lakeland Center YouKey Theater. Jackson is the director of the Polk County’s Tourism … read more.
Making a difference
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
About 28 volunteers recently RSVP’d to a call for Tale Tellers in public schools. Tale Tellers are senior volunteers who are willing to spend 30 minutes a week reading to … read more.
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Popped in the windows
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
It may not appear that way, but downtown Bartow is booming; that according to Laura Simpson, executive director of Main Street Bartow. Since taking on the position this past November 2014, a number of businesses have opened. Of course, sad … read more.

Crickettes kick off football season
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
The football season kicked off at Monday’s weekly Crickette Club meeting and led by Kat Chinault as table 4 was crowned super bowl champions as it got the trophy, two glued together plastic cups with a number 1 on it … read more.

Tickets on sale for FCA banquet
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Former Florida State University head football coach is the guest speaker at this year’s Florida Christian Athlete’s banquet. Tickets for the event are currently on sale. The banquet is scheduled at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Lakeland Center exhibit … read more.

Evidence room fire actually a help
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Beginning July 2009, Joe Hall began his tenure as Bartow Police Chief, coming out of a brief retirement from a similar position with the Panama City Police Department, where he had begun his career in law enforcement. Since arriving in … read more.

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Sierra Leone: Officials confirm new Ebola death
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Health officials in Sierra Leone on Sunday confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country’s last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Samples from the body of a 67-year-old woman who … read more.

Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Cairo on Sunday to protest comments he made after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting “false news.” The ministry said in … read more.

Hungary detains 5th suspect in truck deaths of 71 in Austria
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A fifth man suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in neighboring Austria has been detained, Hungarian police said Sunday. The Bulgarian national was arrested on Saturday evening, a … read more.

Nigerian official: Boko Haram trying to hit Lagos
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s Islamic extremist rebels Boko Haram are trying to extend their violent campaign across the country including Lagos, the country largest city, an intelligence official said Sunday There has been a sudden influx of Boko Haram … read more.

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