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Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
While the Polk County School Board is still dealing with the aftermath of the recent lockdown drill at a Winter Haven middle school where armed officers entered the school with … read more.
Two-star general named to BHS Hall of Fame
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
Maj. Gen. Kelsie Loomis Reaves, a graduate of the Summerlin Institute Class of 1933, has been selected for induction into the Bartow High School Hall of Fame. The induction will … read more.
Susan McManus: Unmet expectations doomed Crist
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
S.L. Frisbie, who moderates the monthly Tiger Bay of Polk County sessions, is well-known for his gentle, often tongue-in-cheek self-deprecatory humor. To many who attended the Tuesday, Nov. 18 luncheon, … read more.
School Board protests excessive state testing
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board unanimously approved a resolution to send to the state Department of Education protesting the immediate implementation of accountability under the brand-new Florida Standards. The DOE … read more.
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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 has sent a directive to all agencies that provide the … 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 on Saturday, downtown will be full of cats. A year … 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 first executive director of Main Street Bartow since the position’s … read more.

Top Bartow educators named
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
On Thursday, Nov. 20, the top Teachers and School-Related Employees for Bartow public schools was named at a ceremony at the Bartow Civic Center. Those not pictured and could not attend included Jennifer Strain, who was named Gibbons Elementary School … read more.

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State, National and World News
Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
Mon  Nov 24 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a … read more.

Putin says he won’t be Russia’s president for life
Mon  Nov 24 2014 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin has said he won’t remain Russia’s president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 2024, according to an interview with a Russian news agency released Sunday. Staying in … read more.

Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat
Mon  Nov 24 2014 01:19AM
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can. Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. A fan … read more.

Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms
Mon  Nov 24 2014 01:19AM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — First came the big storm, then the big dig. Now comes the big melt. Residents of flood-prone areas around Buffalo should move valuables up from the basement, pack a bag and prepare to for the possibility … read more.

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