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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.
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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 said. The time was the early 1980s, and she said … read more.

December happenings at the History Center
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
Journey into Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. The following programs and events are open to the public and free at the Polk County History Center. It is at 100 E. Main St., Bartow. For information … read more.

Holiday closings
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
The following places will be closed during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Polk County Courthouse: Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 The Polk County Public Schools: Monday, Nov. 24 through Friday, Nov. 28 The Lake Wales Charter School District: Monday, … read more.

Pet insurance … should I use it?
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
Insurance, to some it is a dirty word. Human insurance can be a difficult and tricky thing to navigate. So what about insurance for your pet. Is it beneficial? Helpful? Useful? The purpose of pet insurance is to allow you … read more.

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US celebrates with parades, turkey
Fri  Nov 28 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Millions of Americans across the country are marking the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many are overcoming some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama is … read more.

Retail onslaught begins
Fri  Nov 28 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Millions of Americans are expected to head to the stores for holiday gift shopping on Thanksgiving in what’s quickly becoming a new holiday tradition. Just a few years ago when a few stores started opening late on … read more.

OPEC keeps oil output changes on hold despite low prices
Fri  Nov 28 2014 01:19AM
VIENNA — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even … read more.

Queen of crime writing PD James dies at 94
Fri  Nov 28 2014 01:19AM
LONDON (AP) — P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature. James, who has died aged 94, is best known … read more.

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