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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.
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 … read more.
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Fort Meade worker charged in money theft
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
A Fort Meade woman faces three felony counts after she admitted taking money from the Child Development Center over a period of several months, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. According to an arrest affidavit from the PCSO, Fort … read more.

Burchfield denied parole at hearing
Thu  Nov 6 2014 04:16PM
A man found guilty of killing a sleeping 3-year-old boy 40 years ago by shooting him in the chest for revenge against his mother will stay in jail, due in large part to the State Attorney’s arguments against his release … read more.

Toddler hit by bus, dies while trick-or-treating
Sun  Nov 2 2014 11:48AM
Authorities say a 2-year-old died while trick-or-treating for Halloween when he was hit by bus. Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman says Dohntae Vasquez of Lake Wales was in a stroller Friday evening with two other children when the … read more.

Should pot law be in state constitution?
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Much of the arguments on the amendment concerning medical marijuana are about whether this is a stepping stone to marijuana becoming a decriminalized drug in the future. Opponents of the proposal say it is full of loopholes and lets people … read more.

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EPA delays decision on ethanol in gas
Sat  Nov 22 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the … read more.

NSA director: China can damage US power grid
Sat  Nov 22 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — China and “one or two” other countries are capable of mounting cyberattacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the … read more.

Republicans sue Obama
Sat  Nov 22 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — House Republicans sued the Obama administration on Friday over its implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care law, saying he had overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the program. GOP lawmakers filed the lawsuit in federal district … read more.

As snow ends in Buffalo, roof collapses, floods are concerns
Sat  Nov 22 2014 01:19AM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and … read more.

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