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Lot of work, hours preparing multiple Thanksgiving dinners
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
For the overwhelming majority of people, it is no fun having to work a holiday, especially Thanksgiving. One company that requires its employees to work that day happens to be … read more.
Charter Schools OK pay raise
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Lake Wales Charter School staff members can expect an extra gift in their stockings this holiday season, as they will be receiving an increase to their salary starting as early … read more.
School attorney resigns
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
The Polk Public Schools will be losing its long-time lawyer at the end of the year when the School Board Attorney Wes Bridges moves to Oregon to work for a … read more.
Partnership helps the loneliness
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Boarding school students at Vanguard School spend weeks away from home, which, for some international students, is hundreds of miles across the globe, making them feel isolated from their loved … read more.
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Students dig their education
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
It’s not like most farms. There aren’t acres and acres of crops growing in the fields. It’s compact, just five greenhouses and a few piddling plots, but this little farm packs a big wallop. Especially for the special kids who … read more.

Leland Family Ministries bidding Bartow good bye
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Soon the last vestige of Leland Family Ministries’ presence in Bartow will be drawing to a close. Earlier this year, after a successful launch of Mosaics Community Cafe, it subsequently faltered and eventually closed its doors. However, Bargains and Blessings … read more.

School Board members sworn in
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Three school board members — two new ones — were sworn into office on Nov. 22 and Kay Fields was elected by the new board to retain her chairmanship for a second year. Lori Cunningham was sworn in for her … read more.

Three commissioners sworn in
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
A brand-new Polk County Commissioner took office last week taking the oath of his office with two veteran board members who were reelected for their second terms. Also, last week, veteran District 2 Commissioner Melony Bell was named the board’s … read more.

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State, National and World News
Boy Scouts to relocate national museum to New Mexico
Mon  Dec 5 2016 09:09PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up more than a century of scouting history and taking it to the wilds … read more.

California lawmakers aim to protect immigrants from Trump
Tue  Dec 6 2016 01:19AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Monday urged President-elect Donald Trump to refrain from pursuing mass deportations and introduced urgent legislation to fund immigration lawyers and help public defenders protect the state’s immigrants. Democratic lawmakers also passed resolutions in both … read more.

Business unharmed by wildfires set to reopen
Tue  Dec 6 2016 01:19AM
GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Chirping and beeping filled the air as Marion Paul fired up her Gatlinburg video arcade Monday, the first time she’s seen her business since deadly wildfires set much of the city ablaze a week ago. Sooty floors … read more.

Cops: Serial abductor broke into Ohio homes to kidnap girls
Tue  Dec 6 2016 01:19AM
CLEVELAND — A Cleveland-area man accused of breaking into two homes and kidnapping and raping a girl and trying to abduct another within the past year scouted out his victims, authorities said Monday. Investigators are calling Justin Christian, of Lorain, … read more.

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