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Thousands of acres burn
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
INDIAN LAKE ESTATES — Thousands of acres, two single family homes, nine mobile homes and more than 100 hunting camps burned to the ground Wednesday, Feb. 15 in an out … read more.
Future of Roosevelt in the air
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
About a dozen Roosevelt Academy parents met in Bartow last week with brand new Chief Academic Officer Michael Akes to speak out to save the special school’s middle school program. … read more.
Sheriff seeks to move booking facility
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Many of Polk’s cops won’t have so far to go to get a prisoner to jail if a new $6- or $8-million jail booking facility is built close to the … read more.
Gizmo saves lives
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
As usual, Ron Perkins fell asleep on the couch Thursday night. He was watching “Blue Bloods.” “The next thing I knew I was hearing a cat meowing,” he recalled. “I … read more.
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Polk Vision learns of community schools
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
It seems that Polk Vision and the Polk County School District both have the same vision — community schools. A Polk Vision group learned last week exactly what a “community school” is and what it may do for the county. … read more.

Move on McLaughlin may be premature
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
McLaughlin Middle School in Lake Wales could be shut down and reopened as a charter school if the Polk County School Board decides to do so. McLaughlin has been a struggling school, with its grades hovering around an F for … read more.

SyFy Bartow
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
See more photos at … read more.

19 tie the knot at same time
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Eli and Crystal Erwin wanted their wedding to be especially romantic by hosting it on Valentine’s Day. They also didn’t want to spend too much money on an elaborate ceremony. The Lakeland couple were able to have the affordable wedding … read more.

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State, National and World News
Rick Scott gets post that may elevate national profile
Mon  Feb 27 2017 01:00AM
Gov. Rick Scott will be second-in-command of a Republican organization that played a huge financial role in his re-election. On Friday the Republican Governor’s Association named Scott their vice chairman, replacing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who resigned and was … read more.

Justices turn down FPL in power line dispute
Mon  Feb 27 2017 01:00AM
TALLAHASSEE — The state Supreme Court on Friday turned down an appeal by Florida Power & Light in a case about whether the utility could be required to install underground transmission lines as part of a nuclear-power project in Miami-Dade … read more.

Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again
Sun  Feb 26 2017 07:37PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten livestock. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, … read more.

Air Force officer’s sexual assault sentence called lenient
Mon  Feb 27 2017 01:19AM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force noncommissioned officer convicted of misconduct with eight women, including three who accused him of sexually assaulting them, was sentenced to three months confinement and another month of hard labor, a punishment a victims’ … read more.

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