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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.
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 … 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 … read more.
Always on the grow
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
Sunny days are the norm at Fort Meade’s Sunshine Growers. Last Friday, the sun was hidden behind the clouds. If anything, the gray skies only made the green plants stand … read more.
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Marker’s legend more interesting than legend
Sat  Nov 15 2014 08:30AM
A historical marker was placed on the grounds of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa in a re-dedication ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 13. The marker denotes the history of the short-lived Fort Carroll, which was constructed during the presidency of Zachary … 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 against continues to be a mystery. Representatives of the Polk … read more.

Fall Festival
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
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Tribes work to create sex-offender registries
Thu  Nov 20 2014 09:31PM
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — More than three-quarters of American Indian tribes that have the authority to develop sex-offender registries are well on their way to meeting the legal requirements meant to keep convicted criminals from hiding out on tribal lands, … read more.

Polls: Employers still prioritize health coverage
Thu  Nov 20 2014 09:31PM
(AP) — Employers squeezed by years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul are still making employee health insurance a priority, but that coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years. A poll from The Associated … read more.

Sentencing delayed for terror supporter in Florida
Thu  Nov 20 2014 09:31PM
MIAMI (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a man convicted in South Florida of supporting terrorists in an FBI sting in which an undercover operative posed as a financing middleman in Internet chats. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro said … read more.

Oops! Administration erred on health law sign-ups
Thu  Nov 20 2014 09:31PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration Thursday acknowledged it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. It’s another credibility problem … read more.

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