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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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Florida shootout leaves deputy, gunman dead
Sun  Nov 23 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A man set his house on fire and then fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another Saturday when they responded to the scene, before he was shot to death by other law enforcement officers, authorities said. Deputies … read more.

Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:20PM

Cleanup on, flood threat looms after huge NY snow
Sun  Nov 23 2014 01:19AM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Beth Bragg’s home was spared the worst of a lake-effect storm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under more than 7 feet of snow. So why was she out first-thing Saturday with her shovel? “I … read more.

Trolley linking Homestead, parks expands
Sun  Nov 23 2014 01:19AM
HOMESTEAD (AP) — A trolley service linking downtown Homestead with two nearby national parks is expanding its service. The Homestead National Parks Trolley will operate on weekends from Nov. 22 through April 26. Officials say they’re adding more tour times … read more.

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