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Drop out rate falls to lowest level in 12 years
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:00AM
Shortly after learning that Polk Schools dropout rates have dropped to their lowest in 12 years, the Polk County School board wrestled with whether to allow students who only earn … read more.
Here she is … for the foreseeable future
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:00AM
Mark Jackson came straight to the point as to why a press conference was called at the Lakeland Center YouKey Theater. Jackson is the director of the Polk County’s Tourism … read more.
Election HQ to stay in Bartow
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:00AM
The Supervisor of Elections Office main office will remain in Bartow, though counting the votes and filing of papers will likely be in the new office that is planned to … read more.
Miners rout Hornets, ready for the Border War on Friday
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
The 2015 season opened up with a bang as the Miners took care of Haines City 34-7 in the preseason kickoff classic. “All in all it was a solid night … read more.
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Stargel holds forth at Tiger Bay
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:00AM
Healthcare is a subject that matters a lot to State Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-District 15). It was one of several topics she touched upon in either her opening remarks or when taking questions from the audience at her Thursday, Aug. … read more.

Community Calendar
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:00AM
Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 Chamber 2-Ball Challenge, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. New event is a morning of golf for those who like friendly competition. Each golfer is treated to continental breakfast and awards lunch. Bartow Golf Course, 190 Idlewood Avenue, Bartow. … read more.

Tickets on sale for FCA banquet
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:00AM
Former Florida State University head football coach is the guest speaker at this year’s Florida Christian Athlete’s banquet. Tickets for the event are currently on sale. The banquet is scheduled at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Lakeland Center exhibit … read more.

September happenings at the History Center
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:00AM
There’s going to be plenty of learning the outdoors this month at the Polk County History Center as the new fishing exhibit is out there and this month’s Lunch and Learn is about the mosquitoes. On the schedule this month … read more.

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State, National and World News
Wall Street ends week peacefully
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Well, that was exciting. Days after China threw the biggest scare into Wall Street in years, U.S. stocks have come surging back and ended the week Friday on a placid note that suggested the worst may … read more.

Dominica prime minister says 20 dead following ‘Erika’
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:19AM
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people on the small eastern Caribbean island of … read more.

Attack draws scrutiny to European railways
Sat  Aug 29 2015 01:19AM
PARIS (AP) — Europe’s rail system is at the heart of its open borders, a way for passengers to travel on some of the world’s fastest and most sophisticated mass transit with no need for passports or even ID. The … read more.

Ex-student acquitted of felony rape
Fri  Aug 28 2015 10:20PM
CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire jury on Friday convicted Owen Labrie of five counts — including statutory rape — in connection with the sexual assault of another student at a prestigious boarding school, but it acquitted him of more … read more.

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