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BMS teacher arrested
Sat  Aug 2 2014 12:35AM
A Bartow Middle School English teacher was booked into the Polk County Jail Wednesday without bond for making threats to an assistant state attorney, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported. … read more.
A small roar
Sat  Aug 2 2014 12:35AM
Judith Galm “hedged her bets” prior to the start of the noon get-together Wednesday, July 30 at the Perkins Restaurant and Bakery. She, along with Dean Hess, were on hand … read more.
Alignment Polk ready to launch
Sat  Aug 2 2014 12:35AM
The Polk County School Board Tuesday agreed to cough up $100,000 in cash or in-kind match for Polk Vision to launch Alignment Polk, a blending of resources they say will … read more.
Polytechnic, Mosaic partner to support students, research
Sat  Aug 2 2014 12:35AM
In a formal signing ceremony held Friday, Aug. 1 at Florida Polytechnic University’s Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute facility in Bartow, the Mosaic Company joined Florida Polytechnic University as … read more.
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LeRoy lays out district plan
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
Polk County School Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy took her “state of the schools” show on the road Monday with her first stop at Summerlin Academy in Bartow. About 100 residents, parents and school officials filled the multipurpose room at the school … read more.

Tax-free weekend
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
On Aug. 18, an estimated 90,000 Polk County students will head back to school and for parents or guardians outfitting their student, this weekend is the time to shop for those classroom necessities. It is the annual sales tax exempt … read more.

A new start
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
It looked like a ragtag bunch of kids playing with musical instruments, but in just a few weeks, it will be a precision marching team, standing tall and playing the “Pachelbel Canon” like nobody’s business. It will be the award-winning, … read more.

Chalet swamped with business in final days
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
It is definite. The Chalet Suzanne will absolutely close for good within the next several weeks. “August 10 is absolutely the last day,” said Denise Hinshaw, owner with her husband, Eric. As a result of its announced closing, Chalet Suzanne … read more.

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State, National and World News
Israel pushes deeper into Gaza
Fri  Aug 1 2014 09:38PM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally … read more.

S&P 500 has worst week in 2 years
Fri  Aug 1 2014 09:36PM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell for a second day Friday, adding to the massive sell-off the day before and giving the market its worst week in two years. Investors found little reason to move money into stocks, faced … read more.

Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at crash site
Fri  Aug 1 2014 09:36PM
HRABOVE, Ukraine — Wearing gloves and carrying blue plastic buckets, international investigators finally began gathering up body parts and victims’ belongings Friday in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down. Artillery boomed in the distance as the 70-member … read more.

Judge: Draw new map
Fri  Aug 1 2014 09:36PM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis wants the new map by Aug. 15, meaning … read more.

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