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$1 million coming for tech
Sat  Nov 1 2014 08:30AM
While everything, including state-mandated tests, seems to be moving toward technology, the Polk County School Board Tuesday learned it will receive an additional $1 million from the state to help … read more.
Cooley hot to turn around BMS
Sat  Nov 1 2014 08:30AM
Bartow Middle School’s new principal plans to manage by walking around, visiting with each teacher and every classroom and talking with students and parents as she plans to bring the … read more.
Sit down and write
Sat  Nov 1 2014 08:30AM
Grab a pen and some paper (or maybe just a blank document and your fingertips) and start writing. Sounds easy, but it isn’t, and this month the Bartow Public Library … read more.
More Local News

Sat  Nov 1 2014 08:30AM
Today Cemetery Tour, 11 a.m. A walking tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery starts at the History Center in Bartow. Polk County History Center, 100 E. Main St., Bartow 863-534-4386 or Multispecialty Robotic Microsurgery Symposium, a conference of … read more.

BHS teacher arrested for pot possession
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
A Bartow High School math teacher is on paid suspension after he was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana and paraphernalia on Friday. John Michael Garrison, 45, of 5109 Idlewood Lane, Lakeland, was booked into the Polk County Jail on … 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.

BHS locked down
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Bartow High School was locked down as there was a report that a student saw another student with a “weapon of some kind,” the school district reported. The school was on lockdown until shortly after … read more.

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Stocks cap wild month with rally
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October. Stocks started the month modestly below a record high, only to cascade to their worst slump in two years. But after flirting with a correction, … read more.

Tourist rocket explodes
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
MOJAVE, Calif. — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than … read more.

Gov. Scott distances self from scandals
Sat  Nov 1 2014 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE — As Florida slowly recovers from the Great Recession, Gov. Rick Scott has asked voters to judge him on his handling of the state’s economy and his ability to bring jobs to the Sunshine State. But in an election … read more.

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:19AM
JOHANNESBURG — The head of Africa’s continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later. Pledges to deploy 2,000 African health workers have remained largely … read more.

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