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Drop out rate falls to lowest level in 12 years
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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 08:30AM
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
Sierra Leone: Officials confirm new Ebola death
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Health officials in Sierra Leone on Sunday confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country’s last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Samples from the body of a 67-year-old woman who … read more.

Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Cairo on Sunday to protest comments he made after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting “false news.” The ministry said in … read more.

Hungary detains 5th suspect in truck deaths of 71 in Austria
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A fifth man suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in neighboring Austria has been detained, Hungarian police said Sunday. The Bulgarian national was arrested on Saturday evening, a … read more.

Nigerian official: Boko Haram trying to hit Lagos
Mon  Aug 31 2015 01:19AM
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s Islamic extremist rebels Boko Haram are trying to extend their violent campaign across the country including Lagos, the country largest city, an intelligence official said Sunday There has been a sudden influx of Boko Haram … read more.

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