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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.
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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 said. The time was the early 1980s, and she said … read more.

December happenings at the History Center
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
Journey into Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. The following programs and events are open to the public and free at the Polk County History Center. It is at 100 E. Main St., Bartow. For information … read more.

Holiday closings
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
The following places will be closed during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Polk County Courthouse: Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 The Polk County Public Schools: Monday, Nov. 24 through Friday, Nov. 28 The Lake Wales Charter School District: Monday, … read more.

Pet insurance … should I use it?
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
Insurance, to some it is a dirty word. Human insurance can be a difficult and tricky thing to navigate. So what about insurance for your pet. Is it beneficial? Helpful? Useful? The purpose of pet insurance is to allow you … read more.

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US stock market inches to record
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market eked out another record close on Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy and some corporate earnings. Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in … read more.

Obama pardons Mac and Cheese
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on Wednesday took … read more.

Snowstorm hampers travel
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
MINEOLA, N.Y. — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. By … read more.

Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000
Thu  Nov 27 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months. Weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the Labor Department said … read more.

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