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Byrd: Her teachers won’t be armed
Wed  Mar 14 2018 09:14AM
BARTOW – Days before Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026 into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act Friday afternoon, Polk County Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd released … read more.
High-note professionals share expertise
Wed  Mar 14 2018 09:20AM
The Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Endeavor Young Professional Trailblazers got to hear a few stories from others who were trailblazers themselves, at last Thursday’s roundtable event held at the … read more.
Science lab offers hands on learning
Mon  Mar 19 2018 11:27AM
Take some students who enjoy interacting hands-on with science, add a full science lab and watch the experiment grow. According to Diane Rosebrough, principal at John Snively Elementary, one of … read more.
Egg Hunts
Wed  Mar 14 2018 09:18AM
Polk County Parks and Recreation, all of these are on March 26 at 9 a.m. sharp. Bring your own Easter basket. Every egg contains a prize. Ft. Meade Ft. Meade … read more.
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Post disaster effort continues
Wed  Mar 14 2018 09:18AM
Not everyone has recuperated from Hurricane Irma, which made its unwelcome appearance in September, but there is a group which is part of the grassroots effort to help people get back on their feet. AmeriCorps is in Polk County, and … read more.

CRA discusses new draft plan
Wed  Mar 14 2018 09:16AM
LAKE WALES – On March 1, the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency board met for the first time since October. For those not familiar with how Community Redevelopment Agencies or CRAs work, roughly speaking, local leaders can map out areas … read more.

Lake Wales has a new city flag
Wed  Mar 14 2018 09:16AM
LAKE WALES – Soon a new city flag will be flying above city hall. “I can’t wait to see it flying out front,” said 18-year-old Roosevelt Academy student Ronald Cain. Last year, Cain was studying flag design as part of … read more.

Power rates going down in Bartow soon
Wed  Mar 14 2018 09:16AM
BARTOW – For the second time in city history, electric rates are likely to be reduced starting April 1. In January, the city’s seven year contract to purchase power in bulk ended, and another contract was subsequently renegotiated. City Manager … read more.

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Trump elevates simmering Mueller, McCabe grievances to boil
Mon  Mar 19 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is questioning the impartiality of Robert Mueller’s investigation and says the probe is groundless, while raising doubts about whether a fired top FBI official kept personal memos outlining his interactions with Trump. Trump on Sunday … read more.

Saudi crown prince heads to White House and Silicon Valley
Mon  Mar 19 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Promoting the image of a new Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives Monday in Washington on a cross-country trip to court government officials, Silicon Valley technology companies, investors and one of his biggest fans: President Donald … read more.

Lawmakers say UK should consider postponing Brexit
Mon  Mar 19 2018 01:19AM
LONDON — Britain should consider postponing Brexit because there may not be enough time to strike a deal with the European Union before the U.K. leaves the bloc a year from now, a key committee of British lawmakers said Sunday. … read more.

’Black Panther’ tops box office for 5th straight weekend
Mon  Mar 19 2018 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Not since “Avatar” has a box-office hit had the kind of staying power of “Black Panther.” Ryan Coogler’s comic-book sensation on Sunday became the first film since James Cameron’s 2009 smash to top the weekend box office … read more.

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