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How to ‘weather’ the storm
Sat  Aug 29 2015 11:26AM
Although the possibility exists Tropical Storm Erika may be upgraded to hurricane status, and at press time its direction had turned westward the likelihood it will hit Florida is uncertain, … read more.
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.
Making a difference
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
About 28 volunteers recently RSVP’d to a call for Tale Tellers in public schools. Tale Tellers are senior volunteers who are willing to spend 30 minutes a week reading to … read more.
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Popped in the windows
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
It may not appear that way, but downtown Bartow is booming; that according to Laura Simpson, executive director of Main Street Bartow. Since taking on the position this past November 2014, a number of businesses have opened. Of course, sad … read more.

Crickettes kick off football season
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
The football season kicked off at Monday’s weekly Crickette Club meeting and led by Kat Chinault as table 4 was crowned super bowl champions as it got the trophy, two glued together plastic cups with a number 1 on it … 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.

Evidence room fire actually a help
Sat  Aug 29 2015 08:30AM
Beginning July 2009, Joe Hall began his tenure as Bartow Police Chief, coming out of a brief retirement from a similar position with the Panama City Police Department, where he had begun his career in law enforcement. Since arriving in … read more.

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US stocks close out their worst month in 3 years
Mon  Aug 31 2015 10:26PM
NEW YORK (AP) — August was a brutal month for investors. Fears about a slowdown in China’s economy and concerns about when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates pushed stocks sharply lower this month. While the market recovered much … read more.

Grenade mars Ukraine protest
Mon  Aug 31 2015 10:26PM
KIEV, Ukraine — As lawmakers took up a measure to give greater powers to separatists in eastern Ukraine, nationalist protesters clashed with police outside parliament on Monday, and the Interior Ministry said one officer was killed in a grenade blast … read more.

Titanic menu up for auction
Mon  Aug 31 2015 10:25PM
NEW YORK — The Titanic’s last lunch menu — saved by a passenger who climbed aboard the so-called “Money Boat” before the ocean liner went down — is going to auction, where it’s estimated it will bring $50,000 to $70,000. … read more.

McKinley is now Denali
Mon  Aug 31 2015 10:25PM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — President Barack Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to Alaska on Monday, aiming to thrust climate change to the forefront of the global agenda with a historic visit that will put the state’s liquefying glaciers … read more.

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