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Heading to Ivy League
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
No one said making it to an Ivy League school would be easy. But that’s exactly where Fort Meade’s Erick Meza will be headed, thanks to a lot of his … read more.
Organizers want to raise bar after Relay nets $38,562
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
This year’s Relay For Life in Bartow raised $38,562, tens of thousands of dollars less than what is usually raised. But for those participating it wasn’t that discouraging. “We succeeded … read more.
Tables by an eagle
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
Joey Leab had a thought that the outdoor picnic tables beside the band building at Bartow High had to be replaced. And with that idea there are now two round … read more.
Fort Meade museum weekend could be glimpse at city’s future
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
Hundreds of historic U.S. military artifacts recovered around Fort Meade were displayed for the first time at Fort Meade Museum over the weekend. The hope is some day the artifacts … read more.
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The knight makes a ‘Deal’
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
Frostproof resident Rayon Williams never expected to be selected as a contestant during a taping of his favorite game show, “Let’s Make A Deal,” which made it all the more surprising for him when he was selected. Williams records every … read more.

Panel: Don’t shortchange your future
Wed  May 27 2015 09:50AM
Find your passion and pursue it and don’t shortchange your future by ignoring the chance to learn. That was the message from Erick Meza, an award-winning Bartow student, and Ravinder Pasumarthi, the dad of a local student, to a crowd … read more.

Some services temporarily unavailable at health department
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County will be undergoing equipment upgrades through June 1 at various site locations. As a result, computers and telephones at these locations will be temporarily unavailable and our clinic services will be limited. … read more.

Surveying, clearing for the park
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
On U.S. 98 Peace River Trail in Fort Meade, crews will begin surveying and clearing the path for the trail through Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area between U.S. 98 and Mount Pisgah Road. Project improvements include constructing a compacted coquina … read more.

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Census: No. of Americans on assistance may be leveling off
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The once-increasing number of Americans getting some kind of public assistance from the U.S. government may be slowing down, according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Approximately 52.2 million Americans — or 21.3 percent — … read more.

Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Wednesday makes it a state secret … read more.

Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. Archaeologist Yoram Haimi says organizers of Midburn, an Israeli affiliate of the Nevada … read more.

Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world’s digital photos and videos for free. The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google’s desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually … read more.

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