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Shotguns stolen in break-in
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
A break-in occurred at approximately 3 a.m., Monday, Feb. 23 at Bartow Jewelry & Pawn Shop, 425 E. Main St., according to owners Erik and Mychele Jenkins. “The alarm first … read more.
Advice: Increase revenues, make drastic cuts
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
With the Polk County School Board in the financial bind they find themselves in, with a mega-million-dollar needs list and only petty cash coming in, the Board is looking at … read more.
Wounded Warrior banquet nearly sold out
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
If you haven’t got your tickets to Saturday night’s Wounded Warrior Sportsman Fund banquet, you’d better hurry, said organizer Wayne Shelby. “We’re pretty close to sold out,” he said, meaning … read more.
LeRoy: School system needs improvement
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
While there were some disturbing trends unveiled by Kathryn LeRoy, there were also signs of progress. LeRoy is Polk County Public Schools System Superintendent and she gave her assessment of … read more.
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Athletic trainers positions questioned
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
It is still undecided whether Polk County school varsity sports team rosters next year will have athletic trainers added to the staff as the Polk County School Board wrestles with where money would come from to pay for them. Polk … read more.

Union Academy fundraiser exceeds expectations
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Turnout was high, in fact, higher than anticipated, depending upon who one spoke to, at Union Academy’s Ranch Roundup Dinner and Auction. The event, the school’s first, was held Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Sackett Ranch. The event was sponsored … read more.

Yellow Jackets fall in regional semi-finals
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
The Bartow High School boys basketball team has been very good over most of the last decade. This year the Jackets were at it again, winning the schools’ 26th district championship in boys basketball over Lakeland 65-51 on Feb. 7. … read more.

All ACEs for students as they earned scholarships
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
It was all aces for students at last week’s ACE Mentor program’s annual banquet where a half dozen students took home the pot, scholarships for $1,000 to $2,500 each. The ACE program: Architecture, Construction and Engineering, is an after-school program … read more.

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Antarctica’s retreating ice may reshape Earth
Sat  Feb 28 2015 01:19AM
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can’t be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet below to reshape Earth. Water … read more.

Stocks slip after weaker growth
Sat  Feb 28 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — February proved to be a strong month for U.S. stocks, even though it ended in downbeat fashion. Major stock indexes closed lower on Friday, capping a week of subdued trading that still delivered a couple of … read more.

Sat  Feb 28 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left … read more.

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83
Sat  Feb 28 2015 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES — In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, “I Am Not Spock” — an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him. … read more.

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