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High school teacher charged with threatening teen
Thu  Jun 22 2017 04:54PM
Thomas Griffin is an ESE teacher at Lake Region High School in Winter Haven, was charged Thursday, June 22, after he broke a fence post and threatened a 17-year-old boy … read more.
Long-time members reminisce about their church
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW — It has been a heady year thus far for First United Methodist Church of Bartow as it celebrates its 150th anniversary. Among its current congregation are several long-time … read more.
Commissioners question Northern Connector
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
BARTOW – Polk County Commissioners may abandon their long-time top transportation priority, even though they just got a $7.5 million slice of the state budget to add to the $30 … read more.
State cuts more than $6 million from Bok Towers
Thu  Jun 22 2017 01:12PM
LAKE WALES – Despite a massive letter writing campaign, Bok Tower Gardens will have to make do without the funding for its partnership with The University of Florida’s Institute of … read more.
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Hearing on medical marijuana could set county standards
Tue  Jun 20 2017 02:56PM
BARTOW – Polk County Commissioners on Tuesday were expected to approve the first reading of an ordinance that will say where medical marijuana dispensaries can be in the unincorporated areas of the county. But, according to County Attorney Michael Craig, … read more.

Airport Authority to take out loan
Tue  Jun 20 2017 02:54PM
BARTOW — It has been many years since the Bartow Municipal Airport and Industrial Park has needed to take out a loan. Thus it was at the April meeting the Airport Authority Board instructed Executive Director Cynthia Barrow to solicit … read more.

Troutman to seek Ag Commissioner seat
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
TALLAHASSEE – Former state Rep. Baxter Troutman entered the race for state agriculture commissioner last week, priming his Republican bid for a Cabinet seat with $2.5 million of his own money. He is the second person that represented Polk County … read more.

Recent rains have helped the drought
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
WINTER HAVEN – On May 23 staff with the Southwest Florida Water Management District announced that the region was experiencing the third worst dry season since 1914. Oh what a difference two weeks makes. Rain has fallen somewhere in Polk … read more.

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US stock indexes hold steady as oil’s dismal week eases
Fri  Jun 23 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes held steady Thursday after the price of oil halted its slide, at least for now. Energy stocks fell again, but not by nearly as much as earlier in the week, after crude rose for … read more.

Qatar Airways seeks stake in American Airlines
Fri  Jun 23 2017 01:19AM
DALLAS — State-owned Qatar Airways is attempting to buy 10 percent of American Airlines, a surprising move that would trigger an antitrust review by the U.S. government and carry political and trade-policy implications. American said in a regulatory filing Thursday … read more.

‘Imagine’ if Britain stays in EU
Fri  Jun 23 2017 01:19AM
BRUSSELS — While European Union chief Donald Tusk may still be “a dreamer” hoping that Britain is having second thoughts on leaving the EU, other leaders at Thursday’s EU summit tried to shake him back to reality. Discord over whether … read more.

London fire: Tests show other high-rises have suspect panels
Fri  Jun 23 2017 01:19AM
LONDON — Tests so far have found that at least seven high-rise apartment buildings in England have combustible external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed 79 people in London, Prime Minister Theresa May’s … read more.

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