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New rule: No weapons before students
Tue  Nov 18 2014 03:16PM
In the wake of last week’s ‘hard lockdown’ drill at a Winter Haven middle school where school police officers had guns drawn while students were present, the Polk school district … read more.
New rule: No weapons before students
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
In the wake of last week’s ‘hard lockdown’ drill at a Winter Haven middle school during which school police officers had guns drawn while students were present, the Polk school … read more.
Dogs getting homes, but questions remain
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
Almost three-quarters of the dogs involved in an alleged dog fighting case in Bartow and Fort Meade are getting new homes in the coming months, but who they were fighting … read more.
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Bell lauds veterans at Fort Meade event
Wed  Nov 19 2014 08:30AM
County Commissioner Melony Bell recalls the day she came to grips with the reality of military service in this country. “I can remember the day my brother Tim left,” she said. The time was the early 1980s, and she said … read more.

December happenings at the History Center
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
Journey into Polk history this month at the Polk County History Center. The following programs and events are open to the public and free at the Polk County History Center. It is at 100 E. Main St., Bartow. For information … read more.

Holiday closings
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
The following places will be closed during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Polk County Courthouse: Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 The Polk County Public Schools: Monday, Nov. 24 through Friday, Nov. 28 The Lake Wales Charter School District: Monday, … read more.

Pet insurance … should I use it?
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:30AM
Insurance, to some it is a dirty word. Human insurance can be a difficult and tricky thing to navigate. So what about insurance for your pet. Is it beneficial? Helpful? Useful? The purpose of pet insurance is to allow you … read more.

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Grand jury focused on fatal ‘tussle’
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what … read more.

Ferguson simmers
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Attorneys for Michael Brown’s family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, while the officer insisted in his first public statements that he could not have done anything … read more.

Emotion, evidence spur anger in Ferguson
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
(AP) — Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. What was behind the wave of emotion? Why do so many refuse to accept … read more.

‘Wizard of Oz’ lion costume fetches $3M
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” and the piano from the movie “Casablanca” each sold for over $3 million at a New York City auction. They were among Hollywood memorabilia offered … read more.

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