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Day of Prayer
Thu  Jul 10 2014 02:43PM
Tax hike could be answer
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
Faced with mounting school facilities maintenance issues that total $274 million, the Polk County School Board Tuesday hinted at a possible tax hike as the only way to alleviate what … read more.
BHS student receives select invitation
Tue  Mar 18 2014 04:38PM
The past few weeks have been a bit of a blur for Marshayla Frazier and her mother, Marcia Stanley. Several weeks ago, the two of them returned from a weekend … read more.
Park plan includes hotel, RV camping, solar farm
Tue  Mar 18 2014 04:38PM
Fort Meade’s Outdoor Recreation Area could be a bustling, vibrant tourist destination if the vision of a city consultant ever comes to fruition. Glenn Clover will present an updated site … read more.
Hayes acquitted in battery trial
Tue  Mar 18 2014 04:36PM
A former Lake Wales citizen basketball coach for the Lake Wales Highlanders was acquitted of battery, by a jury ruled at the Polk County Courthouse, last Wednesday. Burney Hayes had … read more.
Longtime commissioner leaves lasting mark
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
Every time Melony Bell takes to the Polk County Commission dais, a little piece of Joe Brown goes with her. Brown, one of Fort Meade longest serving city commissioners, died … read more.
Education is the key
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
Eight school and law enforcement officials agreed Thursday that a solution to bullying is education, but the trick is, who’s going to do it. School officials including Superintendent of Schools … read more.
The ultimate love story
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
Arno and Myrtle Birdsong undoubtedly always knew what their final words to each other would be. They just probably hadn’t imagined how they would be delivered. After 71 years of … read more.
Baseball goes back to Florida’s beginning
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
Florida was almost the original sandlot for baseball. It had the sand, lots of it, and its origins as THE game in Florida go back almost to the beginning of … read more.
Kathryn LeRoy named school superintendent
Mon  Oct 7 2013 02:45PM
An estimated 50 people were present May 22 when Kathryn LeRoy was chosen as the new Polk County Public Schools superintendent. Unlike the two rounds of school superintendent interviews, which … read more.
Refurbished air traffic control structure ‘towers’ above
Tue  Mar 18 2014 04:38PM
“I’m the best control tower operator here,” boasted Kevin Ford, to which Dave Moore derisively snorted, and that led to further claims who indeed was the better of the two. … read more.
STEM sprouts from grant
Tue  Mar 18 2014 04:38PM
Hundreds of Bartow parents, business representatives and guests went on a treasure hunt Thursday at Bartow Elementary Academy to learn how a $500,000 federal grant was tapped for science, technology, … read more.
Cities dressed in green
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
There were 187 representatives from more than 20 municipal governments on hand at the Bartow Civic Center Thursday, March 13, mostly dressed in green for the annual Ridge of the … read more.
Bell kicks off campaign for second term
Tue  Mar 18 2014 04:38PM
It was a veritable who’s who among Polk County Republican movers and shakers in attendance Monday, Feb. 24 at the Rocking H Ranch in Lakeland. They were among family, friends, … read more.
Bartow native, grad Fort Meade principal
Tue  Mar 18 2014 04:36PM
Turns out the new principal at Fort Meade Middle Senior High School isn’t that new after all. Assistant Principal Amy Hardee, a native of Bartow and a Bartow High School … read more.
Aeromed unveils new helicopter
Tue  Mar 18 2014 04:36PM
On Thursday, March 13, Tampa General Hospital and Aeromed (which is contracted with the hospital) officially unveiled its new helicopter: the Bell 407GX. The helicopter is one of four that … read more.
Classroom Breakfast to expand
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
Soon, students at eight Polk County elementary schools will be able to swoop a hot breakfast off a cart outside their classroom and eat it at their desks. Now, only … read more.
Still beaming at 71
Sat  Mar 22 2014 08:00AM
Baseball fans who dropped in at the Tuesday, Feb. 14 Lunch ‘n’ Learn program on Baseball in Florida program at the Polk County History Center got an extra innings treat … read more.
Taste of Chamber also a kickoff of PSC classroom of business
Tue  Mar 18 2014 04:36PM
It was wall-to-wall people and wall-to-wall excitement Thursday, March 6 at A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure. Not only was there a teaming up with The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce by … read more.
Drive helps tornado victims
Sat  Jun 22 2013 08:00AM
In his last appearance as interim school superintendent, John Stewart had little to offer at the May 22 Polk County Public Schools Board of Education meeting. What he did have … read more.