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10 from cheerleading commit
Tue  May 24 2016 04:52PM
BARTOW — It was a high energy event, no question about it. For on Thursday, May 19, inside the Bartow High School cafeteria, 10 graduating seniors on the Coed Cheerleading … read more.
Home of Champions
Tue  May 24 2016 04:40PM
• Cheerleaders sign scholarship, Page 46 The Bartow High School gym was rocking Monday as virtually the student body turned out to cheer and celebrate what the school definitely is … read more.
Onward and upward for Pudge
Tue  May 24 2016 04:36PM
After an illustrious career with the Bartow Police Department, it came as a shock to many when David Aaron Wyant, best known as “Pudge,” announced he was leaving the force … read more.
‘Millennial Moms’ still key for citrus marketing efforts
Tue  May 24 2016 04:38PM
BARTOW — The Florida Department of Citrus will be giving up a lot of things in its next budget year, but ‘millennial moms’ won’t be one of them, it hopes. … read more.
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Lindsey: More precautions needed
Tue  May 24 2016 05:10PM
In a week and a day after it was proposed by a Polk County Commissioner at a regular board meeting, a street light was installed at the intersection on Clubhouse Road and Andros Boulevard in South Lakeland where a George … read more.

County plans to improve, speed up P&D department
Tue  May 24 2016 05:08PM
The Polk County Commission last Tuesday agreed to implement a series of changes that are expected to improve and speed up the way the board’s planning and development department does business. The county will be following a strategic plan drawn … read more.

18 to fight the road ahead
Tue  May 24 2016 04:44PM
Eighteen people on Friday graduated from the Polk County Problem Solving overcoming alcohol and drug addictions and they were told at the ceremony at the Polk County Courthouse that a lot still lies ahead of them. “This is our 16th … read more.

Stimulating minds via the senses marks third Take the Lead
Tue  May 24 2016 04:44PM
(Editor’s note: This is the next installment in an ongoing series about Take the Lead, a program for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments, yet who are still able to live at home; it is a partnership … read more.

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Forensic expert suggests explosion downed EgyptAir jet
Tue  May 24 2016 11:16PM
CAIRO (AP) — Body parts recovered from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 showed signs of burns and were so small that they suggested the jet was brought down by an explosion, a member of the team examining the remains … read more.

Police find 5 hacked-up bodies in Mexican Gulf coast state
Tue  May 24 2016 11:14PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz found the hacked-up bodies of what appear to be five men along with a sign attributing the killings to a dispute between drug cartels, prosecutors said Tuesday. The … read more.

2 more journalists go missing in lawless area of Colombia
Tue  May 24 2016 11:12PM
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two more journalists were reported missing Tuesday in a lawless region where Colombian security forces were already carrying out an extensive search for a prominent Spanish journalist who disappeared over the weekend. The two journalists from … read more.

Sailors’ nightmare in Rio Olympics: plastic bags, trash
Tue  May 24 2016 11:10PM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If you’re the head of world sailing, this is your worst Olympic nightmare. A sailor nears the finish line in Rio de Janeiro’s polluted Guanabara Bay, holding the lead with a coveted gold medal in … read more.

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