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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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Susan Rice, Samantha Power to address AIPAC meeting
Fri  Feb 27 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that may ease — or exacerbate — spiraling tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House has decided against snubbing America’s leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama’s … read more.

Chile government rejects 14 year-old’s plea for euthanasia
Fri  Feb 27 2015 01:19AM
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s government on Thursday rejected an ailing 14-year-old girl’s plea to let her “sleep forever.” Cystic fibrosis sufferer Valentina Maureira posted a YouTube video shot from what appeared to be a hospital bed asking President Michelle … read more.

Couple married 67 years dies holding hands
Fri  Feb 27 2015 01:19AM
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Floyd and Violet Hartwig’s marriage spanned 67 years, but their love for one another appears timeless. Sensing that the couple was close to death, their children pushed their two hospice beds together and gently placed their … read more.

Minnesota teen pleads guilty to trying to support terrorism
Fri  Feb 27 2015 01:19AM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota teenager who had been stopped at the airport as he was trying to travel to Syria pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Abdullahi Mohamud … read more.

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