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Millions in renovations may come
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Bartow High School may have recently had a minor facelift, but it’s now looking at a major overhaul to the tune of about $25 million, according to Polk Public Schools … read more.
Get set, get ready … dig
Thu  Oct 20 2016 02:02PM
When most people imagine autumn colors, they usually think of orange, red, and yellow. Rarely do they consider green or any other bright color. While this may be true up … read more.
Ever heard this one?
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
There may been truth to what Frank Johnson said at the start of the roast honoring S.L. Frisbie this past Oct. 11, as he cited the late actress Elizabeth Taylor. “I’m … read more.
Our veterans are centerfolds
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
These 12 people probably never expected to be centerfolds, and most don’t fit the general idea, but nonetheless early next month they will be. Not in a skimpy swimsuit pin-up … read more.
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Supporters still trumped up
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Neither rain nor heat could deter Trump supporters from gathering at a local regional airport to hear from their presidential nominee when he made a whistlestop in Lakeland last week. Republican nominee Donald Trump flew into Lakeland Linder Airport at … read more.

Hall: Stuff still to do but getting back where it should be
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Continuing what he started four years ago, Board of County Commissioners District 5 incumbent candidate John Hall hopes to continue helping steer the county’s rebound from the recession that hit the county hard eight years ago. Hall, a Republican and the … read more.

Castagnero wants to be public’s servant
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Politics are not a new game for Lakeland resident Carol Castagnero. Oh, no. She’s run for office before, for everything from Congress, the governor’s office to state representative. But that’s changed. She’s after another office now, this one closer to … read more.

Dimmig says court needs to address core issues of crimes
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
For Rex Dimmig, being the Public Defender is more than just representing indigent clients standing before a judge and prosecutor. It is showing that the legal system cares and that means going beyond the legal charges that has brought a … read more.

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State, National and World News
The Latest: Parole board declines to halt Georgia execution
Tue  Oct 18 2016 06:47PM
BC-US--Georgia Death Penalty-The Latest, 1st Ld-Writethru,417 The Latest: Parole board declines to halt Georgia execution AP Photo AX101 Eds: With AP Photos. classify(id:f8bc602ed6564f03b4727bb2a0b28703;section:AP Event;name:Georgia Death Penalty; The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of Gregory … read more.

Astronaut describes career detour to US health director
Tue  Oct 18 2016 06:47PM
BC-US-SCI--DNA in Space, 1st Ld-Writethru,415 Astronaut describes career detour to US health director AP Photo NY122 Eds: Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos. By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Kate Rubins applied to be … read more.

NTSB blames pilot error for Ohio jet crash that killed 9
Tue  Oct 18 2016 06:46PM
AP-US-Plane-Crash-Apartment-Building,459 NTSB blames pilot error for Ohio jet crash that killed 9 AP Photo OHPX201, OHAKR201 Eds: Adds graphic. With Plane Crash-Apartment Building-The Latest. With AP Photos. By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board … read more.

Alaska police officer shot; shooter still sought
Sun  Oct 16 2016 08:57PM
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska police officer was seriously injured in an early morning shooting, according to the Fairbanks police department. The Fairbanks News-Miner reports the officer was flown to Anchorage for treatment. Police are still searching for the … read more.

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