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BHS teacher arrested for pot possession
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
A Bartow High School math teacher is on paid suspension after he was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana and paraphernalia on Friday. John Michael Garrison, 45, of 5109 Idlewood … read more.
Should pot law be in state constitution?
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Much of the arguments on the amendment concerning medical marijuana are about whether this is a stepping stone to marijuana becoming a decriminalized drug in the future. Opponents of the … read more.
BHS locked down
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Bartow High School was locked down as there was a report that a student saw another student with a “weapon of some kind,” the school … read more.
Coyote spotted in Bartow
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
For several days and nights, Rosemary Carter’s sheltie would bark incessantly when let out into the backyard. She suspected her dog was barking because of another animal. She also believed … read more.
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Two charged in dog-fighting case
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
A suspect arrested in connection with a Fort Meade and Bartow dog-fighting ring said in 2006 that “I do have a problem with keeping dogs,” but that he “didn’t care for dog fighting.” Hewitt Grant, 47, of 880 L.B. Brown … read more.

BMS names new principal
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The long wait is over for Bartow Middle School. Dr. Leigh Anne Cooley, an administrator from Osceola County and assistant principal at Gateway High School in Kissimmee, will take over the troubled school after her appointment is approved by the … read more.

Lake Wales wins berth in district playoffs
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The Lake Wales Highlanders played their best game of the season in their most important game Friday night at Legion Field. LWHS beat Auburndale 42-12 to win the Class 5A, District 10 championship. The Highlanders improved to 6-2 overall and … read more.

It’s a weird, weird, weird Florida
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Florida’s weird, real weird. At least that’s what author Charlie Carlson says. There’s ghosts, goblins, monsters and UFOs, the Seminole County resident and native told a standing-room-only crowd at Tuesday’s Lunch N Learn gathering at the Polk County History Center. … read more.

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Stocks slip after Fed statement; dollar gains
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — An optimistic statement from the Federal Reserve sent the dollar up and gold prices down Wednesday as traders prepared for rising interest rates. Major U.S. stock indexes ended with a slight loss after the Fed confirmed … read more.

Florida ready for recount
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — There’s a chance that Florida’s bitter — and expensive — governor’s race between incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist could trigger a recount — a word that sends shudders through the state. Polls consistently show … read more.

Obamacare subsidies challenged
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama’s health care law. Some of the same players who mounted the first failed effort … read more.

Obama: US can’t seal itself off
Thu  Oct 30 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon … read more.

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