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  1. Bartow High School football player remains hospitalized after brawl between rival teams during game  ABC Action News
  2. Bartow High football player airlifted to hospital after being injured in fight  WTSP.com
  3. Bartow High School football player injured, airlifted from scene of fight during game  WFLA
  4. JV football player hospitalized after fight between teams  Bay News 9
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Bartow High School (Fla.) JV player airlifted to hospital after brawl  USA TODAY High School Sports

At least 60 Bartow and Lakeland (Fl.) high school players began to brawl during a junior varsity football game over the weekend.



Solo ceremony for Bartow grad heading to boot camp  The Ledger

Elijah Keivon Eford has enlisted in the U.S. Army, but Uncle Sam demanded that he arrive for boot camp on May 27 — the day before BHS's official graduation.



$17.5M renovation project at Bartow High School underway  Bay News 9

Bartow High School is undergoing a $17.5 million renovation and construction on the new science and technology building is well underway.



Old memories make way for new construction at Bartow High School  The Ledger

Reunioners share memories of Bartow High School as campus transforms: “It's tearful. ... I've spent a lot of years at this school. It's kind of a tearjerker seeing it all ...



Polk graduation tickets in short supply - parents aren't happy  The Ledger

Grandparent Ricky Shirah: “This is not fair to the kids ... Everybody deserves the right to have their family there that day."



Prep football: Bartow whips Tenoroc 42-0 - Sports  The Ledger

BARTOW – Running backs Amarion Baker and Josh Burley ran for a combined 224 yards and four touchdowns to lead Bartow to a 42-0 win over Tenoroc in ...



Bartow ace Williamson now factor with her bat  The Ledger

BARTOW — Jaden Williamson, as the No. 1 starter, played a major role in Bartow's run to the softball state championship in 2016.Now a senior, her goal is to go ...



Five Art Pieces From Local Students Installed In Bartow City Hall  The Daily Ridge

Five Art Pieces From Local Students Installed In Bartow City Hall. by James Coulter. Brightly-colored planets revolving around a cracked-open egg like a sun.



Polk County Schools 2019 Graduation Schedule, Changes  Lakeland, FL Patch

Polk County Schools Graduation Schedule, Changes - Lakeland, FL - Polk County Public Schools are planning some changes for 2019 graduations Meanwhile, ...



Bartow cheer begins quest for 6th straight state championship  The Ledger

WINTER HAVEN — Polk County's most successful sports team this decade, Bartow cheerleading, begins its quest for a sixth-consecutive state championship ...



Prep football 2018: Bartow has a talented but young group  The Ledger

With perennial powers Lakeland, Kathleen and Winter Haven, it will be tough to get district wins.



Player injured in Bartow-Lakeland JV football game fight  The Ledger

BARTOW — Bartow police were called to Bartow High School on Thursday regarding a JV football fight involving students from Bartow and Lakeland high ...



County Breaks Ground On $17.5 Million Project At Bartow High School  The Daily Ridge

Polk County School Board Press Release. Polk County Public Schools officials on Tuesday broke ground for a major renovation to Bartow High School.



Bartow, Lake Wales softball advance to championship bracket  The Ledger

BARTOW — Lake Wales and Bartow each went undefeated in pool play on Friday and are the only two Polk teams to play in the championship bracket of the ...



Bartow High's Construction Academy inspires replication in 4 more Polk schools  The Ledger

What you see here is a success story of what (construction) academies can look like. It's encouraging that we can come together … to help our students.”



Downed limb darkens Polk Courthouse - News  The Ledger

The 7 a.m. outage took out power in downtown Bartow, along Main Street and on Broadway Avenue as far south as Bartow High School, said Brad Hiers, ...



Apopka heads opposing field coming to Stinger Shootout  The Ledger

When Scott Williams started the Stinger Shootout in 2003 when he was head coach at Lake Region, his goal was to bring top teams to Polk County the weekend ...



Local golf: Bartow standout commits to Florida Southern  The Ledger

While Bryce Walker is still only a junior in high school, the standout from Winter Haven's Collegiate High School has already chosen a landing spot for college ...



Kathleen, Winter Haven fall at Stinger Shootout; Jenkins wins  The Ledger

BARTOW — Kathleen and Winter Haven are accustomed to taking winning records into the postseason in boys basketball.That won't be the case during this ...



Friday 10News School of the Week: Bartow High School  WTSP.com

It's Friday, so you know it's that time of the week where we will be recognize a different school in Tampa Bay as 10News' School of the Week. This isn't just a pep ...



Bartow's defense stifles Lake Wales - Sports  The Ledger

BARTOW — When Bartow beat Lake Wales in mid-December, Bartow coach Terrence McGriff wasn't very please. Sure, he'll take the win, but the style of play ...



Gonzalez to UCF; 4 Bartow athletes go JuCo - Sports  The Ledger

The University of Central Florida became interested in J.J. Gonzalez when he was a freshman, and Gonzalez rewarded that interest by signing with UCF this ...



Inside Bartow High, One of America's Best High Schools  Daily Beast

In central Florida, a tiny school with an ambitious curriculum has transformed its students' lives—and landed at No. 2 on our ranking of America's best high ...



4 black schools in Polk funded in part by Sears co-owner  The Ledger

Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City and Lake Alfred all had black schools that received funding from Sears co-owner Julius Rosenwald.



4 Polk cheer squads win Region 3 titles, 8 advance to state finals  The Ledger

PLANT CITY — A late night turned into a great night for several Polk County cheerleading teams. Eight county squads qualified for the FHSAA state finals, and ...



Polk County School Board to consider Bartow High master plan, new buses  The Ledger

Board members are scheduled to vote whether to spend $17.5 million of half-cent sales tax funds for the first phase of Bartow High's master plan.



Bartow to retire Jason Butler's No. 64 jersey - Sports  The Ledger

Jason Butler's No. 64 will become the first in a string of jerseys to be retired by Bartow before kickoff against Kissimmee Tohopekaliga on Friday.



Unbeaten Lakeland blisters Bartow, 57-0 - Sports  The Ledger

Lakeland (6-0) was led by junior running back DeMarkcus Bowman, who inched closer to the 1000-yard mark.



Photos: Bartow HS IB & Summerlin Institute graduation  The Ledger

[1/25] ERNST PETERS | THE LEDGER. Barbie Engle , second right receives a diploma for her son Austin Welch from Bartow High School principal Emilean ...



Bartow Medical Center Unveils Artwork From Bartow Mayor's Art Club  The Daily Ridge

Bartow Medical Center Unveils Artwork From Bartow Mayor's Art Club. by James Coulter. Patients and their families staying and visiting the Bartow Medical ...



Competitive Spirit: 8 Polk cheerleading squads head to state finals  The Ledger

Powerhouse Bartow is one of a record eight Polk County programs competing at the FHSAA Competitive Cheerleading State Championships Thursday and ...



Local students shine in state science competition - News  The Ledger

They work so hard on developing unique projects.” — Kim Rex, Polk Regional Science and Engineering Fair director.



Bartow JV football player injured in fight at game released from hospital  The Ledger

Bartow junior varsity football player Devin Miles, 16, was released late Monday afternoon, his mother said, after spending more than four days in the hospital ...



For most Polk teens, videos are about self-expression, not earnings  The Ledger

Emme McCarthy of Winter Haven and Kiersten Harder of Bartow are more the norm of teens who create their own YouTube channel.



Push to renew school surtax heats up in Polk  The Ledger

BARTOW — The portables are in place — all 30 of them — and ready to house Bartow High School students when they hit campus Aug. 13 to begin the ...



Engineer by day, Bartow resident thrives as playwright  The Ledger

Even when Gretchen Suárez-Peña is pondering the details of curb inlets or hydraulic gradelines, in another part of her brain she hears imaginary people talking ...



Bartow High School Teacher Arrested on Marijuana Charges  The Ledger

Detectives arrested a 45-year-old Bartow High School math teacher on marijuana charges over the weekend.



Photos: Polk County high school football previews for Week 11  The Ledger

The Ledger's staff writers Roy Fuoco and Bill Kemp breakdown the games for Week 11 of the 2018 season on Friday night. All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted.



7 Polk cities to hold April 2 municipal elections - News  News Chief

LAKELAND — Seven cities in Polk County will hold municipal elections on April 2 with 10 seats up for grabs.Meanwhile 16 candidates were elected ...



Polk school district has trouble keeping up with growing population  The Ledger

BARTOW – Polk County's population clock is ticking toward 1 million residents with 350000 people expected to move in over the next 20 to 25 years. How will ...



Bartow's Tony Bradley is drafted 28th in NBA Draft  The Ledger

Tony Bradley, the former Bartow and North Carolina forward, was drafted by the Lakers and traded to the Jazz on Thursday.



Bloodhounds swat Yellow Jackets - Sports  The Ledger

BARTOW — It was domination from the first offensive play at Bartow Memorial Stadium on Friday night as Auburndale crushed Bartow 54-0.Auburndale running ...



Bartow cheer looks for 6th state championship, eight county teams to compete  The Ledger

BARTOW — When Bartow cheerleading takes the floor, even their opposition begins cheering for them. They're just that good.The two-time UCA national ...



Boys basketball pairings for SIAA Crossover, Mosaic Stinger Shootout  Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel listing of 2018-19 boys basketball tournaments and events.



Sheriff: Heather Tyler, 28, 'Executed' a Man in Florida Orange Grove  Heavy.com

A Florida sheriff says Heather Tyler, 28, 'executed' Joseph Witherington, 21, by shooting him in the head twice. His body was found in an orange grove. Tyler is ...



Tenoroc High hosting 5th annual Winterfest Arts and Crafts Festival in Lakeland  The Ledger

LAKELAND — Andrea Cardenas, 18, spent part of this week in the Tenoroc High School art classroom, hand-coloring prints of stylized geometric animals as she ...



Bartow High School receives $30000 grant to buy marching band uniforms  The Ledger

BARTOW — When Bartow High School Band Director Jon Eckman found out his students were receiving a $30000 grant to buy new uniforms, he almost fell out ...



Bomb Threats: No explosives found at Winter Haven, Bartow schools  WFLA

Polk County School officials say there was no evidence of explosives found at two schools that were the subject of bomb threats on Tuesday. Bomb threats were ...



Jake McCrae steps down as Bartow football head coach  The Ledger

BARTOW — Jake McCrae has stepped down as Bartow High School's head football coach after two seasons.McCrae, who took the position in February 2015, ...



Red-hot Lake Region captures Bartow softball tournament  The Ledger

BARTOW — Lake Region's rebuilding season got off to a bumpy start two weeks ago with a loss to district rival Winter Haven that dropped the Thunder's record ...



Got plans? A sampling of entertainment events for January  The Ledger

Tuesday, Jan. 1HOPPIN JOHN'S MUSIC FESTIVAL AND MEET & GREET: Noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 1, Florida Wildflower Studios, 12 E. Wall St., Frostproof, free, ...



Polk students promise to be drug-free during 27th annual parade, rally in Bartow  The Ledger

The annual Just Say No parade, led by Bartow's Police and Fire departments and the Bartow High School band, wound through downtown and south to the high ...



2019 National High School Cheerleading And Dance Team Championships Honor Top Teams From Across The Country  PRNewswire

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2019 National High School Cheerleading Championship and National Dance Team Championship took ...



Polk students receive National Merit Scholarships - News  The Ledger

BARTOW — Nine Polk County students have been honored with National Merit Scholarship awards, all but one in the college-sponsored category.A final round ...



Editorial: Gigs and garlands - Opinion  The Ledger

President Donald Trump and other hardliners on immigration have referred to the droves of illegal immigrants streaming across America's southern border as an ...



All-County Girls Soccer: LCS goalkeeper Taylor O'Byrne was 'a tremendous leader'  The Ledger

Check back daily as we count down the rest of our All-County teams, or see Sunday's paper for all of them. Player of the Year. Taylor O'Byrne. Lakeland ...



Inside Preps: Stinger Shootout features another strong field  The Ledger

It includes six teams that are ranked in the top 10 in their classifications.



Marine Corps recruiter accused of having sex with underage Bartow student, police say  WFLA

A United States Marine Corps recruiter is in big trouble after police say he had sex with an underage student he was trying to recruit.



Cutting into street cred: Bartow's Rivas brothers excel in barbering, fashion merchandising  The Ledger

HIGHLAND CITY — It all started on the front porch of a Bartow home. What was once two young brothers using friends and relatives as live mannequins and ...



Florida Senate lawyers up in sexual-harassment inquiry of Bartow High grad Jack Latvala  The Ledger

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate has hired a prominent Tallahassee lawyer amid a probe into sexual-harassment allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala, a ...



Hazardous waste drop-off times change at Polk landfill  The Ledger

Starting Monday, hours at the landfill for dropping off household hazardous waste will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.



Bartow business owners see opportunity after layoffs - News  The Ledger

At a time when a slumping economy was leaving many businesses shuttered, Joe Bustos and Chase Stevens saw nothing but opportunity.“We didn't have ...



Auburndale Police Chief Chris Nelson is new executive director at State Attorney's Office  The Ledger

State Attorney Brian Haas said Chris Nelson's background in law enforcement and the leadership skills he's demonstrated throughout his career have prepared ...



Bartow grad Odell Haggins named Florida State interim head coach  The Ledger

Odell Haggins, a 1985 Bartow High School graduate and Ledger All-County First Team linebacker, played at Florida State and has been an assistant at his alma ...



Longtime residents honored as Polk pioneers - News  The Ledger

BARTOW — The Polk County Historical Association honored five Polk County pioneers Thursday, including three World War II veterans, a veteran of the ...



Bartow cheer takes title at Polk County Invitational  The Ledger

LAKELAND — Bartow High School was named the Polk County Invitational Grand Champions Saturday afternoon at Lakeland High School, but varsity head ...



Polk County Sheriff's Office arrests Bartow High teacher on DUI charges  The Ledger

A mathematics teacher from Bartow High School was arrested and charged with DUI on Saturday evening after the Polk County Sheriff's Office said he crashed ...



Polk School Board race draws school dean as 5th candidate  The Ledger

BARTOW — The field of candidates vying to represent District 3 on the Polk County School Board keeps getting bigger.Justin Martin, 35, a school dean and ...



Reeder to face Nelson for West Polk singles title; Lakeland in 1st place  The Ledger

LAKELAND — Sam Reeder wasn't expecting to play in the West Polk final but he's glad to be there. The Lakeland No. 1 singles player rallied to upset ...



Photos: Your photos: Polk County graduates  The Ledger

[1/77] Photo provided / Debbie Kelly. Savannah Kelly with her mom, Debbie Kelly, at George Jenkins' graduation ceremony. Buy Photo. [2/77] Provided to The ...



Crystal Lake Elementary to be a community partnership school  Bay News 9

LAKELAND, Fla. -- When schools open in Polk County next week, a Lakeland school will become the first of its kind in the county. Crystal Lake Elementary will ...



McKeel leader admits to mistake when Lakeland school held fire drill at time of national walkout  The Ledger

LAKELAND — Leaders of McKeel Academy of Technology acknowledge they made mistakes in handling students' plans to take part in Wednesday's ...



Polk Schools honors more than 800 Superintendent's Scholars - News  The Ledger

The Polk School District honored more than 800 of its top graduating seniors as 2017 Superintendent's Scholars during a ceremony Thursday night at The ...



All-County girls lacrosse 2018: All Saints' Wegman is an all-around player  The Ledger

PLAYER OF THE YEARGIANNA WEGMANAll Saints, JuniorMidfielder44 Goals, 10 Assists, 45 ground balls.Wegman has been playing lacrosse at All Saints ...



Celebrating 125 Years: Summerlin Institute Graduates Gather to Mark Anniversary  The Ledger

In May 1887, not long after the railroad put Bartow on the map, residents in the burgeoning town gathered to lay the cornerstone for Summerlin Institute.



Gerald Cochran may set record in Bartow election  The Ledger

BARTOW — Gerald Cochran is back. For the 25th time, the Bartow native's name will appear on the ballot in the City Commission election. That's 25 campaigns ...



Willis' 3-run double leads East to win in Polk All-Star Classic  The Ledger

LAKELAND — Toby Willis said getting timely hits has been ingrained in him from listening to Fort Meade head coach Jon Spradlin for the past several years.



Bartow High Teacher Charged with Soliciting Sex from Student  The Ledger

A Bartow High School math teacher was arrested this afternoon on a charge of soliciting one of his students to commit a sex act in exchange for getting an “A” in ...



Longtime Bartow City Commissioner Leo Longworth wins George W. Harris Leadership Award  The Ledger

BARTOW — Leo Longworth, a longtime Bartow insurance agent and a city commissioner for more than two decades, was named the 2018 recipient of the ...



Polk County School District recognizes top volunteers - News  The Ledger

Six volunteers were honored with recognition and awards Thursday at the 2017 Polk County Public Schools Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards Program.



Freshwater fishing around Polk County - Sports  The Ledger

1 Around Lakeland at Tenoroc this past week, bass anglers had the best success on lakes 5, B and Picnic. Most of the bass reported were in the 10-14 inch ...



MEET THE COACH: Jason Butler changing the defense  Times-Enterprise

EDITOR'S NOTE: This the third in a series of daily stories about Thomas County Central's six new assistant football coaches.



Fuoco: Rutenbar Classic softball tournament begins Friday - Sports  The Ledger

While most students are out on spring break, it's not all relaxation for some baseball and softball teams. Three local baseball tournaments have concluded, and ...



Wife of Florida House 56 write-in candidate David Joseph Patzer says Polk Republican Jeff Mann tricked husband into signing papers to run  The Ledger

The wife of a former write-in candidate for a state House seat said her husband was duped by Polk Republican Jeff Mann into signing papers to run in the District ...



PHOTOS: Brevard, Flagler, Seminole head back to school  News 13 Orlando

CENTRAL FLORIDA — Tens of thousands of students in Brevard, Flagler and Seminole counties on Friday were the first to return to school this year, with safety ...



New Beginnings High graduates its largest class - News  The Ledger

The opportunity is there because people care. That's what graduates of New Beginnings High School said about their school.



Fueled by Trump, Ron DeSantis easily beats Adam Putnam in GOP race for Florida governor  Tampa Bay Times

ORLANDO — More than 1.5 million Republicans turned out for Tuesday's Florida primary, but just one person clinched the GOP gubernatorial nomination for ...



Monday Profile: Summer job turns into a career for new State Attorney Brian Haas  The Ledger

Brian Haas is the new state attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit, including Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties, after running unopposed for the job.



Bartow police searching for 2 suspects in fatal shooting  The Ledger

Bartow police are searching for two assailants Monday who forced their way into 24-year-old Devon Washington's Bartow duplex late Saturday and fatally shot ...



Polk orders mandatory evacuation for some areas - News  The Ledger

Polk County public shelters are now open and now is the time residents need to decide whether to move into a shelter or stay where they are, the county's ...



An assessment can lead to better exercise - News  The Ledger

LAKELAND — A sizeable contingent of people turn to instructor-led exercise programs like Zumba and tai chi to get their bodies in better shape and have fun ...



Monday Profile: Bartow Basketball Coach is Moving Kids in The Right Direction  The Ledger

For the past 13 years, LeDarion Jones has been Bartow's junior varsity coach. But before the players reach high school, they likely play in his middle school and ...



Celebrating 50 years: Dr. Thomas McMicken has been taking care of patients in Bartow since 1967  The Ledger

BARTOW — Dr. Thomas McMicken will celebrate a milestone July 1, and he won't be alone. Standing with him, near and far, will be the hundreds of people who ...



Pincket, Moore run for Group 11 judge seat - News  The Ledger

Stephen Paul Pincket and Dana Y. Moore are vying for a seat on the bench of the 10th Judicial Circuit, Group 11. The 10th Circuit court handles cases from ...



Softball: Lake Region has an up and down day at Rutenbar Classic  The Ledger

BARTOW — Lake Region couldn't have asked for a better first game at the 2017 Rutenbar Classic. As for its second game, well that's a different story.



Is a four-peat state championship possible for Bartow cheerleading?  The Ledger

BARTOW –Will there be a four-peat?Bartow's competitive cheerleading squad, defending national champion and three-time defending state champion, lost 14 ...



Florida Teen Girl Charged With Felony After Science Experiment Goes Bad  Miami New Times

Kiera Wilmot got good grades and had a perfect behavior record. She wasn't the kind of kid you'd expect to find hauled away in handcuffs and expelled from ...



The Ledger's 2017 All-County Girls Lacrosse - Sports  The Ledger

Player of the YearJaeme NoriegaBartow, SeniorMidfielderWhy We Picked Her: Noriega is fast and strong on the offensive and defensive end. She has the ability ...



Updated boys basketball tournament pairings  Orlando Sentinel

High school boys basketball tournament listings for Orlando area teams.



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