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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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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 ...



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.



$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.



Good causes in Polk  The Ledger

Pennies From HeavenLocal community missions team associated with RP Missions and Miracle Resource Services is having a Pennies From Heaven ...



Editorial: Gigs and garlands  Ocala

Gigs and garlands SMS: Netheader: Today is Presidents' Day, the moment between the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln that we have ...



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.



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.”



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 ...



Bartow football player claims 'no concern' from coaches after hospitalization  WFLA

BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) - A Bartow High junior varsity player says his coaches have taken zero interest in his recovery after a brawl on the field left him seriously ...



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 ...



Bartow's defense stifles Lake Wales  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 ...



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.



Gonzalez to UCF; 4 Bartow athletes go JuCo  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 ...



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

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



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 ...



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 ...



Police: No gun found at Bartow High School  WFLA

Bartow High School is on lockdown after the school received an unconfirmed report that a student had a concealed gun.



2 teens arrested for causing $2,000 worth of damage at Bartow High School  WFLA

BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) -- Two 15-year-olds are facing charges after police say they spray painted graffiti at Bartow Senior High School over the weekend.



Photos: Polk County football game previews for Week 6  The Ledger

Kathleen (2-2) at Winter Haven (4-1) Where: Denison Stadium, Sixth Street, Winter Haven When: 7:30 p.m.. Outlook: Kathleen QB William McDonald threw for ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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, ...



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 ...



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 heralds the New Year with Christmas tree burn  The Ledger

The ceremony dates to the mid-1930s, when Commissioner Nye Jordan perceived it unlucky for a Christmas tree to remain in the home on New Year's Day, S.L. ...



Arrested for 'science project gone wrong,' Bartow high school student talks  ABC Action News

Standing hand-in-hand with her twin sister, Kiera Wilmot took to the podium. "I made the mistake of performing my experiment outside of the classroom, however, ...



Bloodhounds swat Yellow Jackets  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 ...



1960 survey links Mulberry High alums to their youth  The Ledger

In 1960, Mulberry High students contributed to a nationwide aptitude survey that is now being used in dementia research.



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 ...



Hunt, Campbell stir Bartow's defensive soup  The Ledger

The Yellow Jackets began spring camp with 54 players and now is down to 30-plus.



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 ...



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, ...



Your good news in Polk  The Ledger

Rogue Stage at Fringe FestivalRogue Stage, a Lakeland-based professional theater company, will represent Polk County in the 2018 Orlando International ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



Bartow HS cheerleaders win national championship  WFLA

Bartow High School's cheerleading squad has some serious bragging rights, the team was recently crowned national champions.



Bartow business owners see opportunity after layoffs  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 ...



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 ...



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

Here is a list of upcoming boys basketball tournaments and events involving Central Florida teams. Coaches should send bracket information, including ...



Inside Preps: Stinger Shootout features another strong field  The Ledger

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



Deputies: Bartow High School teacher arrested on marijuana possession charge  WESH Orlando

A Bartow High School teacher was arrested for marijuana possession, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said they received a tip that John ...



Pincket, Moore run for Group 11 judge seat  News Chief

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 ...



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.



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 ...



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.



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 ...



Harmony High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Okeechobee Open  FishingWorld.com

The Harmony High School duo of Grady Johnson and Dawson Turner, both of St. Cloud, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 20 ...



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, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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

Player of the Year Fisher Williams All Saints, Sophomore Midfielder Why We Picked Him: Williams put the team on his back when the Saints lost Stuart Skipper ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Double-eagle propels Bartow's Perez to second straight county title  The Ledger

LAKELAND — Defending champion Loren Perez was 145 yards on the par-5 No. 6 hole on the A-course at Cleveland Heights and reached for her favorite club, ...



Photos: Photos: Polk County Sports Awards Ceremony  The Ledger

Circle of Champions Awards and Polk County Sports Awards Ceremony at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida June 12, 2018. Buy Photo.



Simple question: Why? Ken Riley's case for the Hall of Fame  The Ledger

As Lakeland's Ray Lewis becomes Polk County's first Pro Football Hall of Famer, how is the Bartow native still not in?



Tremendous 10: Lake Wales' Richardson an unstoppable force against Lake Gibson  The Ledger

Here are last week's top performers from Monday through Saturday (Sept. 10-15):1 Lake Wales junior running back Johnny Richardson (football) provided the ...



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 ...



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 ...



State Science and Engineering Fair — Polk winners  The Ledger

The 62nd State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida was held March 28-30 at The Lakeland Center. Following is a list of Polk County winners.Division Grand ...



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 ...



Bartow cheer takes title at Polk County Invitational  The Ledger

Bartow High School was named the Polk County Invitational Grand Champions on Saturday.



Florida honor student arrested, expelled for science project  WBTV

A high school student with clean conduct record was arrested on felony charges and expelled from school after conducting what she called "a science fair ...



New Beginnings High graduates its largest class  The Ledger

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



Updated boys basketball tournament pairings  Orlando Sentinel

High school boys basketball tournament listings for Orlando area teams.



Polk Schools honors more than 800 Superintendent's Scholars  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 ...



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.



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



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 ...



Polk orders mandatory evacuation for some areas  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 ...



Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle Sunday in Bartow  The Daily Ridge

On February 18, 2019 at 7:28 am, officers responded to the intersection of E Church St and S Broadway Avenue in reference to a traffic crash involving a vehicle ...



ZOMBIES Debut Themed Cheer Routine at Disney World  LaughingPlace.com

by Laughing Place Disney Newsdesk | Jan 26, 2018 1:17 PM Pacific Time. Tags: DCOM, Disney Channel, Disney TV, Zombies. Milo Manheim and Meg ...



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 ...



Lakeland Mayor Bill Mutz pledges support for social justice group's homeless-family initiative  The Ledger

LAKELAND – Fourteen hundred church congregants cheered when Lakeland Mayor Bill Mutz said he would meet their demands to develop housing for ...



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 ...



Lake Wales Fire Department Battling House Fire on D Street  The Daily Ridge

Lake Wales Fire Dept is battling a house fire on D St. near intersection of Lincoln Ave this morning. Preliminary information is that no one was injured.



Land development director has a passion for his community  The Ledger

For that dedication to community, Bohde was one of five young professionals who in August received a Polk Emerging Leaders award from a partnership of ...



Monday Profile: 'Bartow Bill' goes from pilot to farmer  The Ledger

Bill Braswell is the only farmer on a national agriculture committee and often gives advice to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Frohman, President Obama's ...



Vindicated Florida teen goes to the White House  Sun Sentinel

A Florida honors student whose harmless-but-explosive science project led to a felony arrest two years ago celebrated her ultimate vindication at the White ...



Mamie's School of Dance annual recital Saturday  The Ledger

LAKELAND — For almost four decades, they've tapped, twirled, tumbled and turned their ways around the stage under the direction of "Ms. Mamie."And nearly ...



Freshwater fishing around Polk County  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 ...



Bethune-Cookman University acting president has Polk County ties  The Ledger

Bartow native Hubert Grimes is a retired Circuit Court judge who has taken the helm of the university mired in controversy.



5 Questions With: Polk emergency management director Paul Womble warns residents to be prepared  The Ledger

It could be a bad sign if you see Paul Womble this summer.



Upcoming fishing tournaments around Polk County  The Ledger

RON'S TACKLE BOX will hold its weekly bass tournament today from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Lake Juliana. Registration fee is $30.00 per boat for a one- or two-man ...



What Parkland students will find across Florida on Road to Change  Sun Sentinel

Residents energized by March for Our Lives and school walkouts anticipate the arrival of the Road to Change bus tour that will bring Parkland students to their ...



Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission Meeting April 24  Parkland Talk

The next Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meeting will be held on April 24, and the public is welcome to attend. The MSD ...



Kathleen High School honors Clinton Wright's memory  The Ledger

Those who knew the late Clinton Wright say he saw value in everyone. "He loved the kids he touched each and every day," said Kay Fields, a member of the ...



Chaminade's Jayson Tatum, Bartow's Tony Bradley get an early start on Duke-North Carolina rivalry  USA TODAY High School Sports

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Bartow (Fla.) coach Terrence McGriff was asked before his team's game Saturday with No. 10 Chaminade (St. Louis) whether it could hold ...



Best of Preps  The Ledger

Player of the Year Tatiana Thompson Winter Haven Senior, 6-0 Post player Why We Picked Her She played her best at the biggest moments, scoring 20 points ...



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 ...



Adam Putnam kicks off campaign for governor in hometown  Sun Sentinel

When Adam Putnam walks into the Curly Tails Barbecue in Bartow, he knows half the people inside and orders his favorite dish, a Barn Salad — which amounts ...



Smith: Adam Putnam knows Florida, but that might not be enough today to become governor  Tampabay.com

Here is a little secret among reporters who regularly interact with Gov. Rick Scott: Reporters know it rarely matters if they happen to miss one of the governor's ...



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