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Union Academy,1st black school in southwest Polk County, to get historic marker  The Ledger

Dignitaries, historians to unveil marker at Bartow's former black school Friday.



Polk teachers already back, working for free - News  The Ledger

Thousands of teachers setting up classrooms and creating lesson plans, but won't be paid for their time.



People in service in Polk (Aug. 4) - News  The Ledger

U.S. Air ForceAirman Kirsten M. Aultman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Aultman is the daughter ...



Photos: Graduation Bartow, IB and Summerlin Class of 2019  The Ledger

2019 Commencement for Bartow High School, International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High School, and Summerlin Academy at The RP Funding Center ...



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.



Bartow High School football player remains hospitalized after brawl between rival teams during game  ABC Action News

A student-athlete had to be airlifted to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries when a fight broke out between rival teams during a JV football game.



$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.



Prep notebook: Sun Prairie's Payton Addink makes college choice for volleyball; Madison Memorial baseball team earns national academic honor  Madison.com

The 6-foot-1 Addink, who's a junior-to-be, plans to attend Minnesota-Duluth.



A+ Teacher: Teacher Wants Students To "Love Learning"  Bay News 9

Bartow High history teacher Korey Clabough loves his job and wants his students to love learning as much as he does.



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.



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 runs past 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 ...



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."



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.



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.



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 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 ...



Photos: Employees from Polk schools charged with sex acts on students  The Ledger

1999: Horace Mackeroy Jr., PE teacher, Kathleen Middle, four counts sexual battery against a 14-year-old 8th grader, four other girls made allegations.



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, 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 ...



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 football player claims ‘no concern’ from coaches after hospitalization  WFLA

Devin Miles was airlifted to the hospital after taking a beating from the fight that forced officials to cancel the game against rival Lakeland. He suffered a broken ...



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, ...



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 Polk students earned National Merit Scholarships - News  The Ledger

Three of the honored students are from Bartow High's IB School; the fourth was from the Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland. LAKELAND — Four Polk ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Lawyers settle lawsuits over former Mulberry teacher Jason Argo engaging in sex acts with students  The Ledger

Jason Argo was fired in June 2016 after confessing to investigators that he received oral sex from a female student on two occasions inside his classroom. Later ...



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.



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 ...



2019 All-County Softball: Bartow's Williams top pitcher, teammate Schaal the top hitter  The Ledger

PITCHER OF THE YEAR. JADEN WILLIAMSON. Bartow, Senior. Williams began her high school career by helping to lead Bartow to the state title as the Yellow ...



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.



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 ...



Take A Gander At RVs At The New Gander RV In Bartow  The Daily Ridge

Take A Gander At RVs At The New Gander RV In Bartow. by James Coulter. When Kiara Hawkins received a flyer about the grand opening of Gander RV in ...



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.



6 luminaries inducted into Polk County Sports Hall of Fame  News Chief

LAKELAND — It was a nostalgic evening at the RP Funding Center on Tuesday as the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame received six new members in its class of ...



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 ...



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 ...



Photos: Ledger Prep Athletes and Coaches of the Year Honored  The Ledger

The Ledger Prep Athletes and Coaches of the Year were honored during the Polk County All Sports Awards held at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.



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 ...



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.



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 ...



3 Sleepy Hill Middle students capture national award - News  The Ledger

Bridge-building assignment pitted the Florida state contest winners against 10 other teams from across the country. LAKELAND — Three Sleepy Hill Middle ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



Bartow High School is 10News' School of the Week  WTSP.com

Bartow High School is 10News' School of the Week.



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 ...



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

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



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 ...



7 Polk cities to hold April 2 municipal elections - News  The Ledger

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 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 ...



Inside Preps: Stinger Shootout features another strong field  The Ledger

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



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 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 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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.



Summerlin Principal: Honor Matters to Academy - News  The Ledger

For several months, Summerlin Academy — a choice program within Bartow High School — has been in an uproar over the wearing of four unearned Army ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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