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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, ...



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 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.



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.



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 ...



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.



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 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 ...



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'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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 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.



Photos: Your Polk students stage school walkouts to protest gun violence  The Ledger

[1/25] Photo provided / Kit Emery, student organizer at Bartow High School IB. Bartow High School students participate in a walkout to protest gun violence.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Polk students stage school walkouts to protest gun violence  The Ledger

LAKELAND — Standing with hundreds of other Lakeland High School students, freshman Amaya Serrano said Wednesday she was fed up with a lack of gun ...



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. ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Bartow High School grad Jack Latvala takes aim at career-threatening allegations  The Ledger

TALLAHASSEE — There's little doubt Sen. Jack Latvala isn't the most politically correct lawmaker in Tallahassee. The Clearwater Republican and Bartow High ...



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 ...



Boys hoops: Hillsborough turns back Lake Wales 55-47 - Sports  The Ledger

BARTOW — Tampa Hillsborough ran its winning streak to 20 games Friday night, turning back an upset bid by Lake Wales in the 16th annual Mosaic Stinger ...



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.



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.



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 ...



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, ...



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 Yellow Jackets - News  The Ledger

Ray Tiller takes over as Bartow head coach this year. Winning an automatic playoff berth out of Class 7A, District 7 will be a stiff challenge with Lakeland, ...



Your good news in Polk - News  The Ledger

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



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Good causes in Polk - Entertainment & Life  The Ledger

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



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 ...



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 ...



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 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 ...



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

A Bartow High School teacher is arrested for marijuana possession, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Inside Preps: Stinger Shootout features another strong field  The Ledger

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



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Hunt, Campbell stir Bartow's defensive soup - Sports  The Ledger

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



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 ...



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.



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, ...



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 ...



Bartow cheer takes title at Polk County Invitational  News Chief

The Bartow cheerleading team was named the Grand Champions of the Polk County Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Lakeland High School. JAMES ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



Polk County to open additional shelters - News  News Chief

BARTOW — Polk County Emergency Management is extending the number of shelters it plans to open at 7 a.m. Saturday in expectation of extremely high winds ...



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 - 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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?



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Bartow, Summerlin to Honor Thomas Tharp - News  The Ledger

More than 70 years ago, a young Bartow son who aspired to be a minister died on a battlefield half a world away.



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 ...



Officer Michael Quinn Sr. September 2, 1974 – March 1, 2017  The Daily Ridge

Sadly, the Bartow Police Department announced the passing of a beloved friend and former Police Officer, Michael Quinn. Officer Quinn, who passed away ...



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 ...



Upcoming fishing tournaments around Polk County - Sports  The Ledger

The KISSIMMEE BASS SERIES ONE-MAN Trail scheduled for Saturday on the Kissimmee Chain out of Camp Mack has been canceled. No makeup date is ...



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 ...



Kathleen High School honors Clinton Wright's memory - News  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 ...



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