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One of the most remarkable crimes in Polk County’s history, my Dad always maintained, was the robbery of a Fort Meade bank in 1957 by two men — both drunk — who utilized two airplanes (one of them stolen) and a kidnapped law enforcement officer’s patrol car for transportation.

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It seems hard to believe — almost impossible to believe — that little more than 100 years ago the women of this country did not have the right to vote. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its passage on August 18, 2020, and the general election that…

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In the spring of 1976, Oscar and Jane Marable had just published the second issue of a small, tourism-focused magazine they named “Here Abouts.”

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One of the most remarkable crimes in Polk County’s history, my Dad always maintained, was the robbery of a Fort Meade bank in 1957 by two men — both drunk — who utilized two airplanes (one of them stolen) and a kidnapped law enforcement officer’s patrol car for transportation.

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This is mainly for those of you with children. When was the last time you took a look at his or her internet activity?

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Being a leader in a K-12 public school system — no matter if you are an educator, dean, assistant principal, principal, district administrator or the superintendent — is challenging every single day.

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In 1945, John B. Thornhill, son of Columbus Thornhill, told the local newspaper of his family’s arrival in the area. Columbus Thornhill was one of the area’s earliest residents, having come to the area from Georgia in 1865.

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It seems hard to believe — almost impossible to believe — that little more than 100 years ago the women of this country did not have the right to vote. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its passage on August 18, 2020, and the general election that…

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You’ve probably hear me say once or twice that I’ve been in the law enforcement business for a long, long time — four decades, as a matter of fact. I started out in what was called the “radio room” and my dad had to buy the bullets when I became a deputy, because I was too young. If you need…

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Over the past several years there has been a very public discussion about the future of downtown’s historic Ritz Theatre. After a group of concerned local business leaders offered to serve on the struggling theatre’s Board and were rebuffed, a “Friends of the Ritz Theatre” group formed and t…

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A civic club program presented by the American Cancer Society last week brought back memories of smoking — from a standpoint of both etiquette and health — memories that date back couple of generations.

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The late Bob Swift had enjoyed a highly successful career as a newspaper reporter. While ending his career at the Miami Herald, his early work included stints with both the News Chief and The (Lakeland) Ledger.

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