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Penny for the roads
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Though people won’t be voting on the penny sales tax at the primary election next week, Tom Phillips will be one of dozens of people at Thursday’s Straw Poll at … read more.
Still in business
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Less than eight months after a fire burned out her business. Terrie Lobb is back at the Bartow Health Center. The return of Terrie Lobb Catering will be celebrated 4 … read more.
Wabash may be closed for 6 months
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Much of what was discussed at the Monday, Aug. 18 city commission work session revolved around the work that may and most likely will be needed on the wastewater transmission … read more.
Hospital data breach hits millions
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:19AM
The parent company of three Polk County hospitals says criminal cyberattackers stole Social Security numbers and other information of about 4.5 million patients treated by its affiliated physician groups. Tennessee-based … read more.
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Toddler battling leukemia
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
19-month-old Carson Fox is fighting for his life. He was diagnosed Aug. 10 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and currently is at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where doctors are aggressively treating him with chemotherapy. He will also need to … read more.

The search is on
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
Main Street Bartow is searching for a new executive director, which they have been without one since Mikel Dorminy tendered her resignation May 2013. This was first made public at the Aug. 4 City Commission work session by Commissioner Trish … read more.

Seeking to be a model
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
Bartow High School is taking the lead in launching a new mentoring program it hopes will become a model for other secondary schools in Polk County and across the state. Called the Mentor Alignment Project, the new program is an … read more.

Alignment Polk to set up at Jim Miles
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County School Board’s endorsement of Polk Vision’s leading the Alignment Polk initiative solidified Tuesday when the school board tentatively agreed to provide the vision group office space, moving services and technical support. That should allay the proposed $100,000 … read more.

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State, National and World News
Beheading spurs attacks
Thu  Aug 21 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against Islamic State extremists Wednesday and weighed sending more troops to Iraq as President Barack Obama vowed to be relentless in pursuit of the terrorist group that beheaded an … read more.

Stocks advance for third day, despite Fed minutes
Thu  Aug 21 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose for a third straight day Wednesday despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. In … read more.

Holder says he understands mistrust of police
Thu  Aug 21 2014 01:19AM
ST. LOUIS — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped … read more.

Partisan clash over Florida map
Thu  Aug 21 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida judge is once again considering what to do in the next round of a lengthy and partisan-tinged battle over Florida’s congressional districts. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis held a three-hour hearing Wednesday over whether to approve a … read more.

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