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Bartow wins district game in downpour
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
Bartow traveled to George Jenkins for the district opener of the 2014 season for these two teams, but the teams played to a sparse crowd that braved the persistent rain. … read more.
Schools facing ‘critical’ shortage of funds
Fri  Sep 19 2014 03:10PM
From broken down air conditioning units to 50-year-old classrooms, Polk County schools are facing a critical shortage of funds for repair, replacement and rebuilding, according to county officials. Lake Wales … read more.
Road renamed after WWII vet
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
Most of the people present at city hall for the regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16, left after a series of proclamations and certificate of recognitions had been awarded, leaving … read more.
Rent a basketball player
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
Tricia Spencer asked the 17 Bartow High School basketball players Wednesday night if they wanted to go to South Carolina in December to play in the Bojangles Classic basketball tournament. … read more.
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Former KKK Grand Dragon tells story of change
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
Leaving the Ku Klux Klan was no easy move and after discovering the organization lied to him (and all who were members), Richard C. Harris had difficult years that followed him. Because he was a popular member and the second … read more.

Ross: We should not declare war
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross said he doesn’t think the United States should declare war on ISIS, but with the U.S. House of Representatives debating that option this week after the president’s speech last week about starting air strikes, he’s not … read more.

Still festy after all these years
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
Friday, Sept 19, will mark the 10th anniversary of Friday Fest, the street celebration held the third Friday of every month except December. The party will run from 6-9 p.m., along East Main Street and the intersections of Central Avenue … read more.

‘Dancing Under the Stars’ packs Civic Center
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
Almost 300 people attended “Dancing Under the Stars” on Friday, Sept. 12, an event organizers deemed an overwhelming success for the Bartow Kiwanis Club. In addition to dancing, with music provided by Craig Singleton and the Big City Band (a … read more.

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Second trial in loud music killing set for Monday
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jury selection is set for Monday in the second trial of man accused of first-degree murder in the death of a teenager during a 2012 dispute over loud music. Jordan Davis, 17, died after Michael Dunn, … read more.

NASA’s Maven explorer arriving at Mars after year
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It’s showtime at Mars. NASA’s Maven spacecraft is on track to reach the red planet late Sunday night following a journey spanning 10 months and 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer … read more.

UN ambassador: Others ready to fight Islamic State
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States’ ambassador to the United Nations says other nations are pledging support for the fight against Islamic State group militants. But Ambassador Samantha Power on Sunday would not name those countries or detail their level … read more.

Wife of UK hostage issues plea to militants
Sun  Sep 21 2014 02:08PM
LONDON (AP) — The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State group has issued a statement pleading for the militants to release him and respond to her messages “before it is too late.” The Islamic … read more.

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