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Football Hall of Famer helps honor students
Sat  May 30 2015 01:00AM
Thursday, May 28 was a special occasion for a sizable number of Bartow High School and IB students as they were presented with numerous scholarly achievement awards. The awards ceremony … read more.
Compass demanded to improve
Sat  May 30 2015 01:00AM
Two Polk County charter middle schools were put on notice Tuesday that one has to increase its student performance and the other must change the student population demographics or face … read more.
Jackson speaks highly of strategic plan
Sat  May 30 2015 01:00AM
Although most of the conversations brought to the table at the fifth Mayors Roundtable did not delve deeply into matters of importance, nevertheless there were some “hot button” items the … read more.
Fire assessment fee a ‘burning’ issue
Sat  May 30 2015 01:00AM
One of the key issues discussed at length during the Fifth Annual Mayors Council was the topic of fire assessment fees. While Bartow has a fee, in which it charges … read more.
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Juneteenth Awareness Walk debuts Saturday
Sat  May 30 2015 01:00AM
On Saturday, people from West Bartow Front Porch and others will be taking part in a walkathon through town, handing out fliers about the Juneteenth celebration scheduled June 19-20. There are two of them. The first one is Saturday. The … read more.

Heading to Ivy League
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
No one said making it to an Ivy League school would be easy. But that’s exactly where Fort Meade’s Erick Meza will be headed, thanks to a lot of his own hard work, and a helping hand from the community. … read more.

Women’s golf integral part of Youth Villa tournament
Sat  May 30 2015 01:00AM
Although the 52nd Annual Youth Villa Classic golf tournament has come and gone, perhaps one of the more interesting facets of the tournament is the two-day women’s section of the event, including the history of how it came to be … read more.

Celery, carrots and a sprouting potato
Sat  May 30 2015 01:00AM
Rita Hilton installed the new officers of the Bartow Garden Club at their May meeting. She likened the club to a big pot of delicious vegetable soup. Corresponding Secretary, Audrey Swindal received a long stalk of celery to remind her … read more.

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State, National and World News
Cuba off US terror list
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
HAVANA — The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.  Secretary … read more.

Economic news drives stocks lower
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Friday following news that the U.S. economy shrank in the first three months of the year. The revised data showed that gross domestic product contracted 0.7 percent in the first quarter. That was worse … read more.

More rain brings more serious flooding in Texas
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms that have killed at least 20 people and left 14 missing. The line of thunderstorms … read more.

Suspected Nazi war criminal dies in Quebec
Sat  May 30 2015 01:19AM
MONTREAL (AP) — The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said. Vladimir Katriuk passed away … read more.

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