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Check out the new school
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
There is a new school in Bartow, but it is not just for any kid, only those who have dropped out of school or are in danger of dropping out. … read more.
Adventure Run for sculptures
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
As if new obstacles aren’t enough, the annual Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run has four new people helping to set it up. They are Bartow High School International Baccalaureate students … read more.
16-month-old drowns
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
A 16-month-old boy died when he fell into his family’s above-ground pool on Wednesday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported. Cliff D. Booz, born Sept. 25, 2013, was pulled from … read more.
It’s time to close the ‘gate’
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Watergate is a complex of five buildings next to the Kennedy Center in the ritzy Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In 1972, a sixth-floor Watergate office was the site … read more.
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67th Annual Youth Fair
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM

Community Redevelopment Agency hires director
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
On Feb. 9, the Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency will have its first permanent director since the summer of 2012. City Manager George Long and CRA Chairman John Bohde completed their interviews with candidates and hired K. Stephen Cox Jr. Cox, … read more.

Parking garage coming to Bartow
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Could a solution to the parking complaints about downtown Bartow go away as the county is prepared to build a 600-plus garage between the Neil Combee building and the Polk County Courthouse? That depends on if paid parking goes down … read more.

Girl follows family tradition
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Thousands of people crowded the Polk County Youth Fair grounds on Sunday, filling the arena for the market hog shows. Hogs were lined up row by row in the barn while competitors herded their porcine charges through the show ring, … read more.

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Stocks finish January on weak note
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year. All told, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3 percent in January, … read more.

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an … read more.

Milk does a body good? A look at the science
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to … read more.

Poet, songwriter Rod McKuen, dies at 81
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in … read more.

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