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Coyote spotted in Bartow
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
For several days and nights, Rosemary Carter’s sheltie would bark incessantly when let out into the backyard. She suspected her dog was barking because of another animal. She also believed … read more.
BMS names new principal
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The long wait is over for Bartow Middle School. Dr. Leigh Anne Cooley, an administrator from Osceola County and assistant principal at Gateway High School in Kissimmee, will take over … read more.
It’s a weird, weird, weird Florida
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Florida’s weird, real weird. At least that’s what author Charlie Carlson says. There’s ghosts, goblins, monsters and UFOs, the Seminole County resident and native told a standing-room-only crowd at Tuesday’s … read more.
Northern plans nearly complete
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Polk County is busy wrapping up deals with property owners and the state to launch construction of the $33 million Bartow Northern Connector Phase II next summer. Plans for the … read more.
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History relived at ceremony
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
One hundred twenty-seven years ago there was a ceremony on South Wilson Avenue that was called “one of the most auspicious days in the history of Bartow”. It was relived Thursday at the Polk County History Center. That occasion known … read more.

Dutch students enjoyed Bartow life
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Mary Holland Park was filled with teen laughter, good food and a smattering of Dutch Thursday. Dutch you say? Yes, Dutch. It was a farewell send-off for 24 Dutch exchange students who spent last week in Bartow, Lakeland and Winter … read more.

Best-selling writer storms into library
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
A New York Times best-selling author walked a handful of fans through a ‘memory lane’ tour of locations featured in his off-beat, comic- drama-mystery books at the Bartow Public Library on Saturday. Tim Dorsey, of Tampa, aka his alter ego … read more.

City OKs large fee reduction
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Much of what was discussed and took up most of the Monday, Oct. 20 City Commission work session revolved around what would be determined at the regular meeting that followed: Should commissioners grant either a waiver or fee reduction on … read more.

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Another school shooting
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:19AM
MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria on Friday and opened fire without shouting or arguing, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the … read more.

US stock market has good week
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies. After weeks of speculation over the fate … read more.

Islamic State said to be using chlorine bombs in arsenal
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:19AM
MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — New allegations have emerged that Islamic State extremists have expanded their arsenal with chlorine bombs and captured fighter jets — weapons that could help the militants in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish fighters in the key Syrian … read more.

Body of Virginia student Graham ID’d
Sat  Oct 25 2014 01:19AM
RICHMOND, Va. — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a university sophomore who disappeared last month, authorities said Friday, ending a search that left the campus and community on edge. Hannah … read more.

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