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Community funding questioned
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
Concern that they may not get as much financial help in the future from the Community Redevelopment Agency, several community partners came to Wednesday’s meeting to hear about their future … read more.
BHS student shoots for excellence
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
When you meet 17-year-old Bartow High School senior Courtney Lamoureaux, you don’t think “Army” or “NFL.” You think petite and pretty. All that is changed now. She’s all about Army … read more.
City seeks $84K grant to improve handicap access
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
Commissioners approved a request Monday to apply for a grant that will improve handicap access on city streets and sidewalks. The $84,852 grant will be used in the Fiscal Year … read more.
Martin meets new teammates
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
If all goes according to plan, Bartow High School baseball standout Matt Martin is spending this afternoon getting acquainted with some new teammates. Matt recently signed his letter of intent … read more.
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Mail carrier saves second life
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The quote by Herodotus, made in 503 B.C.E., and inscribed on the General Post Office facility on 33rd Street … read more.

Water plant to supply 4 million gallons a day
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Polk County recently took the first step toward the construction of a new $25 million water treatment plant that will consolidate five water service locales into one state-of-the-art plant just off U.S. 17 near Gordonville. The Polk Board of County … read more.

Woman dies in wreck on MLK Boulevard near tracks
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Saturday’s fatality on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in east Bartow wasn’t totally unexpected for one couple that lives on the street. Meshay Lott and Richard Thomas, who live at 1610 MLK on Saturday said — just hours after a … read more.

Library volunteers luncheon fun, interesting
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Rhoda Whitten looked on with amazement at the Bartow Public Library’s 3D printer, which was on display in the upstairs reception room. She, along with more than 40 others, were present for the annual luncheon held in honor of the … read more.

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State, National and World News
Medicaid schism endures
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — House and Senate leaders weren’t backing off their opposing positions on Medicaid expansion Friday during tense budget negotiations leading into the final week of the Legislative session. But they did manage to find enough common ground to jump-start … read more.

Stocks rise on tech earnings
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. The modest gains helped close out a relatively strong week for U.S. stocks, with the three major … read more.

Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
MILAN (AP) — Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday. … read more.

Ukraine calls for arms supplies as Russian troops worry NATO
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine urged its allies to send it weapons and accused rebels of persistent cease-fire violations as NATO warned about an increase in Russian troop movement both near and across the border. Russia said it was concerned about … read more.

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