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First program of new Chamber series called exciting
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
J. Lenora Bresler’s message was direct and to the point. “Life is all about relationships,” said Bresler as she opened the inaugural session of The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce’s … read more.
Clements sees city progressing
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
If James F. Clements win re-election for his at-large seat, it will be his fourth and final term as city commissioner. However, before he leaves office for the final time, … read more.
Cochran running for city commission yet again
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
Many know Gerald Cochran from his countless appearances before City Hall, in which he takes commissioners, City Manager George Long and city attorney Sean Parker to task over issues in … read more.
Repaving project on U.S. 17 to take six months
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
Motorists on U.S. 17 may be encountering lane closures and shifts over the next six months as a three-mile resurfacing project from Bear Creek to Gordon Heights gets into full … read more.
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BHS student found with weapons
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
A Bartow High School senior was arrested Monday on three counts of possession of a weapon on school grounds when he was found with brass knuckles, an air gun and a double-edged knife, according to the Bartow Police Department. Austin … read more.

Some high schools get red flagged
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
Three Polk County High Schools find themselves in hot water with the school board to the tune of a combined $103,000 over athletic programs and a yearbook program running in the red. Haines City and Kathleen high schools got red … read more.

Racing on cooking oil
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
Ever drive 200 miles per hour on cooking oil? It can be done. On Tuesday, Joel Miller, a race car driver and mechanical engineer for Mazda, told and showed students how it can be done. “We use science,” he said. … read more.

School District planning solutions
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
Polk Vision rolled out the new Alignment program it will lead this week, with meetings in Lakeland and Winter Haven. The Alignment initiative was fostered by the Polk County School Board to augment Polk Vision, a non-profit organization that tackles … read more.

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State, National and World News
New rules on abortion could pass in Florida
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is considering several new measures to restrict abortions, including one with a strong chance of passage that calls for a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can undergo the procedure. That measure, House Bill 0633, … read more.

8 die when van plunges into Fla. canal
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
FORT PIERCE — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service. … read more.

Music festivals tell fans to leave selfie sticks at home
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can take your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The sticks are banned this year at the events in Indio, Calif., … read more.

Rhino rampages in Nepal city, killing 1, injuring several
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A wild rhino charged into a city in southern Nepal on Monday, killing a woman, injuring several others and chasing panicked people through the main market and a hospital, an official said. Attempts to force the … read more.

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