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Martin-Gause Memorial Parade
Tue  Jan 17 2017 12:06PM
Practicing the spirit of Christmas
Wed  Jan 18 2017 12:55AM
Most children want the newest toy for Christmas, while others may want a hippopotamus or their two front teeth. All that two girls from Lake Wales wanted for Christmas was … read more.
Homeless couple living on park bench removed from cold weather
Wed  Jan 18 2017 12:55AM
After nearly three months living upon a bench fronting North Broadway Avenue by the Bartow Police Department, a homeless couple was finally removed at approximately 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6. … read more.
Look, no gas
Wed  Jan 18 2017 12:55AM
There’s a lot going on in the world of electric cars these days, from tax credits to new developments, as well as a few things the average consumer will need … read more.
More Local News
Road to close for demolition
Tue  Jan 17 2017 12:40PM
At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Florida Avenue from Davidson Street south to Main Street in Bartow will be closed for a building demolition: On Friday, Jan. 20 Main Street from Florida Avenue west to Wilson Avenue will close for … read more.

Music through the prism
Wed  Jan 18 2017 12:55AM
Looking for that perfect date night that combines great music and terrific food? Look no more. The Bartow High School Band has got you covered. It’s the award-winning band’s annual Prism Concert on Friday, Jan. 27. The band will be … read more.

Women at Work on exhibit
Wed  Jan 18 2017 12:55AM
Displayed on one wall is a painting of an elderly woman painted in acrylic, with the dark outlines highlighting her wrinkles and old age. One the other side is another painting of a pregnant woman with sunlight shining upon her … read more.

Too late for transport
Wed  Jan 18 2017 12:55AM
The first baby of the year delivered by the Polk County Fire Rescue earlier this month was one whose birth was considered a matter of fate by his mother. In the early morning hours of Jan. 5, first responders rushed … read more.

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State, National and World News
Cubans bemoan end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:14PM
MIAMI (AP) — In a hotel room in suburban Miami, Luis Alberto Rodriguez wept when he heard that a government policy granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil was ending. That means it could take two years or … read more.

Health officials begin medical marijuana rules process
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials have begun the rules-making process that will expand those eligible to receive medical marijuana under Amendment 2, which took effect two weeks ago. The Department of Health published proposed rules Tuesday and announced … read more.

Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the US
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world’s biggest retailer said Tuesday that its plans will also generate about 24,000 construction jobs. … read more.

Official: Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said. Military commander Maj. … read more.

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