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Brown Festival to let the good times roll
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
While this year’s annual L.B. Brown Heritage Festival will take in a taste of New Orleans, there will be plenty to learn about as well as the fun and games, … read more.
American hero honored
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
In recalling his father’s life in the years he’s known him, Jerome Corbett called J.J. Corbett a consummate gentlemen. “Never have I heard him curse. Never have I heard him … read more.
Parking at Farmers Market a concern
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
A problem with parking on West Main Street adjacent to Fort Blount Park has the potential of shutting down the Wednesday farmers market, according to Vice Mayor Trish Pfeiffer, who … read more.
SyFy Bartow to contest you
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
On Feb. 20 you will see people strolling Main Street looking like aliens, superheroes and cosplayers and if only seeing them one time isn’t enough, get out to Fun Friday … read more.
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Chalkboard special
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Pizza, green beans, applesauce, the lunch menu at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School was pretty routine last Friday. But the school helped cook up something super special for third-grader Jayda Miller. It was a normal day for the youngster, … read more.

Two qualify for District 3 city commission seat
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
On Friday, Feb. 5, W.H. “Bill” Simpson officially announced his candidacy for the District Three seat on the Bartow City Commission. Simpson is a retired senior executive in the phosphate who now works as a business development consultant. Simpson served … read more.

Currently no need to panic in Polk re: Zika
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
In light of Florida’s governor last week urging caution and a health emergency declared in four counties in Florida because of the Zika virus, the fear of it is not at the top level in the state. The mosquito — … read more.

More than 50 take on obstacles
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
More than 50 people braved a bit of cooler weather on Saturday to take part in the fourth annual Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run that had them take on a 2.7-mile course through Mosaic and Mary Holland Parks. Among the … read more.

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Ex-students say boarding school kept them in isolation boxes
Sat  Feb 13 2016 03:28PM
By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is being investigated by the FBI routinely kept pupils in small concrete “isolation boxes” for days or weeks and wouldn’t … read more.

Noise harder on children than adults, hinders how they learn
Sat  Feb 13 2016 03:08PM
By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child’s brain than an adult’s, and new research shows it can … read more.

’Finally’: Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — With an exclamation of “Finally,” Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic … read more.

Alabama woman convicted in girl’s running death dies
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By JAY REEVES Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing. Joyce Hardin Garrard, … read more.

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