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Cranking down the radio
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
It was not too loud in the Polk County Commission chambers on Tuesday when commissioners heard citizens complain about loud radios and how it affects their quality of life. In … read more.
High schoolers help fire department
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
Today, Saturday, Dec. 20, the Bartow Fire Department will conduct its annual toy distribution drive. Loaded up with toys with Santa in tow, members of the fire department and volunteers … read more.
Baby hospitalized after fall
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
A 10-week-old baby is now at Tampa General Hospital, suffering from a fractured skull (unconfirmed), the result of a fall from a shopping cart. The incident began unfolding at approximately … read more.
Not a happy Christmas
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
What could possible be among the best ideas for Christmas shopping? To two Lake Wales residents with robbery convictions on their records, it is stealing from Walmart. Despite the plan … read more.
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Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM

Santa, venison and families meet
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Chilly weather set the scene perfectly for Thursday evening’s chili supper and photo ops with that special North Pole visitor for dozens of children and their families at Bartow’s Main Street Baptist Church. The brainchild of the church’s outreach coordinator … read more.

Minority hiring broadened
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
While more Polk County minority students are enrolling in advanced placement classes, the Polk County School Board is still trying to recruit more black and Hispanic teachers and administrators, to move the county toward parity in that arena. Based on … read more.

Party for the Jackets
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Not long ago, the Bartow High School Yellow Jacket football team was wrapping up its 2014 season with a final game in the state playoffs. The culmination of a season that can be considered one of the better outings of … read more.

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Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a central Florida Walmart store so his friend could steal toys. The men — 30-year-old Tarus Scott and 27-year-old Genard Dupree — were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Legion of Honor medal winners honored
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Two 89-year-old veterans of World War II were honored at a reception after receiving France’s Legion of Honor medals. Herbert Brucker and Linwood “Nemo” Farmer received their medals in earlier and were guests of honor … read more.

SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week’s planned launch of an unmanned supply capsule until January. … read more.

Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana’s chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and leaders across … read more.

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