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Wave the banner
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
Over the past week to week-and-a-half, new, colorful banners have begun being noticed, attached to street lamps in both downtown Bartow and other sections of the city. It is a … read more.
A Cutch cut
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
Fort Meade’s most famous hair is no longer. Andrew McCutchen has cut off his trademark dreadlocks for charity. The locks are being auctioned off on MLB.com and the proceeds will … read more.
Writing tests thwarted by computer glitches
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
Last week wasn’t a bed of roses for many Polk County students faced with state mandated computer based tests who had to deal with myriad computer glitches before they could … read more.
Youth Villa open house to draw hundreds
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
Next Saturday, March 14, hundreds of visitors will head to the Sheriff’s Youth Villa on State Road 60, east of Bartow, for the residential site’s annual open house. Founded in … read more.
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If Florida citrus needs a hero, it needs one right now
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
A month after posting the best results in seven months, U.S. orange juice sales posted its biggest decline in nearly three years. The disappointing sales results came just before the Citrus Department announced the release of the second issue of … read more.

Clerk’s office earns first accreditation
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:30AM
Polk County Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield reports the Clerk’s Department of Inspector General earned its first accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The CFA approved the accreditation in its most recent in Daytona Beach last month. … read more.

Student creates award-winning invention
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
Christian Herman, 13, is proof that innovation can occur at any age. The Lakeland Christian School seventh grader has invented a pencil grip that helps children improve their handwriting skills — and he’s done it with a little help from … read more.

More than 100 have reunion in Homeland
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
More than 100 present and former residents of the tiny Homeland hamlet south of Bartow got together Saturday to relive the past and look into the future during the small community’s 33rd annual reunion. The fellowship hall of First Baptist … read more.

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Yemen civilians shudder, bristle under bombing campaign
Wed  Apr 1 2015 01:19AM
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni civilians shuddered in fear and bristled with anger under an intense Saudi-led bombing campaign against Shiite rebels on Tuesday, day six of fighting that prompted international aid organizations to express alarm over high civilian casualties … read more.

Stocks slide off Monday’s gains
Wed  Apr 1 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out the first three months of the year Tuesday on a down note, erasing much of the gains from the prior day’s big rally. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 200 points, … read more.

Student loan recipients go on payment strike
Wed  Apr 1 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She’s refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless … read more.

Iraq troops enter Tikrit
Wed  Apr 1 2015 01:19AM
TIKRIT, Iraq — Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister said security forces had reached the heart of the city. … read more.

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