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Tax-free weekend
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
On Aug. 18, an estimated 90,000 Polk County students will head back to school and for parents or guardians outfitting their student, this weekend is the time to shop for … read more.
A new start
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
It looked like a ragtag bunch of kids playing with musical instruments, but in just a few weeks, it will be a precision marching team, standing tall and playing the … read more.
Chalet swamped with business in final days
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
It is definite. The Chalet Suzanne will absolutely close for good within the next several weeks. “August 10 is absolutely the last day,” said Denise Hinshaw, owner with her husband, … read more.
A night about a nurse
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
Even though “The King” died 37 years ago, to some die-hard fans and the woman who nursed him the last two and a half years of his life, he still lives … read more.
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Commissioners OK proposed budget
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
On Monday, July 21, city commissioners approved the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget during a workshop session, but it was not without some passionate arguments that sometimes strayed from discussion on the budget to what had been discussed earlier in … read more.

Group thinks Lions
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
According to Carl Harrell, the effort to re-establish the Lions Club in Bartow appears to have found an enthusiastic response from The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, as well as from the Fire Department and others. Harrell, along with Judy … read more.

BMS safer and secure
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
When Bartow Middle School students return to class in a month, they will see that their school on Clower Street has had a facelift. The concrete pavement walkways at the school’s front will have all been replaced, dated facades removed … read more.

After all these years ...
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
It has been 50 years since they graduated from high school and nearly three-quarters of the students who got their diplomas will be in town this weekend for the golden anniversary of their graduation. On top of that, the annual … read more.

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State, National and World News
Israeli strike hits school market area
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel’s stepped up campaign against Gaza’s Hamas rulers … read more.

Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the … read more.

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. and European sanctions against Russia’s energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents. The U.S. and … read more.

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:19AM
BAGHDAD (AP) — European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies … read more.

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