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Penny for the roads
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:00AM
Though people won’t be voting on the penny sales tax at the primary election next week, Tom Phillips will be one of dozens of people at Thursday’s Straw Poll at … read more.
Still in business
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:00AM
Less than eight months after a fire burned out her business. Terrie Lobb is back at the Bartow Health Center. The return of Terrie Lobb Catering will be celebrated 4 … read more.
Wabash may be closed for 6 months
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:00AM
Much of what was discussed at the Monday, Aug. 18 city commission work session revolved around the work that may and most likely will be needed on the wastewater transmission … read more.
Hospital data breach hits millions
Tue  Aug 19 2014 02:44PM
The parent company of three Polk County hospitals says criminal cyberattackers stole Social Security numbers and other information of about 4.5 million patients treated by its affiliated physician groups. Tennessee-based … read more.
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Toddler battling leukemia
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
19-month-old Carson Fox is fighting for his life. He was diagnosed Aug. 10 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and currently is at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where doctors are aggressively treating him with chemotherapy. He will also need to … read more.

The search is on
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
Main Street Bartow is searching for a new executive director, which they have been without one since Mikel Dorminy tendered her resignation May 2013. This was first made public at the Aug. 4 City Commission work session by Commissioner Trish … read more.

Seeking to be a model
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
Bartow High School is taking the lead in launching a new mentoring program it hopes will become a model for other secondary schools in Polk County and across the state. Called the Mentor Alignment Project, the new program is an … read more.

Alignment Polk to set up at Jim Miles
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County School Board’s endorsement of Polk Vision’s leading the Alignment Polk initiative solidified Tuesday when the school board tentatively agreed to provide the vision group office space, moving services and technical support. That should allay the proposed $100,000 … read more.

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Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel areas
Tue  Aug 19 2014 10:10PM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and displaced another … read more.

Parents keep babies off Facebook
Tue  Aug 19 2014 10:10PM
NEW YORK — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, “a … read more.

Ferguson struggles for order
Tue  Aug 19 2014 10:10PM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Ferguson’s leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to “allow peace to settle in” and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of … read more.

Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96
Tue  Aug 19 2014 10:10PM
NEW YORK — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded “Saturday Night Live.” Don Pardo, the eras-spanning radio and TV announcer whose resonant voice-over style was celebrated for … read more.

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