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Tax-free weekend
Tue  Jul 29 2014 03:39PM
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
Tue  Jul 29 2014 03:39PM
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
Tue  Jul 29 2014 03:39PM
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
Tue  Jul 29 2014 03:08PM
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
‘Prolonged’ Gaza war threat
Tue  Jul 29 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Signaling an escalation of Israel’s Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and … read more.

Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee
Tue  Jul 29 2014 01:19AM
SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from … read more.

Veterans’ health care deal: $17B
Tue  Jul 29 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans’ health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill’s chief supporters said Monday. The … read more.

Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
Tue  Jul 29 2014 01:19AM
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of … read more.

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