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Bartow wins district game in downpour
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
Bartow traveled to George Jenkins for the district opener of the 2014 season for these two teams, but the teams played to a sparse crowd that braved the persistent rain. … read more.
Schools facing ‘critical’ shortage of funds
Fri  Sep 19 2014 03:10PM
From broken down air conditioning units to 50-year-old classrooms, Polk County schools are facing a critical shortage of funds for repair, replacement and rebuilding, according to county officials. Lake Wales … read more.
Road renamed after WWII vet
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
Most of the people present at city hall for the regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16, left after a series of proclamations and certificate of recognitions had been awarded, leaving … read more.
Rent a basketball player
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
Tricia Spencer asked the 17 Bartow High School basketball players Wednesday night if they wanted to go to South Carolina in December to play in the Bojangles Classic basketball tournament. … read more.
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Former KKK Grand Dragon tells story of change
Sat  Sep 20 2014 08:00AM
Leaving the Ku Klux Klan was no easy move and after discovering the organization lied to him (and all who were members), Richard C. Harris had difficult years that followed him. Because he was a popular member and the second … read more.

Ross: We should not declare war
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross said he doesn’t think the United States should declare war on ISIS, but with the U.S. House of Representatives debating that option this week after the president’s speech last week about starting air strikes, he’s not … read more.

Still festy after all these years
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
Friday, Sept 19, will mark the 10th anniversary of Friday Fest, the street celebration held the third Friday of every month except December. The party will run from 6-9 p.m., along East Main Street and the intersections of Central Avenue … read more.

‘Dancing Under the Stars’ packs Civic Center
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
Almost 300 people attended “Dancing Under the Stars” on Friday, Sept. 12, an event organizers deemed an overwhelming success for the Bartow Kiwanis Club. In addition to dancing, with music provided by Craig Singleton and the Big City Band (a … read more.

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Sierra Leone reaches final day of Ebola lockdown
Mon  Sep 22 2014 01:19AM
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone’s capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola … read more.

‘Maze Runner’ races past ‘Tombstones’ with $32.5 M
Mon  Sep 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The young-adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 … read more.

Pensacola celebrates 100 years of Naval aviation
Mon  Sep 22 2014 01:19AM
PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panhandle city long known as “The Cradle of Naval Aviation,” is celebrating 100 years of training the Navy’s top pilots. Pensacola Naval Air Station hosted a black-tie gala Saturday night to … read more.

Libertarian an alternative in governor’s race
Mon  Sep 22 2014 01:19AM
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Beer containers aren’t usually a topic in Florida gubernatorial races, but for Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie the state’s ban on small brewers filling half-gallon jugs illustrates how regulations reward campaign contributors and stifle competitors. Sipping … read more.

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