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Turnout low but enthusiasm high for annual 5K walk/run
Tue  Sep 30 2014 04:08PM
According to Mikel Dorminy, the marketing director for Leland Family Ministry, the nearly 30 people who turned out to walk or run in the annual Walk/Run for Recovery 5K on … read more.
Friday Fest: Anniversary one month late
Tue  Sep 30 2014 04:08PM
Although September’s Friday Fest, intended to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event had to be canceled due to rain, all is not lost, according to Jennifer Daniels. Daniels, a … read more.
Church Service Center to open thrift shop
Tue  Sep 30 2014 04:08PM
The Church Service Center will soon start up a thrift store at its location at 495 E. Summerlin St., in downtown Bartow. The thrift store idea has been awhile in … read more.
BHS Homecoming Court
Tue  Sep 30 2014 04:12PM
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Umbrellas up as Bartow tops the Miners
Tue  Sep 30 2014 03:10PM
Homecoming night in Bartow was a rainy one as the Fort Meade Miners came to town for a game that had plenty of importance, but no district implications for either team. Both were coming off wins in the rain, so … read more.

Four charter school applications shot down
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County School Board’s charter review committee shot down four applications for new charter schools, most in Northeast Polk County, while three applicants withdrew their applications before they could be officially denied. Our Children’s of Winter Haven Middle, Our … read more.

Traviss has come a long way
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
Things have changed, from an agricultural and mechanical focus to today’s high tech world, through it all Traviss Career Center has kept up with the times and Thursday celebrated 50 years of providing career education to Polk County students. Started … read more.

Loving heart saving dogs from miserable life
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
For Tammy Hyde, the sight is often heartbreaking. A postal carrier whose route encompasses the western part of Bartow, she often sees a number of dogs living in less than adequate shelters. Some live in boxes, and those may be … read more.

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First US Ebola case
Tue  Sep 30 2014 10:50PM
DALLAS — Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa. … read more.

S&P loses ground in September
Tue  Sep 30 2014 10:50PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Major indexes drifted to a slight loss, leaving the Standard & Poor’s 500 down 1.6 percent for September, its third monthly … read more.

Tremors raise concern at Japan volcano
Tue  Sep 30 2014 10:50PM
KISO, Japan (AP) — Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still … read more.

Islamic State may be wary of upsetting Turkey
Tue  Sep 30 2014 10:50PM
SILOPI, Turkey — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 620-mile fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle’s door. “IS took over last night,” the power plant’s … read more.

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