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Cheerleaders find new opportunity
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
The Bartow High School cafeteria provided the backdrop as four members of the Class of 2015 took their seats before family and friends. The honored guests each had a single … read more.
WWII veteran buried after cremation
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
A World War II veteran has finally been put to rest following his death and cremation five years ago. The remains of Willard Holbert, an 87-year-old WWII Navy veteran from … read more.
Day of freedom marked
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” Those were the words said Wednesday said by Myrtice Young, the historic preservation manager of … read more.
First million spent on Outpost plan
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
Almost one million down, $83 million to go. The first improvement to the current Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area, which is expected to eventually transform into the Fort Meade Historic … read more.
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Vetter to be honored Thursday
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
From 5-7 p.m., Thursday, the public will celebrate Dr. Edwin Vetter’s contributions to Bartow High School’s International Baccalaureate program and his retirement from the school after spending nearly 45 years in classrooms. Vetter was the founding father of the IB … read more.

Speaker takes bite out of alligators
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
As a rule, most keynote speakers at weekly Bartow Kiwanis Club luncheons represent organizations that are devoted to bettering the lives of those who live in Bartow and Polk County. That usually means an address to members and guests that … read more.

That’s the Spirit!
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
Everyday heroes. They are those who, every year since 1975, are designated by The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce as “Spirit of Bartow” recipients. While some of them have indeed done heroic acts of valor, many of them have been … read more.

Promise of Freedom
Sat  May 23 2015 08:30AM

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Rhino survives poacher attack
Tue  May 26 2015 01:19AM
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rhino’s rescuers gave her a name: Hope. Poachers in South Africa had darted the rhino with a tranquilizer and hacked off her horns while she was sedated, leaving the animal with a horrific wound covering much … read more.

BP getting credit for Gulf Coast tourism boom
Tue  May 26 2015 01:19AM
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one … read more.

‘Ugly’ Obamacare twist looms
Tue  May 26 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama’s health care law. But it’s Republicans — not White House officials — who have been … read more.

America salutes the fallen
Tue  May 26 2015 01:19AM
ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without … read more.

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