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Bartow wins district game in downpour
Sat  Sep 20 2014 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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 01:00AM
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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Scotland to stay in UK
Sat  Sep 20 2014 01:19AM
EDINBURGH, Scotland — Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence. Now, the task was to heal the divide — and … read more.

Redistricting hearing gets testy
Sat  Sep 20 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A bitter dispute pitting Republican political consultants against groups who challenged Florida’s congressional map spilled out in front of the state’s highest court on Friday. The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether or not secret evidence … read more.

France joins Islamic State fight
Sat  Sep 20 2014 01:19AM
PARIS — France is back at America’s side in conducting military strikes in Iraq. More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush’s war against Saddam Hussein, France on Friday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding … read more.

Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown
Sat  Sep 20 2014 01:19AM
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since … read more.

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