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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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Navy says submarine being built to be named USS New Jersey
Sun  May 24 2015 02:17PM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A submarine will be the third U.S. Navy vessel named the USS New Jersey. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Sunday that a submarine being built now will get that name when it’s completed and commissioned … read more.

Libya attacks ship near ISIS-controlled port, air force chief says
Sun  May 24 2015 02:16PM
(CNN) — A ship filled with “mercenaries, weapons and ammunition” was attacked by a Libyan air force plane Sunday morning, the chief of the air force told CNN. Saqr al-Joroushi, the head of the Libyan air force for the internationally-recognized … read more.

WWII vet to receive honorary diploma from Ohio high school
Sun  May 24 2015 02:16PM
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A 92-year-old World War II veteran is slated to receive an honorary diploma from his Ohio high school after he left early more than seven decades ago to fight in the war. The Dayton Daily News … read more.

Saved from Sandy: Shorebird efforts are declared a success
Sun  May 24 2015 02:16PM
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A crash program to restore New Jersey bay and ocean beaches wrecked by Superstorm Sandy appears to have succeeded in saving tens of thousands of shorebirds. Scientists fear the birds might have died after the … read more.

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