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Bartow crime rate drops
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:10PM
The latest crime rate report for Bartow shows a drop of 2.8 percent, but despite that decrease, it still isn’t good enough for Chief Joe Hall. “It’s not as low … read more.
District to seek county’s help
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:10PM
The Polk County School Board, strapped for money across the board, is going to the Polk County Board of Commissioners to see about hiking the schools’ share of impact fees. … read more.
Dorman recognized for saving man’s life
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:10PM
It was July 4 and the Bartow Police Department Community Services Team was off work, it being a holiday. However, their supervisor, Sgt. Bryan Dorman, volunteered to work that day, … read more.
More BHS improvements coming
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:10PM
Hard on the heels of last summer’s $406,000 upgrade, Bartow High School will be getting another $200,000 in improvements this summer, along with a similar amount to be spent on … read more.
More Local News
Shotguns stolen in break-in
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
A break-in occurred at approximately 3 a.m., Monday, Feb. 23 at Bartow Jewelry & Pawn Shop, 425 E. Main St., according to owners Erik and Mychele Jenkins. “The alarm first came in at 2:56 a.m., said Mychele Jenkins, who added … read more.

Advice: Increase revenues, make drastic cuts
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
With the Polk County School Board in the financial bind they find themselves in, with a mega-million-dollar needs list and only petty cash coming in, the Board is looking at possibly rezoning the entire district, to move students from overcrowded … read more.

Wounded Warrior banquet nearly sold out
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
If you haven’t got your tickets to Saturday night’s Wounded Warrior Sportsman Fund banquet, you’d better hurry, said organizer Wayne Shelby. “We’re pretty close to sold out,” he said, meaning that almost all of the 450 banquet seats are gone. … read more.

LeRoy: School system needs improvement
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
While there were some disturbing trends unveiled by Kathryn LeRoy, there were also signs of progress. LeRoy is Polk County Public Schools System Superintendent and she gave her assessment of the current state of the school system Thursday, Feb. 19, … read more.

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Lawmaker renews push to bring mega casinos
Tue  Mar 3 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — South Florida could become home to two massive casinos, dog tracks could end live greyhound racing and slot machines could expand into other parts of the state under a mammoth gambling bill filed Monday. The measure filed … read more.

Spacecraft nears dwarf planet
Tue  Mar 3 2015 01:19AM
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet. The Dawn craft will slip into orbit Friday around Ceres, a dwarf planet … read more.

Boston short of season snow record — for now
Tue  Mar 3 2015 01:19AM
NEWBURGH, Ind. (AP) — It has topped more than 100 inches of snow this season, but Boston is just short of surpassing its 20-year-old snowfall record — for now. Sunday’s snowfall brought the city’s total to 103.9 inches. It needs … read more.

Netanyahu to address Congress today
Tue  Mar 3 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed President Barack Obama did not — and could not — fully understand … read more.

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