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On to Singapore
Sat  Oct 3 2015 10:32AM
It isn’t “America’s Got Talent,” but for Bartowan Jeff Edwards, winning the Karaoke World Championship competition, first in a preliminary competition in Plant City, then the Nationals, which was held … read more.
Feds reach $2B settlement with Mosaic
Sat  Oct 3 2015 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE — After decades of environmental damage caused by hill-sized piles of acidic hazardous waste in Florida and Louisiana, one of the world’s largest fertilizer makers has settled a massive … read more.
Reception unveils new exhibit
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
When Myrtice Young, Historical Preservation Manager of the Polk County History Center, came across a memoir written by the now-late Honorable John H. Dewell, she reached out to the Hon. … read more.
Woman escapes murder attempt
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
A Gordonville woman successfully fought off being killed when a man fired at her at least three times while playing “cat and mouse” around her car on Thursday as she … read more.
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Heath drops out of race for BOCC
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
Rennie Heath has dropped out of the race for the seat County Commissioner Edwin V. Smith holds but and will term out at the end of this year. That leaves only one candidate thus far, J.C. Martin, in the race … read more.

City to lease parking to county
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
By Tuesday afternoon, county employees will have a temporary parking situation ironed out as the both the Bartow City Commission and the Polk County Commission have agreements on their upcoming agendas for the county to lease parking spots while a … read more.

Students get preview at academies
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
Hundreds of Bartow area middle and high school students will be heading to Bartow High School on Thursday, Oct. 8, to get a close-up and personal look at the school’s other schools-in-a-school and the nine academies based there. Starting during … read more.

Kiwanis welcomes new, but former, president
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
As the Bartow Kiwanis Club closed in on its 94th year, it started a course it had not traveled before now. For the first time in its existence, a former president takes the helm as the incoming president, longtime member … read more.

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First lady honors new class of student poets for bravery
Thu  Oct 8 2015 10:12PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is honoring the new class of National Student Poets for their bravery to be vulnerable and sharing their deepest thoughts. The first lady hosted a White House event Thursday for the five teens, who each … read more.

No charges against Orlando officers who kicked suspect
Thu  Oct 8 2015 10:11PM
ORLANDO (AP) — Two Orlando police officers will not face criminal charges for the arrest of a South Florida banker who was kicked repeatedly while sitting on a street curb as they tried to subdue him. State Attorney Jeff Ashton … read more.

Panther killed in southwest Florida
Thu  Oct 8 2015 10:11PM
NAPLES (AP) — Officials say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle on a southwest Florida road. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 3-year-old female was found Thursday after being hit by a vehicle on … read more.

Former deputy charged with stealing, lying on timecard
Thu  Oct 8 2015 10:11PM
FORT MYERS (AP) — A former southwest Florida deputy is facing charges after authorities say he lied on his timecard and received pay for time he wasn’t actually working. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports that 46-year-old Michael Schlosser was … read more.

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