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Cranking down the radio
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
It was not too loud in the Polk County Commission chambers on Tuesday when commissioners heard citizens complain about loud radios and how it affects their quality of life. In … read more.
High schoolers help fire department
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
Today, Saturday, Dec. 20, the Bartow Fire Department will conduct its annual toy distribution drive. Loaded up with toys with Santa in tow, members of the fire department and volunteers … read more.
Baby hospitalized after fall
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
A 10-week-old baby is now at Tampa General Hospital, suffering from a fractured skull (unconfirmed), the result of a fall from a shopping cart. The incident began unfolding at approximately … read more.
Not a happy Christmas
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
What could possible be among the best ideas for Christmas shopping? To two Lake Wales residents with robbery convictions on their records, it is stealing from Walmart. Despite the plan … read more.
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Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM

Santa, venison and families meet
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Chilly weather set the scene perfectly for Thursday evening’s chili supper and photo ops with that special North Pole visitor for dozens of children and their families at Bartow’s Main Street Baptist Church. The brainchild of the church’s outreach coordinator … read more.

Minority hiring broadened
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
While more Polk County minority students are enrolling in advanced placement classes, the Polk County School Board is still trying to recruit more black and Hispanic teachers and administrators, to move the county toward parity in that arena. Based on … read more.

Party for the Jackets
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Not long ago, the Bartow High School Yellow Jacket football team was wrapping up its 2014 season with a final game in the state playoffs. The culmination of a season that can be considered one of the better outings of … read more.

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AP sources: Cops’ killer angry over Garner death
Sat  Dec 20 2014 09:18PM
NEW YORK — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two police officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad … read more.

WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000
Sat  Dec 20 2014 09:18PM
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his … read more.

Raul Castro: Detente won’t change Cuban system
Sat  Dec 20 2014 09:18PM
HAVANA (AP) — Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba’s parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington won’t change the communist system … read more.

Bill Cosby’s silence may be his best defense at this point
Sat  Dec 20 2014 09:16PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby has the right to remain silent — and that may be his best strategy. With police urging any possible sex abuse victims to come forward, two lawsuits pending and more than 15 women making … read more.

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