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Building boom may be starting
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
Developers are bullish on Bartow. The latest demonstration that developers believe the economy is on the rebound was a groundbreaking ceremony by Beechwood Development LLC and Beechwood Hotel Group LLC … read more.
NIC presents first scholarship
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
The Neighborhood Improvement Corporation’s annual picnic, held to thank the many volunteers and supporters of the L.B. Brown house, was a success, according to Cliff Lewis, executive director of the … read more.
Teacher raises may not happen
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
Just days after reaching an agreement to give Polk County teachers a raise, the Polk County School Board is now hedging their bets by saying it just might not happen, … read more.
New venture a successor to BPAC
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
For many years, a number of people in Bartow has expressed the desire for Bartow to have a community theater such as those in Lake Wales, Winter Haven, Lakeland and … read more.
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Sheriff wins juvenile jail lawsuit
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office won a lawsuit the Southern Poverty Law Center had filed against it in which it claimed mistreatment and harsh conditions and a lack of rehabilitation by the PCSO for juveniles at the county jail in … read more.

Airport Authnority approves purchase, lease extension
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
As has been the situation the past several Airport Authority monthly meetings, matters were dispensed with in relatively short order, with little, if any deliberations needed, as the items on the agenda were of a positive nature. At the beginning … read more.

Tickets on sale to Pig Out
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
There’ll be pork on the grill on May 1 as the annual Pig Out comes back to town. Sponsored by the Leadership Bartow X11 class, people can call The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce now for tickets. It takes place … read more.

John Frost named member of prestigious organization
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
John W. Frost II, of Frost Van den Boom, P.A., has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. “I’m just very humbled,” said Frost. “I … read more.

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Willie Nelson enters marijuana business
Mon  Apr 20 2015 10:38PM
SPOKANE, Wash. — Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20. The move makes the 81-year-old “Roll Me Up and … read more.

US warships deployed
Mon  Apr 20 2015 10:38PM
WASHINGTON — In a stepped-up response to Iranian backing of Shiite rebels in Yemen, the Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared … read more.

Student armed with crossbow, machete kills teacher
Mon  Apr 20 2015 10:38PM
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A 13-year-old Spanish boy armed with a crossbow and a machete killed a substitute teacher and wounded four other people at his school in Barcelona on Monday, police said. The unidentified boy was detained by police … read more.

Refugee migration keeps coming
Mon  Apr 20 2015 10:38PM
CATANIA, Sicily — European leaders struggled for an adequate response in the face of unremitting migrant flows and continued instability in Libya following the feared drowning of as many as 900 people in the latest Mediterranean tragedy. In Sicily early … read more.

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