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Turnout low but enthusiasm high for annual 5K walk/run
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
According to Mikel Dorminy, the marketing director for Leland Family Ministry, the nearly 30 people who turned out to walk or run in the annual Walk/Run for Recovery 5K on … read more.
Friday Fest: Anniversary one month late
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
Although September’s Friday Fest, intended to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event had to be canceled due to rain, all is not lost, according to Jennifer Daniels. Daniels, a … read more.
Church Service Center to open thrift shop
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
The Church Service Center will soon start up a thrift store at its location at 495 E. Summerlin St., in downtown Bartow. The thrift store idea has been awhile in … read more.
BHS Homecoming Court
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
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Umbrellas up as Bartow tops the Miners
Tue  Sep 30 2014 03:10PM
Homecoming night in Bartow was a rainy one as the Fort Meade Miners came to town for a game that had plenty of importance, but no district implications for either team. Both were coming off wins in the rain, so … read more.

Four charter school applications shot down
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County School Board’s charter review committee shot down four applications for new charter schools, most in Northeast Polk County, while three applicants withdrew their applications before they could be officially denied. Our Children’s of Winter Haven Middle, Our … read more.

Traviss has come a long way
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
Things have changed, from an agricultural and mechanical focus to today’s high tech world, through it all Traviss Career Center has kept up with the times and Thursday celebrated 50 years of providing career education to Polk County students. Started … read more.

Loving heart saving dogs from miserable life
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
For Tammy Hyde, the sight is often heartbreaking. A postal carrier whose route encompasses the western part of Bartow, she often sees a number of dogs living in less than adequate shelters. Some live in boxes, and those may be … read more.

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Fla. officer on leave after using stun gun on woman
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation after he fired a stun gun into a 61-year-old woman’s back during an arrest in a Tallahassee neighborhood. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo … read more.

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama … read more.

Ebola patient sent home at first
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
DALLAS — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday … read more.

US stocks drop sharply
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a rough start to October for financial markets Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping more than 200 points as investors reacted to a round of negative economic news in the U.S. and … read more.

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