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Tax-free weekend
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
On Aug. 18, an estimated 90,000 Polk County students will head back to school and for parents or guardians outfitting their student, this weekend is the time to shop for … read more.
A new start
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
It looked like a ragtag bunch of kids playing with musical instruments, but in just a few weeks, it will be a precision marching team, standing tall and playing the … read more.
Chalet swamped with business in final days
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
It is definite. The Chalet Suzanne will absolutely close for good within the next several weeks. “August 10 is absolutely the last day,” said Denise Hinshaw, owner with her husband, … read more.
A night about a nurse
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
Even though “The King” died 37 years ago, to some die-hard fans and the woman who nursed him the last two and a half years of his life, he still lives … read more.
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Commissioners OK proposed budget
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
On Monday, July 21, city commissioners approved the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget during a workshop session, but it was not without some passionate arguments that sometimes strayed from discussion on the budget to what had been discussed earlier in … read more.

Group thinks Lions
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
According to Carl Harrell, the effort to re-establish the Lions Club in Bartow appears to have found an enthusiastic response from The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, as well as from the Fire Department and others. Harrell, along with Judy … read more.

BMS safer and secure
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
When Bartow Middle School students return to class in a month, they will see that their school on Clower Street has had a facelift. The concrete pavement walkways at the school’s front will have all been replaced, dated facades removed … read more.

After all these years ...
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
It has been 50 years since they graduated from high school and nearly three-quarters of the students who got their diplomas will be in town this weekend for the golden anniversary of their graduation. On top of that, the annual … read more.

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Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have agreed to combine their broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity. The deal announced late Wednesday is the latest … read more.

US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where … read more.

Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor’s office
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician’s office for about an hour, authorities say. The woman, … read more.

Price tag for new Tampa area expressway is $454M
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Department of Transportation officials say a new expressway linking two major roads in the Tampa Bay area will cost about $454 million — about $116 million more than first announced. Most of the extra … read more.

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