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Bartow crime rate drops
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:10PM
The latest crime rate report for Bartow shows a drop of 2.8 percent, but despite that decrease, it still isn’t good enough for Chief Joe Hall. “It’s not as low … read more.
District to seek county’s help
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:10PM
The Polk County School Board, strapped for money across the board, is going to the Polk County Board of Commissioners to see about hiking the schools’ share of impact fees. … read more.
Dorman recognized for saving man’s life
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:10PM
It was July 4 and the Bartow Police Department Community Services Team was off work, it being a holiday. However, their supervisor, Sgt. Bryan Dorman, volunteered to work that day, … read more.
More BHS improvements coming
Sat  Feb 28 2015 05:10PM
Hard on the heels of last summer’s $406,000 upgrade, Bartow High School will be getting another $200,000 in improvements this summer, along with a similar amount to be spent on … read more.
More Local News
Shotguns stolen in break-in
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
A break-in occurred at approximately 3 a.m., Monday, Feb. 23 at Bartow Jewelry & Pawn Shop, 425 E. Main St., according to owners Erik and Mychele Jenkins. “The alarm first came in at 2:56 a.m., said Mychele Jenkins, who added … read more.

Advice: Increase revenues, make drastic cuts
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
With the Polk County School Board in the financial bind they find themselves in, with a mega-million-dollar needs list and only petty cash coming in, the Board is looking at possibly rezoning the entire district, to move students from overcrowded … read more.

Wounded Warrior banquet nearly sold out
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
If you haven’t got your tickets to Saturday night’s Wounded Warrior Sportsman Fund banquet, you’d better hurry, said organizer Wayne Shelby. “We’re pretty close to sold out,” he said, meaning that almost all of the 450 banquet seats are gone. … read more.

LeRoy: School system needs improvement
Sat  Feb 21 2015 08:30AM
While there were some disturbing trends unveiled by Kathryn LeRoy, there were also signs of progress. LeRoy is Polk County Public Schools System Superintendent and she gave her assessment of the current state of the school system Thursday, Feb. 19, … read more.

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State, National and World News
Syria agrees to UN fact-finding mission in Aleppo
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria is sending a mission to the contested city of Aleppo to determine the situation on the ground and help ensure that humanitarian aid can reach civilians in need if a local … read more.

World strawberry capital sours a bit on its trademark fruit
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Some farmers in the strawberry capital of the world are souring on the fruits of their labor. Cold snaps, falling prices and worker shortages have combined to convince some farmers to scale back on strawberries, … read more.

Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take charity polar plunge in Chicago
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
CHICAGO (AP) — Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn made plunges into the icy waters of Chicago’s Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for Special Olympics. Special Olympics Chicago President Casey Hogan said Sunday that Gaga did the plunge with more than … read more.

In Russia, dwindling opposition mourns Putin foe Nemtsov
Mon  Mar 2 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not … read more.

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