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Mon  Jul 27 2015 01:53PM

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Nowhere to go yet
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
Seven days after the Florida Department of Citrus executive director was pulled over in Lakeland and charged with DUI that led to his resignation, the commission decided not to make … read more.
Mr. Bartow coming back to town
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
School taxes go down a little
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The Polk County School Board is expected Tuesday to rubber stamp the 15/16 school year $791.4 million budget that drops ad valorem taxes by a smidgen during a pubic hearing at … read more.
More Local News
Stormwater fee under consideration
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
Ordinance No. 2015-08, regarding the stormwater assessment fee, came before city commissioners and was unanimously approved in a roll call vote at the city commissioner Monday, July 20, regular meeting. However, it was not the vote setting fees. That vote is … read more.

Consensus: Churches exempt from fire fee
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
Whether it is considered “fair,” by a 3-2 consensus, churches will remain exempt from the fire assessment fee being reworked by the city commission. The decision to not change the status could have gone the other way had Commissioner Leo … read more.

Horses delight kids, adults
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
More than 100 kids were delighted to meet Remington and Graziana Wednesday. They were gathered in the lawn across the street from the Bartow Public Library for the second-to-last show of the Super Summer Series and it wasn’t only children, … read more.

Broadband plan wins national award
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
The Central Florida Regional Planning Council, along with partner planning councils Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council received the Major Metro Achievement Award presented by the National Association of Regional Councils for the Florida Local/Regional … read more.

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State, National and World News
America more diverse, less wealthy
Mon  Jul 27 2015 10:35PM
NEW YORK (CNN) — The numbers seem to tell a pretty clear story. The typical American family is poorer than it was 25 years ago. Median family wealth has dropped to $81,450, a nearly 5 percent decline since 1989, according … read more.

Chinese plunge sends global markets lower
Tue  Jul 28 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The worst drop in China’s stock market in eight years helped drag down other markets around the world Monday. The tough day follows declines in U.S. markets last week, when the three major indexes fell more … read more.

50 cent bet at Saratoga wins half a million
Mon  Jul 27 2015 10:35PM
NEW YORK (CNN) —Talk about long odds — A 50 cent bet netted a New Jersey gambler nearly half a million bucks on Saturday in Saratoga. The gambler, who has not been named, placed the tiny Pick Five bet online … read more.

US, Turkey plan for ‘safe zone’ free of ISIS in Syria
Tue  Jul 28 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border — a plan that opens the possibility of … read more.

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