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Check out the new school
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
There is a new school in Bartow, but it is not just for any kid, only those who have dropped out of school or are in danger of dropping out. … read more.
Adventure Run for sculptures
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
As if new obstacles aren’t enough, the annual Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run has four new people helping to set it up. They are Bartow High School International Baccalaureate students … read more.
16-month-old drowns
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
A 16-month-old boy died when he fell into his family’s above-ground pool on Wednesday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported. Cliff D. Booz, born Sept. 25, 2013, was pulled from … read more.
It’s time to close the ‘gate’
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Watergate is a complex of five buildings next to the Kennedy Center in the ritzy Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In 1972, a sixth-floor Watergate office was the site … read more.
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67th Annual Youth Fair
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM

Community Redevelopment Agency hires director
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
On Feb. 9, the Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency will have its first permanent director since the summer of 2012. City Manager George Long and CRA Chairman John Bohde completed their interviews with candidates and hired K. Stephen Cox Jr. Cox, … read more.

Parking garage coming to Bartow
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Could a solution to the parking complaints about downtown Bartow go away as the county is prepared to build a 600-plus garage between the Neil Combee building and the Polk County Courthouse? That depends on if paid parking goes down … read more.

Girl follows family tradition
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Thousands of people crowded the Polk County Youth Fair grounds on Sunday, filling the arena for the market hog shows. Hogs were lined up row by row in the barn while competitors herded their porcine charges through the show ring, … read more.

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Militants lose in Kobani
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News … read more.

Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man. The video, released on militant websites and … read more.

Up to foot of snow possible for Midwest, Northeast
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
(AP) — A storm gathering steam over the southern Rockies is expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and perhaps even more on Boston, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it … read more.

Civilians flee east Ukraine fighting
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be … read more.

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