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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 … 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 … 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 … read more.
Pelly benefit to wrap up career
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
The poster reads, “Elvis has not left the building … yet,” but unless one marks down Saturday, Aug. 16, it will be too late to catch the king of Elvis … read more.
More Local News
Light agenda marks work session, regular meeting
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
Bartow City Commissioners will take up two resolutions at the Monday, July 21 regular meeting. In the first, Resolution No. 14-3857-R, commissioners will vote whether to approve a “Final Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Roll.” This will be specifically for parcels lying … read more.

Dr. Clyde was Mr. Bartow
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
At his funeral service Monday, longtime friend Larry Meeks asked the packed pews questions about Dr. Clyde E. Gibson. “I asked six different questions and if any of these pertain to you to stand,” he said. “I asked who has … read more.

County proposes tax increase
Mon  Jul 21 2014 10:08AM
Polk County residents may be facing an increase in property tax if the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget is approved by the Board of County Commissioners, who were pitched the budget by County Manager Jim Freeman at the July 15 … read more.

Twins learn about space
Sat  Jul 19 2014 08:00AM
For the Thermal Design Challenge, sisters Hannah and Sarah Githens made an object called the “Nail Armstrong” in the Space Academy camp they attended in Huntsville, Ala., this month. Somewhat of a success, Hannah’s group made it work in 1:57 … read more.

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State, National and World News
Worries drag stocks lower
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week. Two major U.S. companies — the retail giant Amazon … read more.

Ukraine tensions build
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. … read more.

Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
JERUSALEM — Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its … read more.

Japanese on evolution of ‘Godzilla’
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fans want it known: The radiation- breathing, skyscraper- stomping monster they call “Gojira” was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago. No matter its evolution in Hollywood over the decades, the Godzilla creature began as … read more.

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