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Brown Festival to let the good times roll
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
While this year’s annual L.B. Brown Heritage Festival will take in a taste of New Orleans, there will be plenty to learn about as well as the fun and games, … read more.
American hero honored
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
In recalling his father’s life in the years he’s known him, Jerome Corbett called J.J. Corbett a consummate gentlemen. “Never have I heard him curse. Never have I heard him … read more.
Parking at Farmers Market a concern
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
A problem with parking on West Main Street adjacent to Fort Blount Park has the potential of shutting down the Wednesday farmers market, according to Vice Mayor Trish Pfeiffer, who … read more.
SyFy Bartow to contest you
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
On Feb. 20 you will see people strolling Main Street looking like aliens, superheroes and cosplayers and if only seeing them one time isn’t enough, get out to Fun Friday … read more.
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Chalkboard special
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
Pizza, green beans, applesauce, the lunch menu at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School was pretty routine last Friday. But the school helped cook up something super special for third-grader Jayda Miller. It was a normal day for the youngster, … read more.

Two qualify for District 3 city commission seat
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
On Friday, Feb. 5, W.H. “Bill” Simpson officially announced his candidacy for the District Three seat on the Bartow City Commission. Simpson is a retired senior executive in the phosphate who now works as a business development consultant. Simpson served … read more.

Currently no need to panic in Polk re: Zika
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
In light of Florida’s governor last week urging caution and a health emergency declared in four counties in Florida because of the Zika virus, the fear of it is not at the top level in the state. The mosquito — … read more.

More than 50 take on obstacles
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
More than 50 people braved a bit of cooler weather on Saturday to take part in the fourth annual Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run that had them take on a 2.7-mile course through Mosaic and Mary Holland Parks. Among the … read more.

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Next up for the GOP presidential candidates: South Carolina
Wed  Feb 10 2016 11:19PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Republican presidential nominating has moved into the South, where seven states — Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas — will anchor the Super Tuesday primaries on March 1. But first comes South Carolina … read more.

Seoul: N. Korean leader Kim had his military chief executed
Wed  Feb 10 2016 11:19PM
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption and other charges, a South Korean official said Thursday. If true, the execution of Ri Yong Gil, chief of the North Korean … read more.

2 deputies wounded, suspect dead in shopping center shootout
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:30PM
ABINGDON, Md. (AP) — A man shot a sheriff’s deputy in the head inside a crowded restaurant at lunchtime Wednesday and wounded another deputy during a shootout, authorities and witnesses said. The gunman was killed and, remarkably no bystanders were … read more.

Florida Gov. remains mum on how to fix state’s death penalty
Wed  Feb 10 2016 10:28PM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Despite an ongoing emotional debate, Gov. Rick Scott is refusing to say how Florida should fix the state’s death penalty law. The Florida Legislature is currently divided over how to rewrite the law after the U.S. Supreme … read more.

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