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Penny for the roads
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Though people won’t be voting on the penny sales tax at the primary election next week, Tom Phillips will be one of dozens of people at Thursday’s Straw Poll at … read more.
Still in business
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Less than eight months after a fire burned out her business. Terrie Lobb is back at the Bartow Health Center. The return of Terrie Lobb Catering will be celebrated 4 … read more.
Wabash may be closed for 6 months
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Much of what was discussed at the Monday, Aug. 18 city commission work session revolved around the work that may and most likely will be needed on the wastewater transmission … read more.
Hospital data breach hits millions
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:19AM
The parent company of three Polk County hospitals says criminal cyberattackers stole Social Security numbers and other information of about 4.5 million patients treated by its affiliated physician groups. Tennessee-based … read more.
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Toddler battling leukemia
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
19-month-old Carson Fox is fighting for his life. He was diagnosed Aug. 10 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and currently is at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where doctors are aggressively treating him with chemotherapy. He will also need to … read more.

The search is on
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
Main Street Bartow is searching for a new executive director, which they have been without one since Mikel Dorminy tendered her resignation May 2013. This was first made public at the Aug. 4 City Commission work session by Commissioner Trish … read more.

Seeking to be a model
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
Bartow High School is taking the lead in launching a new mentoring program it hopes will become a model for other secondary schools in Polk County and across the state. Called the Mentor Alignment Project, the new program is an … read more.

Alignment Polk to set up at Jim Miles
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County School Board’s endorsement of Polk Vision’s leading the Alignment Polk initiative solidified Tuesday when the school board tentatively agreed to provide the vision group office space, moving services and technical support. That should allay the proposed $100,000 … read more.

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State, National and World News
Eruption risk rising for volcano in Iceland
Thu  Aug 21 2014 09:45PM
(LA Times) — Thousands of small earthquakes have rattled Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano over the last five days, prompting meteorologists to warn of an increasing risk of eruption and causing public safety authorities to evacuate tourists from the popular summer climbing … read more.

US Ebola patients released from hospital
Thu  Aug 21 2014 09:45PM
NEW YORK — Both U.S. aid workers who were infected with Ebola in Liberia have been released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after having fought off the deadly virus. Kent Brantly, a doctor, was discharged Thursday. Nancy Writebol, an … read more.

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware
Thu  Aug 21 2014 09:45PM
(AP) — Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states. A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes names, … read more.

Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine
Thu  Aug 21 2014 09:45PM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Parts of eastern Ukraine were wracked by fierce fighting Thursday as government troops sought to snatch back territory from separatist rebels, while a Russian aid convoy to the hard-hit city of Luhansk began to make tentative … read more.

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