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Northern plans nearly complete
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Polk County is busy wrapping up deals with property owners and the state to launch construction of the $33 million Bartow Northern Connector Phase II next summer. Plans for the … read more.
Dutch students enjoyed Bartow life
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Mary Holland Park was filled with teen laughter, good food and a smattering of Dutch Thursday. Dutch you say? Yes, Dutch. It was a farewell send-off for 24 Dutch exchange … read more.
Best-selling writer storms into library
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
A New York Times best-selling author walked a handful of fans through a ‘memory lane’ tour of locations featured in his off-beat, comic- drama-mystery books at the Bartow Public Library … read more.
Bloomin’ Arts Festival art piece selected
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Deanne Norris of Alturas is this year’s winner of the T-shirt and poster contest for the upcoming Bloomin’ Arts Festival, which will be held in March 2015 and is the … read more.
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Jackets drop game in fourth quarter
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
Three quarters were not enough for the Bartow Yellow Jackets Friday night. BHS stymied unbeaten Lakeland through the first half, but the offense had just one successful drive on the night and the Dreadnaughts beat the Yellow Jackets 35-7 at … read more.

Speaker by surprise
Tue  Oct 21 2014 11:31AM
As a politician and former school board member, Bartow’s J.J. Corbett often finds himself making impromptu speeches, but recently he was called on to deliver one for which he was completely unprepared. At the fall reunion of the ‘Triple Nickles,’ … read more.

Business excellence celebrated
Tue  Oct 21 2014 11:31AM
(Editor’s note: Photos of this year’s Champions Cup winners will appear in the Wednesday, Oct. 22 edition of The Polk County Democrat.) One of the more anticipated ceremonies that takes place each year in Bartow is the Annual Champions Cup … read more.

The Champions Cup winners
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM

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Crist, Scott do Debate 3
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
JACKSONVILLE — Florida’s leading candidates for governor clashed fiercely during their final debate on Tuesday night, sniping at each over everything from the economy and the minimum wage to the death penalty. Both Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Rick … read more.

Rally cry heard on Wall Street
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its best day of the year. Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results … read more.

Militants seize weapons cache meant for Kurds
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of … read more.

Unaffiliated voters in Florida say no to political parties
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
ORLANDO — Signing up new voters at high schools and job fairs, Carol Davis has noticed that the registrants, especially younger ones, are increasingly choosing neither the Democratic or Republican parties. They instead are picking “No Party Affiliation,” and they … read more.

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