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First program of new Chamber series called exciting
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
J. Lenora Bresler’s message was direct and to the point. “Life is all about relationships,” said Bresler as she opened the inaugural session of The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce’s … read more.
Clements sees city progressing
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
If James F. Clements win re-election for his at-large seat, it will be his fourth and final term as city commissioner. However, before he leaves office for the final time, … read more.
Cochran running for city commission yet again
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
Many know Gerald Cochran from his countless appearances before City Hall, in which he takes commissioners, City Manager George Long and city attorney Sean Parker to task over issues in … read more.
Repaving project on U.S. 17 to take six months
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
Motorists on U.S. 17 may be encountering lane closures and shifts over the next six months as a three-mile resurfacing project from Bear Creek to Gordon Heights gets into full … read more.
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BHS student found with weapons
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
A Bartow High School senior was arrested Monday on three counts of possession of a weapon on school grounds when he was found with brass knuckles, an air gun and a double-edged knife, according to the Bartow Police Department. Austin … read more.

Some high schools get red flagged
Sat  Mar 28 2015 08:30AM
Three Polk County High Schools find themselves in hot water with the school board to the tune of a combined $103,000 over athletic programs and a yearbook program running in the red. Haines City and Kathleen high schools got red … read more.

Racing on cooking oil
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
Ever drive 200 miles per hour on cooking oil? It can be done. On Tuesday, Joel Miller, a race car driver and mechanical engineer for Mazda, told and showed students how it can be done. “We use science,” he said. … read more.

School District planning solutions
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
Polk Vision rolled out the new Alignment program it will lead this week, with meetings in Lakeland and Winter Haven. The Alignment initiative was fostered by the Polk County School Board to augment Polk Vision, a non-profit organization that tackles … read more.

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State, National and World News
Delete, erase, shred
Sun  Mar 29 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — In the never-ending quest to preserve the government’s history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction. Before delete keys on computers, there were paper shredders, erase buttons on tape recorders and trash cans. Think Oliver North … read more.

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria
Sun  Mar 29 2015 01:19AM
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation’s history. All the … read more.

Signs of discord at Iran nuke talks as deadline looms
Sun  Mar 29 2015 01:19AM
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program grew frantic on Saturday amid signs of discord, with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran’s top diplomat ahead of an … read more.

Who claims what in Cuba?
Sun  Mar 29 2015 01:19AM
Soon after Fidel Castro came to power, his government seized the refineries, hotels and sugar plantations that were the most visible signs of the American hold on the island’s economy. But a look at long- unsettled claims for what was … read more.

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