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Cranking down the radio
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
It was not too loud in the Polk County Commission chambers on Tuesday when commissioners heard citizens complain about loud radios and how it affects their quality of life. In … read more.
High schoolers help fire department
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
Today, Saturday, Dec. 20, the Bartow Fire Department will conduct its annual toy distribution drive. Loaded up with toys with Santa in tow, members of the fire department and volunteers … read more.
Baby hospitalized after fall
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
A 10-week-old baby is now at Tampa General Hospital, suffering from a fractured skull (unconfirmed), the result of a fall from a shopping cart. The incident began unfolding at approximately … read more.
Not a happy Christmas
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
What could possible be among the best ideas for Christmas shopping? To two Lake Wales residents with robbery convictions on their records, it is stealing from Walmart. Despite the plan … read more.
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Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM

Santa, venison and families meet
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Chilly weather set the scene perfectly for Thursday evening’s chili supper and photo ops with that special North Pole visitor for dozens of children and their families at Bartow’s Main Street Baptist Church. The brainchild of the church’s outreach coordinator … read more.

Minority hiring broadened
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
While more Polk County minority students are enrolling in advanced placement classes, the Polk County School Board is still trying to recruit more black and Hispanic teachers and administrators, to move the county toward parity in that arena. Based on … read more.

Party for the Jackets
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Not long ago, the Bartow High School Yellow Jacket football team was wrapping up its 2014 season with a final game in the state playoffs. The culmination of a season that can be considered one of the better outings of … read more.

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‘Hobbit’ goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. “The Hobbit: The Battle … read more.

Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Tampa … read more.

Sharpton denounces violence against police
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. He also says angry rhetoric that somehow blames protesters or Mayor Bill de Blasio for creating the … read more.

Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage
Sun  Dec 21 2014 02:12PM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Sunday the authorities have picked up several … read more.

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