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Turnout low but enthusiasm high for annual 5K walk/run
Tue  Sep 30 2014 04:08PM
According to Mikel Dorminy, the marketing director for Leland Family Ministry, the nearly 30 people who turned out to walk or run in the annual Walk/Run for Recovery 5K on … read more.
Friday Fest: Anniversary one month late
Tue  Sep 30 2014 04:08PM
Although September’s Friday Fest, intended to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event had to be canceled due to rain, all is not lost, according to Jennifer Daniels. Daniels, a … read more.
Church Service Center to open thrift shop
Tue  Sep 30 2014 04:08PM
The Church Service Center will soon start up a thrift store at its location at 495 E. Summerlin St., in downtown Bartow. The thrift store idea has been awhile in … read more.
BHS Homecoming Court
Tue  Sep 30 2014 04:12PM
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Umbrellas up as Bartow tops the Miners
Tue  Sep 30 2014 03:10PM
Homecoming night in Bartow was a rainy one as the Fort Meade Miners came to town for a game that had plenty of importance, but no district implications for either team. Both were coming off wins in the rain, so … read more.

Four charter school applications shot down
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County School Board’s charter review committee shot down four applications for new charter schools, most in Northeast Polk County, while three applicants withdrew their applications before they could be officially denied. Our Children’s of Winter Haven Middle, Our … read more.

Traviss has come a long way
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
Things have changed, from an agricultural and mechanical focus to today’s high tech world, through it all Traviss Career Center has kept up with the times and Thursday celebrated 50 years of providing career education to Polk County students. Started … read more.

Loving heart saving dogs from miserable life
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
For Tammy Hyde, the sight is often heartbreaking. A postal carrier whose route encompasses the western part of Bartow, she often sees a number of dogs living in less than adequate shelters. Some live in boxes, and those may be … read more.

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Afghan president sworn in
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United … read more.

US stocks head lower, following drops overseas
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns over high stock prices and global politics continued to plague markets Monday as major stock indexes ended with slight losses in another day of choppy trading. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major world financial … read more.

Warming clues mount
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. Researchers found that climate change increased the odds of nine extremes: Heat … read more.

Dozens of possible jurors rejected in Arias sentencing trial
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
PHOENIX (AP) — Roughly a third of 200 potential jurors were dismissed Monday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after telling a judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial … read more.

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