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She’s a dog raiser
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
To look at Collier, one might be hard-pressed recognizing her; or to be more exact, what breed of dog she is. That is why a look of surprise comes to … read more.
Jackets open season in Osceola
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
A lot has changed since Nov. 14, 2014. That date marks the first time that Bartow High School faced Kissimmee Osceola in a football game. It was a playoff game, … read more.
Amy Little is the Bartow Idol
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
Eight people took the stage at Friday Fest for the first of what could become a yearly event in the Bartow Idol contest. In the end Amy Little, who sang … read more.
Drug lab renamed
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
The woman who ran the Polk County Drug Court Lab will be forever remembered as the facility was renamed earlier this month in her name. “Jan loved her job and … read more.
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Exhange program seeking to comeback
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
When the Bartow Rotary Club started their weekly meeting last week, as always it sang songs led by John DeYoung every week. The first song, “Take me out to the Ballgame,” was not familiar to two of the three guests … read more.

POMA pitched to Crickettes
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
Claire Orologas, the executive director of Lakeland’s Polk Museum of the Arts, reached out members of the Bartow Crickette Club last week on how it can form new and strengthen existing partnerships between it and the Bartow community. “We’re not … read more.

Clothing giveaway debuts
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
Praise Temple Deliverance Center church members had an outreach clothing giveaway in Bartow Saturday. Pastor Willie Watson said it was a new project to give something back to the community. Dozens of Bartow residents enjoyed hot dogs, drinks and chance … read more.

School supplies provided in the park
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
Though the humidity and heat was something that may drive a person to seek a safe place under a rock, more than 75 people showed up at Mary Holland Park on Saturday morning for the fifth annual Believing in Dreams … read more.

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State, National and World News
4 killed in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika hits island
Thu  Aug 27 2015 04:15PM
ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Streets across Dominica turned into fast-flowing rivers that swept up cars as Tropical Storm Erika pummeled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides and killing at least four people. The storm, which was forecast to near Florida … read more.

Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal
Thu  Aug 27 2015 04:15PM
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general’s office urged him to step down “to prevent ungovernability that … read more.

Greece appoints 1st female prime minister ahead of snap poll
Thu  Aug 27 2015 04:15PM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s first female prime minister, a top judge, was sworn in Thursday to head a caretaker government ahead of early elections next month in the bailout-dependent country. Supreme Court head Vassiliki Thanou, 65, was appointed after … read more.

Deliberations begin in New Hampshire prep school rape trial
Thu  Aug 27 2015 04:14PM
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Jurors deliberating the fate of a former prep school senior charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant, who credited “divine inspiration” with helping him end their escalating … read more.

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