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Girl Scouts of yesteryear honor their troop leaders
Mon  Apr 27 2015 10:44AM
Early Saturday afternoon, nearly 50 former Bartow Girl Scouts gathered from across town and across the country to reminisce, catch up on each other’s lives, honor the leaders who gave … read more.
Community funding questioned
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
Concern that they may not get as much financial help in the future from the Community Redevelopment Agency, several community partners came to Wednesday’s meeting to hear about their future … read more.
BHS student shoots for excellence
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
When you meet 17-year-old Bartow High School senior Courtney Lamoureaux, you don’t think “Army” or “NFL.” You think petite and pretty. All that is changed now. She’s all about Army … read more.
City seeks $84K grant to improve handicap access
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
Commissioners approved a request Monday to apply for a grant that will improve handicap access on city streets and sidewalks. The $84,852 grant will be used in the Fiscal Year … read more.
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Martin meets new teammates
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
If all goes according to plan, Bartow High School baseball standout Matt Martin is spending this afternoon getting acquainted with some new teammates. Matt recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball for and attend St. John’s River State … read more.

Mail carrier saves second life
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The quote by Herodotus, made in 503 B.C.E., and inscribed on the General Post Office facility on 33rd Street … read more.

Water plant to supply 4 million gallons a day
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Polk County recently took the first step toward the construction of a new $25 million water treatment plant that will consolidate five water service locales into one state-of-the-art plant just off U.S. 17 near Gordonville. The Polk Board of County … read more.

Woman dies in wreck on MLK Boulevard near tracks
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Saturday’s fatality on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in east Bartow wasn’t totally unexpected for one couple that lives on the street. Meshay Lott and Richard Thomas, who live at 1610 MLK on Saturday said — just hours after a … read more.

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US stocks drop at start of busy week for earnings
Mon  Apr 27 2015 10:57PM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped on Monday as investors looked ahead to a flood of earnings reports this week. Stocks appeared headed for new highs in the morning, but drifted lower in afternoon as health care companies dropped … read more.

Baltimore erupts
Mon  Apr 27 2015 10:52PM
BALTIMORE — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody. … read more.

Loretta Lynch sworn in as AG
Mon  Apr 27 2015 10:52PM
WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Speaking before an audience of family members, Justice Department lawyers and supporters, Lynch … read more.

‘Good kid’: Lawyer pleads for Boston Marathon bomber’s life
Mon  Apr 27 2015 10:41PM
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David Bruck … read more.

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