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Football Hall of Famer helps honor students
Fri  May 29 2015 03:36PM
Thursday, May 28 was a special occasion for a sizable number of Bartow High School and IB students as they were presented with numerous scholarly achievement awards. The awards ceremony … read more.
Compass demanded to improve
Fri  May 29 2015 03:36PM
Two Polk County charter middle schools were put on notice Tuesday that one has to increase its student performance and the other must change the student population demographics or face … read more.
Jackson speaks highly of strategic plan
Fri  May 29 2015 03:36PM
Although most of the conversations brought to the table at the fifth Mayors Roundtable did not delve deeply into matters of importance, nevertheless there were some “hot button” items the … read more.
Fire assessment fee a ‘burning’ issue
Fri  May 29 2015 03:36PM
One of the key issues discussed at length during the Fifth Annual Mayors Council was the topic of fire assessment fees. While Bartow has a fee, in which it charges … read more.
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Juneteenth Awareness Walk debuts Saturday
Fri  May 29 2015 02:18PM
On Saturday, people from West Bartow Front Porch and others will be taking part in a walkathon through town, handing out fliers about the Juneteenth celebration scheduled June 19-20. There are two of them. The first one is Saturday. The … read more.

Heading to Ivy League
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
No one said making it to an Ivy League school would be easy. But that’s exactly where Fort Meade’s Erick Meza will be headed, thanks to a lot of his own hard work, and a helping hand from the community. … read more.

Women’s golf integral part of Youth Villa tournament
Fri  May 29 2015 02:06PM
Although the 52nd Annual Youth Villa Classic golf tournament has come and gone, perhaps one of the more interesting facets of the tournament is the two-day women’s section of the event, including the history of how it came to be … read more.

Celery, carrots and a sprouting potato
Fri  May 29 2015 02:10PM
Rita Hilton installed the new officers of the Bartow Garden Club at their May meeting. She likened the club to a big pot of delicious vegetable soup. Corresponding Secretary, Audrey Swindal received a long stalk of celery to remind her … read more.

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State, National and World News
Census: No. of Americans on assistance may be leveling off
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The once-increasing number of Americans getting some kind of public assistance from the U.S. government may be slowing down, according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Approximately 52.2 million Americans — or 21.3 percent — … read more.

Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government website and signed by Putin on Wednesday makes it a state secret … read more.

Israeli Burning Man festival torches ancient remains
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man. Archaeologist Yoram Haimi says organizers of Midburn, an Israeli affiliate of the Nevada … read more.

Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos
Fri  May 29 2015 01:19AM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is willing to store and organize all of the world’s digital photos and videos for free. The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google’s desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually … read more.

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