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Community funding questioned
Fri  Apr 24 2015 04:30PM
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
Fri  Apr 24 2015 04:30PM
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
Fri  Apr 24 2015 04:30PM
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.
Martin meets new teammates
Fri  Apr 24 2015 04:30PM
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 … read more.
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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.

Library volunteers luncheon fun, interesting
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Rhoda Whitten looked on with amazement at the Bartow Public Library’s 3D printer, which was on display in the upstairs reception room. She, along with more than 40 others, were present for the annual luncheon held in honor of the … read more.

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State, National and World News
NATO: Big military build-up on Russia-Ukraine border
Fri  Apr 24 2015 01:19AM
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO’s chief on Thursday reported a sizeable Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine that he said would enable pro-Moscow separatists to launch a new offensive with little warning. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia has … read more.

Florida Senate votes to ban powdered alcohol for 2 years
Fri  Apr 24 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Powdered alcohol would be banned in Florida for two years under a bill passed by the Senate. The Senate passed the bill Thursday on a 35-2 vote. It would make it illegal to sell, possess or … read more.

Cesar Chavez gets Navy funeral honors 22 years after death
Fri  Apr 24 2015 01:19AM
KEENE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors rendered belatedly for Cesar Chavez, the legendary rights and labor leader but also a Navy veteran. On the 22nd anniversary of his death, Chavez received full graveside honors from … read more.

EU leaders commit ships, aid for action on Med migrants
Fri  Apr 24 2015 01:19AM
BRUSSELS (AP) — Late to the rescue, European leaders came through Thursday with pledges of big ships, aircraft and a tripling in funds to save lives in the Mediterranean after the deaths at sea of more than 1,300 migrants over … read more.

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