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Cheerleaders find new opportunity
Sat  May 23 2015 12:20AM
The Bartow High School cafeteria provided the backdrop as four members of the Class of 2015 took their seats before family and friends. The honored guests each had a single … read more.
WWII veteran buried after cremation
Sat  May 23 2015 12:20AM
A World War II veteran has finally been put to rest following his death and cremation five years ago. The remains of Willard Holbert, an 87-year-old WWII Navy veteran from … read more.
Day of freedom marked
Sat  May 23 2015 12:20AM
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” Those were the words said Wednesday said by Myrtice Young, the historic preservation manager of … read more.
First million spent on Outpost plan
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
Almost one million down, $83 million to go. The first improvement to the current Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area, which is expected to eventually transform into the Fort Meade Historic … read more.
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Vetter to be honored Thursday
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
From 5-7 p.m., Thursday, the public will celebrate Dr. Edwin Vetter’s contributions to Bartow High School’s International Baccalaureate program and his retirement from the school after spending nearly 45 years in classrooms. Vetter was the founding father of the IB … read more.

Speaker takes bite out of alligators
Wed  May 20 2015 08:30AM
As a rule, most keynote speakers at weekly Bartow Kiwanis Club luncheons represent organizations that are devoted to bettering the lives of those who live in Bartow and Polk County. That usually means an address to members and guests that … read more.

That’s the Spirit!
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
Everyday heroes. They are those who, every year since 1975, are designated by The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce as “Spirit of Bartow” recipients. While some of them have indeed done heroic acts of valor, many of them have been … read more.

Promise of Freedom
Sat  May 23 2015 12:20AM

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Walmart presses meat suppliers on antibiotics, treatment
Fri  May 22 2015 10:08PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart, the nation’s largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. That means asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others … read more.

Oil makes stocks slide slightly
Fri  May 22 2015 10:08PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Major indexes fell from the start on Friday as oil drillers and other energy-related companies followed oil prices lower. Stocks spent much of … read more.

Oil pipeline leaks on rise
Fri  May 22 2015 10:08PM
The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual number of … read more.

ISIS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists
Fri  May 22 2015 10:06PM
BEIRUT — Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday. The … read more.

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