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Northern plans nearly complete
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Polk County is busy wrapping up deals with property owners and the state to launch construction of the $33 million Bartow Northern Connector Phase II next summer. Plans for the … read more.
Dutch students enjoyed Bartow life
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Mary Holland Park was filled with teen laughter, good food and a smattering of Dutch Thursday. Dutch you say? Yes, Dutch. It was a farewell send-off for 24 Dutch exchange … read more.
Best-selling writer storms into library
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
A New York Times best-selling author walked a handful of fans through a ‘memory lane’ tour of locations featured in his off-beat, comic- drama-mystery books at the Bartow Public Library … read more.
Bloomin’ Arts Festival art piece selected
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Deanne Norris of Alturas is this year’s winner of the T-shirt and poster contest for the upcoming Bloomin’ Arts Festival, which will be held in March 2015 and is the … read more.
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Jackets drop game in fourth quarter
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
Three quarters were not enough for the Bartow Yellow Jackets Friday night. BHS stymied unbeaten Lakeland through the first half, but the offense had just one successful drive on the night and the Dreadnaughts beat the Yellow Jackets 35-7 at … read more.

Speaker by surprise
Tue  Oct 21 2014 11:31AM
As a politician and former school board member, Bartow’s J.J. Corbett often finds himself making impromptu speeches, but recently he was called on to deliver one for which he was completely unprepared. At the fall reunion of the ‘Triple Nickles,’ … read more.

Business excellence celebrated
Tue  Oct 21 2014 11:31AM
(Editor’s note: Photos of this year’s Champions Cup winners will appear in the Wednesday, Oct. 22 edition of The Polk County Democrat.) One of the more anticipated ceremonies that takes place each year in Bartow is the Annual Champions Cup … read more.

The Champions Cup winners
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM

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Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:19AM
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, more than half the beds in treatment centers in the capital remain empty because of the government’s order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in … read more.

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:19AM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to set their new greenhouse gas emissions plan are facing staunch opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their economies would suffer from the new target. … read more.

Fuel costs ease, US airline profits soar
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:19AM
DALLAS (AP) — Saving a nickel or a dime per gallon might not seem like much to the average motorist, but for airlines that burn hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel every month, it adds up quickly. Profits are … read more.

Senators ask gov’t for nationwide air bag recall
Fri  Oct 24 2014 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high … read more.

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