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Wave the banner
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
Over the past week to week-and-a-half, new, colorful banners have begun being noticed, attached to street lamps in both downtown Bartow and other sections of the city. It is a … read more.
A Cutch cut
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
Fort Meade’s most famous hair is no longer. Andrew McCutchen has cut off his trademark dreadlocks for charity. The locks are being auctioned off on and the proceeds will … read more.
Writing tests thwarted by computer glitches
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
Last week wasn’t a bed of roses for many Polk County students faced with state mandated computer based tests who had to deal with myriad computer glitches before they could … read more.
Youth Villa open house to draw hundreds
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
Next Saturday, March 14, hundreds of visitors will head to the Sheriff’s Youth Villa on State Road 60, east of Bartow, for the residential site’s annual open house. Founded in … read more.
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If Florida citrus needs a hero, it needs one right now
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
A month after posting the best results in seven months, U.S. orange juice sales posted its biggest decline in nearly three years. The disappointing sales results came just before the Citrus Department announced the release of the second issue of … read more.

Clerk’s office earns first accreditation
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:30AM
Polk County Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield reports the Clerk’s Department of Inspector General earned its first accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The CFA approved the accreditation in its most recent in Daytona Beach last month. … read more.

Student creates award-winning invention
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
Christian Herman, 13, is proof that innovation can occur at any age. The Lakeland Christian School seventh grader has invented a pencil grip that helps children improve their handwriting skills — and he’s done it with a little help from … read more.

More than 100 have reunion in Homeland
Wed  Apr 1 2015 08:30AM
More than 100 present and former residents of the tiny Homeland hamlet south of Bartow got together Saturday to relive the past and look into the future during the small community’s 33rd annual reunion. The fellowship hall of First Baptist … read more.

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US stocks ease for 2nd day
Thu  Apr 2 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A batch of discouraging economic news deepened investors’ concerns about corporate earnings, pulling major U.S. stock indexes down on Wednesday for the second day in a row. The modest slide cut the Standard & Poor’s 500 … read more.

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges
Thu  Apr 2 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend … read more.

Meet the world’s newest oldest person
Thu  Apr 2 2015 01:19AM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas woman who became the world’s oldest person Wednesday wants President Barack Obama to attend her 117th birthday party this Fourth of July. At 116, Gertrude Weaver was already the oldest person in America. With … read more.

Duke University investigates noose on campus
Thu  Apr 2 2015 01:19AM
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke officials said Wednesday that they are trying to find out who hung a noose outside a building that houses several offices, including those focused on diversity. Officials say the rope tied into a noose was … read more.

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