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16 honored by alliance
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
Sixteen Polk County high school seniors were feted Saturday and received college scholarships at the annual Deacons and Stewards Alliance annual banquet held at the Carver Recreation Center in Bartow. … read more.
Pot plant getting ready to grow
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
A plan to grow medical marijuana in a sprawling, empty Lake Wales building complex is apparently very much back on, after it appeared to be a no go last fall … read more.
Reptiles at the library
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM

Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
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Holiday closings
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
Bartow City Hall: Closed Friday, July 3 Bartow Public Library: Closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 Bartow garbage collection: Monday’s and Tuesday’s schedules will remain the same. Thursday’s collection will be on Wednesday. Friday’s collection will be on … read more.

Luster students graduate
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
Eleven women on Friday completed what can be a golden opportunity with their lives as they earned state certificates from the Luster All Training Center of Hope. “This is a golden opportunity for anyone,” Rolliee Arnold, a community care director … read more.

JAMFEST
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
On Saturday, six Christian rock bands rocked the park on Floral Avenue as One Jam Nation kicked off a fundraiser tour of concerts to raise money for what can only be described as a gospel Woodstock scheduled next August in … read more.

Much construction gets three-day holiday weekend
Wed  Jul 1 2015 08:30AM
On State Road 60 from Flamingo Drive to Connersville Road in Bartow crews are driving pile or bridge supports, building a temporary trestlework platform, and installing concrete gravity walls and driveways. There will be intermittent delays, eastbound daytime lane closures … read more.

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State, National and World News
Hot dog king eats to keep title today
Fri  Jul 3 2015 09:28PM
(CNN) — When it comes to the world of competitive eating, it’s feast or famine, eat or be eaten. And not to rub salt in wounds, when it comes to making mincemeat of the competition, American Joey Chestnut is still … read more.

Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts
Sat  Jul 4 2015 01:19AM
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would … read more.

Estate of ‘Untouchables’ Ness in legal fight over old stock
Sat  Jul 4 2015 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — A legal fight is brewing in Florida between the estate of “Untouchables” Prohibition agent Eliot Ness and an Ohio company over some long-undiscovered stock that apparently belonged to Ness and may be worth more than $1 million. … read more.

Serial stowaway wannabe released from jail
Sat  Jul 4 2015 01:19AM
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes around the country has been released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago, insisting she’s through with her run of stowaway attempts. “I feel free as a … read more.

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