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Cranking down the radio
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
It was not too loud in the Polk County Commission chambers on Tuesday when commissioners heard citizens complain about loud radios and how it affects their quality of life. In … read more.
High schoolers help fire department
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
Today, Saturday, Dec. 20, the Bartow Fire Department will conduct its annual toy distribution drive. Loaded up with toys with Santa in tow, members of the fire department and volunteers … read more.
Baby hospitalized after fall
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
A 10-week-old baby is now at Tampa General Hospital, suffering from a fractured skull (unconfirmed), the result of a fall from a shopping cart. The incident began unfolding at approximately … read more.
Not a happy Christmas
Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM
What could possible be among the best ideas for Christmas shopping? To two Lake Wales residents with robbery convictions on their records, it is stealing from Walmart. Despite the plan … read more.
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Sat  Dec 20 2014 08:30AM

Santa, venison and families meet
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Chilly weather set the scene perfectly for Thursday evening’s chili supper and photo ops with that special North Pole visitor for dozens of children and their families at Bartow’s Main Street Baptist Church. The brainchild of the church’s outreach coordinator … read more.

Minority hiring broadened
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
While more Polk County minority students are enrolling in advanced placement classes, the Polk County School Board is still trying to recruit more black and Hispanic teachers and administrators, to move the county toward parity in that arena. Based on … read more.

Party for the Jackets
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Not long ago, the Bartow High School Yellow Jacket football team was wrapping up its 2014 season with a final game in the state playoffs. The culmination of a season that can be considered one of the better outings of … read more.

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Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage
Mon  Dec 22 2014 01:19AM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said. “Quite a few suspects who were facilitators in one way or the … read more.

Entrepreneur builds a sleek ship, but will anyone buy it?
Mon  Dec 22 2014 01:19AM
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Even on land, the Ghost looks futuristic and fast. The angular vessel looks like a waterborne stealth fighter. It rides atop underwater torpedo-shaped tubes powered by a pair of 2,000-horsepower gas turbine engines. Gyroscopes keep the … read more.

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars
Mon  Dec 22 2014 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they’ll know whether “driverless” vehicles are safe. It’s a … read more.

Iraqi Kurds push into contested northern town
Mon  Dec 22 2014 01:19AM
MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months. The battle … read more.

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