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Brown Festival to let the good times roll
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:00AM
While this year’s annual L.B. Brown Heritage Festival will take in a taste of New Orleans, there will be plenty to learn about as well as the fun and games, … read more.
American hero honored
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:00AM
In recalling his father’s life in the years he’s known him, Jerome Corbett called J.J. Corbett a consummate gentlemen. “Never have I heard him curse. Never have I heard him … read more.
Parking at Farmers Market a concern
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:00AM
A problem with parking on West Main Street adjacent to Fort Blount Park has the potential of shutting down the Wednesday farmers market, according to Vice Mayor Trish Pfeiffer, who … read more.
SyFy Bartow to contest you
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:00AM
On Feb. 20 you will see people strolling Main Street looking like aliens, superheroes and cosplayers and if only seeing them one time isn’t enough, get out to Fun Friday … read more.
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Chalkboard special
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:00AM
Pizza, green beans, applesauce, the lunch menu at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School was pretty routine last Friday. But the school helped cook up something super special for third-grader Jayda Miller. It was a normal day for the youngster, … read more.

Two qualify for District 3 city commission seat
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:00AM
On Friday, Feb. 5, W.H. “Bill” Simpson officially announced his candidacy for the District Three seat on the Bartow City Commission. Simpson is a retired senior executive in the phosphate who now works as a business development consultant. Simpson served … read more.

Currently no need to panic in Polk re: Zika
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:00AM
In light of Florida’s governor last week urging caution and a health emergency declared in four counties in Florida because of the Zika virus, the fear of it is not at the top level in the state. The mosquito — … read more.

More than 50 take on obstacles
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:00AM
More than 50 people braved a bit of cooler weather on Saturday to take part in the fourth annual Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run that had them take on a 2.7-mile course through Mosaic and Mary Holland Parks. Among the … read more.

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Bill requiring unanimous verdict for death penalty advances
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday. The Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee passed its version of a bill … read more.

Senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Sen. Bill Nelson has called … read more.

2015 sets record for shark attacks
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE (AP) — Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. Scientists say the previous record was 88 attacks in 2000. International … read more.

Glass art worth $25,000 recovered
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — A piece of stolen glass art by artist Dale Chihuly worth as much as $25,000 has been recovered. St. Petersburg police said in a news release that an employee of the Morean Arts Center discovered a … read more.

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