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Four charter school applications shot down
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
The Polk County School Board’s charter review committee shot down four applications for new charter schools, most in Northeast Polk County, while three applicants withdrew their applications before they could … read more.
Traviss has come a long way
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
Things have changed, from an agricultural and mechanical focus to today’s high tech world, through it all Traviss Career Center has kept up with the times and Thursday celebrated 50 … read more.
Loving heart saving dogs from miserable life
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
For Tammy Hyde, the sight is often heartbreaking. A postal carrier whose route encompasses the western part of Bartow, she often sees a number of dogs living in less than … read more.
Street under pressure, closed to traffic
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
The a portion of the street that runs in front of Stephens Elementary School is closed to traffic as part of the culvert crossing has formed cracks and is indented. … read more.
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Rain no deterrent
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
Despite the inclement weather, almost all of the nearly 200 people who registered to participate in this year’s Tour de Tow did. “We only had about 10 people cancel,” said Jennifer Daniels who, alongside Mikel Dorminy, was busy taking down … read more.

An event for pampering
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
Belk Citi Centre Sunday was full of people and pink at the Seventh Annual Pampering Event. There was no push to raise money. It was for comfort and learning for breast cancer and other cancer patients. “This is strictly about … read more.

1,500 lose power Saturday
Wed  Sep 24 2014 08:00AM
The score was Florida 14, Alabama 14, in the second quarter Saturday and the Gators knew they had a hill to climb in order to beat the third-ranked team in the nation. Then some homes and businesses in Bartow went … read more.

Check out this stuff
Sat  Sep 27 2014 08:00AM
Want to see the nicest house that the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland said she ever lived in? You have the opportunity to do so on Saturday as there is an auction going on at 502 N. Crooked Lake Drive in … read more.

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State, National and World News
Afghan president sworn in
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United … read more.

US stocks head lower, following drops overseas
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns over high stock prices and global politics continued to plague markets Monday as major stock indexes ended with slight losses in another day of choppy trading. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major world financial … read more.

Warming clues mount
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. Researchers found that climate change increased the odds of nine extremes: Heat … read more.

Dozens of possible jurors rejected in Arias sentencing trial
Tue  Sep 30 2014 01:19AM
PHOENIX (AP) — Roughly a third of 200 potential jurors were dismissed Monday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after telling a judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial … read more.

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