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Tax-free weekend
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:00AM
On Aug. 18, an estimated 90,000 Polk County students will head back to school and for parents or guardians outfitting their student, this weekend is the time to shop for … read more.
A new start
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:00AM
It looked like a ragtag bunch of kids playing with musical instruments, but in just a few weeks, it will be a precision marching team, standing tall and playing the … read more.
Chalet swamped with business in final days
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:00AM
It is definite. The Chalet Suzanne will absolutely close for good within the next several weeks. “August 10 is absolutely the last day,” said Denise Hinshaw, owner with her husband, … read more.
A night about a nurse
Wed  Jul 30 2014 01:00AM
Even though “The King” died 37 years ago, to some die-hard fans and the woman who nursed him the last two and a half years of his life, he still lives … read more.
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Commissioners OK proposed budget
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
On Monday, July 21, city commissioners approved the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget during a workshop session, but it was not without some passionate arguments that sometimes strayed from discussion on the budget to what had been discussed earlier in … read more.

Group thinks Lions
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
According to Carl Harrell, the effort to re-establish the Lions Club in Bartow appears to have found an enthusiastic response from The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, as well as from the Fire Department and others. Harrell, along with Judy … read more.

BMS safer and secure
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
When Bartow Middle School students return to class in a month, they will see that their school on Clower Street has had a facelift. The concrete pavement walkways at the school’s front will have all been replaced, dated facades removed … read more.

After all these years ...
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
It has been 50 years since they graduated from high school and nearly three-quarters of the students who got their diplomas will be in town this weekend for the golden anniversary of their graduation. On top of that, the annual … read more.

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State, National and World News
Ooh la la! Rats at the Louvre in Paris
Tue  Jul 29 2014 10:30PM
PARIS — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has … read more.

US, Europe impose tough sanctions on Russia
Tue  Jul 29 2014 10:30PM
WASHINGTON — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion … read more.

Medicaid expansion endorsed
Tue  Jul 29 2014 10:30PM
FORT LAUDERDALE — The powerful Florida Medical Association has come out in support of expanding Medicaid to roughly 1 million Floridians, choosing sides in a controversial political issue that has divided state lawmakers. The organization passed a resolution at its … read more.

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule
Tue  Jul 29 2014 10:30PM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on … read more.

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