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Long detour coming
Sat  Aug 23 2014 08:00AM
In about a month, motorists whose travels takes them through Mulberry on State Road 60 will find they have to take the scenic route around roadwork — specifically, a 15-mile … read more.
Five win Emerging Leaders awards
Sat  Aug 23 2014 08:00AM
The future of Polk County’s business and educational environments, as well as overall, is in capable hands, according to statements made by more than one presenter at the Polk Emerging … read more.
Man shot in Mary Holland Park
Sat  Aug 23 2014 08:00AM
A 31-year-old Bartow man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the stomach he suffered Wednesday in Mary Holland Park. Following the shooting of John Walters, 31, of 540 Hobart … read more.
Penny for the roads
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Though people won’t be voting on the penny sales tax at the primary election next week, Tom Phillips will be one of dozens of people at Thursday’s Straw Poll at … read more.
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FPRA chapter wins two awards
Sat  Aug 23 2014 08:00AM
The Dick Pope/Polk County chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association earned two major awards and three of its members made their mark in the Golden Image awards competition at FPRA’s 76th annual conference in Orlando. The Dick Pope/Polk County … read more.

Still in business
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Less than eight months after a fire burned out her business. Terrie Lobb is back at the Bartow Health Center. The return of Terrie Lobb Catering will be celebrated 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22, with a grand reopening. “We are … read more.

Wabash may be closed for 6 months
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Much of what was discussed at the Monday, Aug. 18 city commission work session revolved around the work that may and most likely will be needed on the wastewater transmission line that runs beneath Wabash Street. The road is closed … read more.

‘Gift to the world’
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Fireworks, purple sails, politicians and educators all were headliners at Saturday’s launch of Florida’s 12th university — Florida Polytechnic — located in north Polk County. Amon those attending the ‘Launch’ were Gov. Rick Scott, Commissioner of Agriculture (and Bartow’s favorite … read more.

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Stocks go mostly lower
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in … read more.

West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a “direct … read more.

What happens in Ferguson if no charges?
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if … read more.

Hamas executes 18 suspected informers to deter leaks
Sat  Aug 23 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely … read more.

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