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Community funding questioned
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
Concern that they may not get as much financial help in the future from the Community Redevelopment Agency, several community partners came to Wednesday’s meeting to hear about their future … read more.
BHS student shoots for excellence
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
When you meet 17-year-old Bartow High School senior Courtney Lamoureaux, you don’t think “Army” or “NFL.” You think petite and pretty. All that is changed now. She’s all about Army … read more.
City seeks $84K grant to improve handicap access
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
Commissioners approved a request Monday to apply for a grant that will improve handicap access on city streets and sidewalks. The $84,852 grant will be used in the Fiscal Year … read more.
Martin meets new teammates
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
If all goes according to plan, Bartow High School baseball standout Matt Martin is spending this afternoon getting acquainted with some new teammates. Matt recently signed his letter of intent … read more.
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Mail carrier saves second life
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The quote by Herodotus, made in 503 B.C.E., and inscribed on the General Post Office facility on 33rd Street … read more.

Water plant to supply 4 million gallons a day
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Polk County recently took the first step toward the construction of a new $25 million water treatment plant that will consolidate five water service locales into one state-of-the-art plant just off U.S. 17 near Gordonville. The Polk Board of County … read more.

Woman dies in wreck on MLK Boulevard near tracks
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Saturday’s fatality on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in east Bartow wasn’t totally unexpected for one couple that lives on the street. Meshay Lott and Richard Thomas, who live at 1610 MLK on Saturday said — just hours after a … read more.

Library volunteers luncheon fun, interesting
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Rhoda Whitten looked on with amazement at the Bartow Public Library’s 3D printer, which was on display in the upstairs reception room. She, along with more than 40 others, were present for the annual luncheon held in honor of the … read more.

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State, National and World News
Mustafa Akinci elected leader of breakaway Turkish Cypriots
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:59PM
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Mustafa Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, has been elected as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus. Akinci handily defeated hard-line encumbent … read more.

3 young women jailed in Russia for twerking
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:59PM
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in southern Russia has sentenced one teenager to 15 days in jail and two young women to 10 days for twerking next to a World War II memorial. Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the … read more.

More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:58PM
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The official number of dead from Saturday’s Himalayan earthquake has topped 2,500 and may continue to rise as remote areas near the epicenter are searched. Nepal authorities said Sunday that at least 2,430 people in that … read more.

’Batman’ killer studied brain disorders before mass murder
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:58PM
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes was becoming unhinged in the months before he dressed in a gas mask and body armor and began shooting at a packed midnight “Batman” premiere. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old neuroscience graduate student told a … read more.

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