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Scary storytellers bring darkness and laughs
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:16PM
It may have been difficult figuring out who had more fun this past Friday at the Bartow Public Library’s Friday Night Ghost Stories event: Guests, storytellers, or host, Diane Townsend. … read more.
Whip Cracking Contest
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:16PM
Top yard
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:12PM
Breast cancer walk Saturday
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:14PM
On Saturday, there will be hundreds of people in pink walking around the Mosaic Park area as the Making Strides Against Cancer walk returns. So far the Making Strides in … read more.
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Friday Fest full of Halloween this week
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:14PM
Select the pumpkin, sharpen your carving tools and you can enter the debut of Pumpkins In The Park on Friday, a fundraiser by the Bartow International Baccalaureate. The event is planned at Fort Blount Park, at the corner of Main … read more.

Parents: Bring back recess
Mon  Oct 12 2015 01:36PM
The Polk County School Board is looking at how to restore recess to the county’s elementary schools after the Tuesday board meeting where a dozen mothers petitioned the board to give their kids at least 20 minutes of free time … read more.

Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:14PM
Wednesday, Oct. 14 Polk State College Open House, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Attendees will complete applications to the college, learn about academic programs and meet faculty members, meet with representatives from Student Financial Services and receive help in completing the FAFSA, learn … read more.

Learning Resource Center celebrates 40 years
Tue  Oct 13 2015 01:10PM
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Learning Resource Center of Polk County Inc. The history of Polk County’s premier provider of customized academic opportunities dates back to 1975 when the Junior League of Greater Lakeland Inc. founded the … read more.

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Pumpkins available for Halloween but maybe not Thanksgiving
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:06PM
NEOGA, Ill. (AP) — There should be enough pumpkins for Halloween this year, but that might not be the case for the canned pumpkin used in pies come Thanksgiving, according to crop experts in Illinois, the country’s top pumpkin-producing state. … read more.

IS advances near Syria’s Aleppo despite Russian strikes
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
By ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants captured a string of villages near Aleppo on Friday in a lightning attack that brought them closer to the prized city in northern Syria, despite a … read more.

Farmers look at devastating losses as flood rolls downstream
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
BRANCHVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Thad Wimberly tugs on a clump of peanuts, shaking off the mud as he cracks the soggy shells to inspect his crop. But all he can do is sigh as his livelihood disintegrates between his fingers. … read more.

Hungarian president warns about migration’s security aspect
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
BALATONFURED, Hungary (AP) — Solidarity with refugees escaping war must not overshadow concerns about human trafficking and the threat from extremists, Hungary’s president said Friday. While “the humanitarian aspects are very important, especially with the coming winter ... we would … read more.

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