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Boys and Girls Club Grand Opening Oct. 26

The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Joe L. Saunders Boys and Girls Club is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. The Club is located within the Gibbons Street Elementary... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event Oct. 24

A household hazardous waste collection event is planned for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 24 at Bartow Senior High. Polk County, the City of Bartow and Keep Polk County Beautiful... — Updated 10/23/2020

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City Approves Oct. 31 for Trick or Treating

The Bartow City Commission set 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 as the official date and time for Halloween trick-or-treating. Citizens are encouraged to adhere to safety protocols.... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Bartow Library Reopens to Public

The Bartow Public Library reopened to the public Oct. 21. Masks are required to enter the building, however, curbside service is still available as an alternative. To encourage... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Drop Off Excess Prescription Drugs Oct. 24

Medications may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Bartow Police Department, 450 N. Broadway Ave. The drop-off is in conjunction with the federal Drug... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Bartow Police Earn Accreditation

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) voted unanimously to award the Bartow Police Department with Accreditation status, with full compliance.... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Boy Scouts Recognize Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Grady Judd

The Boy Scouts of America's regional Greater Tampa Bay Area Council will honor local sheriff's offices with Participating Citizenship Awards in a series of virtual events from Oct.... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Church Service Center Volunteers Distribute Food

Community volunteers twice a month are handing out food at the Church Service Center in Bartow. This program happens the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Next month will... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Bartow Police Welcome Officer Valerio

The Bartow Police Department welcomed new Officer Anthony Valerio, with a small swearing-in ceremony Oct. 19. Officer Valerio was joined by his Mother, who pinned his badge, his... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Sorority Delivers Educator Boxes for Adopt-A-School Initiative

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is a community conscious, action oriented organization. The Gamma Phi Zeta Chapter of Polk County, through service within the community and the... — Updated 10/23/2020

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1,000 Minutes

Over the course of my life, I have heard many people say something along the lines of "time flies." The older I get, the faster time does seem to "fly by." For the sake of my young... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Enrollment for the Spring 2021 Semester at Polk State Begins Oct. 26

Enrollment for Polk State College's Spring Semester will begin on Monday, Oct. 26 with priority registration for students who have completed at least 50 percent of their program... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Debra Smith Wright, 1953-2020

Debra Smith Wright, a beloved educator and mother, whose legacy is the countless minds she opened and hearts she touched, transitioned on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. She was 67. Born... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Charles Loyd, 1951-2020

Charles Loyd, age 69, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 at his home in Bartow. Born October 9, 1951 in Cairo, GA, he was the son of the late Early Birdie and Agnes F. (Maloy)... — Updated 10/23/2020

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George Simon Jr., 1930-2020

George Simon, Jr., age 90, of Bartow died Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland. He was born April 3, 1930. He was a member of the Mt. Gilboa... — Updated 10/23/2020

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