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Police Chief Hall's Resignation Not Because of Controversy

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall's decision to resign is not at all as portrayed by the May 13 Ledger/News Chief article penned by Kimberly C. Moore, according to both... — Updated 5/21/2020

Bomb Threat Forces Blockade of Downtown Streets

The Polk County Sheriff's Office cordoned off a section of streets in downtown Bartow near the county courthouse Wednesday March 20 due to a reported bomb threat. The streets... — Updated 5/20/2020

Polk CARES 2020 Funding - Get Your Documents Ready!

Polk County's Board of County Commissioners has approved a plan that will help residents and small business owners left struggling financially from COVID-19 pandemic layoffs and... — Updated 5/20/2020

Technical Issues Momentarily Delay Start of City Commission Meeting

Due to the necessity of working out the technical difficulties of the May 18 Bartow City Commission agenda meeting, in which several commissioners, as well as the city manager,... — Updated 5/20/2020

Bartow Inches Back to Second Place in Census Response

After dropping to as low as fourth place, the City of Bartow has inched its way back into second place in the census challenge, lagging behind Polk City, which has maintained its... — Updated 5/20/2020

Bomb Threat to PCSO Booking Center Comes from Orlando

At approximately 6:35 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, an unknown caller contacted the Polk County Sheriff's Office Booking facility located at 455 N. Broadway, Bartow. The caller said... — Updated 5/22/2020

Please Support Local Restaurants

During these trying times when businesses are struggling to reinvent themselves to adhere to both Governor decrees and social norms as well as keeping six feet between employees,... — Updated 5/22/2020

Bok Tower Gardens to Reopen June 1

To provide the community with a beautiful destination for healthy walks and mental well-being, Bok Tower Gardens is reopening to the public on Monday, June 1, with timed entry. A... — Updated 5/20/2020

You Load Nearly 11,000 Pounds of Food, What Do You Get...?

You get gratitude, smiles, and in some cases, tears. And granted, like the Tennessee Ernie Ford classic song "Sixteen Tons," the people in vehicles that lined up this past... — Updated 5/20/2020

Bartow Kiwanis Club Update

President Nick Zbrzenznj will be sending out information on the Zoom meeting that will take place noon, Friday, May 21. If you want to participate but don't know how to do Zoom,... — Updated 5/20/2020

The Sign Said: If You Ate Today, Thank a Farmer

I am so blessed to live in such a wonderful and diverse state. Not only do we get to boast about being the happiest place on earth because Disney World is not too far down the... — Updated 5/21/2020

EDITORIAL: It's a Narrow Tightrope, That's For Sure

By now, many have been made aware of BartowNews.net, returning a "newspaper" dedicated to news and events taking place in Bartow; something that has been keenly lacking since 2016,... — Updated 5/22/2020

Rethinking Some Things

Each week, this segment will offer a word of encouragement from pastors who lead churches in Bartow. This week's message is from the Rev. Jim Hatch, pastor of First Presbyterian... — Updated 5/20/2020

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