No Changes in Census Challenge Rankings

It appears as if Bartow, mired in fourth place, may not crack itself back into third place before the Community Census Challenge ends. Even so, it's been an interesting ride that... — Updated 10/7/2020

Register for Oct. 13 Bartow Justice and Equity Virtual Town Meeting

Anyone interested in viewing and/or participating in the Oct. 13 virtual Justice and Equity town hall meeting starting 6 p.m., which will be hosted by Commissioner Leo Longworth,... — Updated 10/7/2020

Three Ways to Vote in Nov. 3 General Election

Polk County voters have three easy ways to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election, according to Supervisor of Elections, Lori Edwards. 1. At your Precinct. Polling locations will be... — Updated 10/7/2020

Where to Eat in Bartow

Bedrock Wings of Bartow 175 E. Main St. Ph. 863-537-6164 Mon.-Tues. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Full menu.... — Updated 10/7/2020

Bartow Chamber Update

Over the past six months, all of us have been affected by Covid 19 in some way, and I believe all of you would agree that no one was prepared for a crisis of this magnitude,... — Updated 10/7/2020

Peterson Cleaners Still Serving in New Location

Nugget of News from Live & Love Local... Want to give a BIG "Shout Out" to Peterson Cleaners and Randy and Ruth Peterson. A long time small business here in our little city... — Updated 10/12/2020


New Leader at Circle of Friends Answered God's Call to Serve

Crystal Higbee gave up a good job as a surgical tech to answer a special calling to become president of Circle of Friends Ministry. Higbee admits like in the story of Jonah and the... — Updated 10/7/2020

Heartland for Children's 16th Annual Rudolph Round-Up Toy Drive

The holidays are right around the corner and you can help make incredible holiday memories for over 1,500 local children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. Heartland for... — Updated 10/7/2020

Bartow Kiwanis Update - week of Oct. 5

Greetings, Kiwanians, This week: October Speaker Coordinator James Clements and Speaker Chair Sarah Case have pulled out all the stops to bring you . . . we're not sure yet. Our... — Updated 10/7/2020

Goodbye, Bartow, and Thank You

"Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December/But the days grow short when you reach September And the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame/And I haven't got time for the... — Updated 10/7/2020

Jeff Glass, 1930-2020

Jeff T. Glass, age 90, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at his home in Bartow. Born March 3, 1930 in Sunflower, MS, he was the son of the late James A. and Molly (Horsley)... — Updated 10/7/2020

Michael Gudgen, 1977-2020

Michael S. Gudgen, age 43, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at his home in Lake Wales. Michael was born on May 20, 1977 in Bartow. He is survived by a loving family that... — Updated 10/7/2020

Willadean Walsh, 1938-2020

Willadean Walsh, age 82, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. She was born September 3, 1938 in Metropolis, IL. Willadean and her family moved to Bartow in 1974 from Muscotine, IA,... — Updated 10/7/2020

Jesse Roop, 1939-2020

Jesse L. Roop, age 81, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Winter Haven. He was born August 21, 1939 in Richmond, VA, the son of the late Edward and Hattie (Keaton) Roop. Jesse... — Updated 10/9/2020

Fredrick Wayne Ford, 1952-2020

Fredrick Wayne Ford, age 67, of Bartow, FL, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born Dec. 15, 1952. He is survived by his wife: Diane Betard... — Updated 10/9/2020

Sheila Kaye Means, 1969-2020

Sheila Kaye Means, age 51, passed away Sept. 28, 2020 at her home in Bartow. She was born September 19, 1969 in Lakeland. She was most recently a nanny. She enjoyed drawing, being... — Updated 10/7/2020

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