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 By Steve Steiner    News

Dog Park Now Open

Shortly before the scheduled 7:30 a.m. soft opening, Ed and Dianne Knox and Bailey Anne, their two-year-old beagle-hound mix, were the first to arrive at the new dog park. Dianne... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Edwards Blows Out Hannifan for Supervisor of Elections; Townsend Unseated

With all 167 precincts, early votes and mail in ballots tallied, Lori Edwards has coasted to another term in office, an indication that voters are pleased with how she is running... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Voices

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

 By Steve Steiner    News

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

 By Steve Steiner    News

Second Fall Festival Well-Attended

If the turnout on the downtown Fall Festival held Saturday, Sept. 26 is any indicator, life slowly appears to be returning to pre-COVID-19 days. That's when people took to downtown... — Updated 10/1/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Commissioners Approve $133 Million Budget

The agenda for the Sept. 22 City Commission regular meeting was slight, and with no citizens present for the meeting which was also available for viewing and participation via... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Business

Wild at Heart Now Open for Business

For years Theresa Wilson had a dream, to open her own store. "Rick and I talked about it for years," she said of the numerous discussions between she and her husband. But there... — Updated 9/23/2020 Full story

 By Steve Steiner    News

Time Running Out to Be Counted in Census

Unless the courts rule otherwise, the 2020 Census count draws to a close Sept. 30, a month ahead of the original October 31 date, due to the pandemic. If you haven't already... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Food Truck, Other Ordinances, Resolutions Get OK; Millage Rate Unchanged

A request by Front Page Brewing Company owners Bill and Johnnie Levin, 190 S. Florida Ave., for a proposed change was approved in a first reading and consideration by a 5-0 roll... — Updated 9/17/2020 Full story

 By Steve Steiner    News

Reflection Pool Gone

The reflection pool at Fort Blount Park is no more, as work to demolish it commenced at the beginning of the week. Despite protestations from a number of people who believed the... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Is Fourth Place to be Bartow's Final Standing in Census Challenge?

For the past several months, Bartow has been in fourth place in the weekly Community Census Challenge. When the census ends, will it be there, or can it rally and climb back into... — Updated 9/3/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Lightning Strikes Church

Community Christian Church, 820 W. Stuart St., was struck by lightning, which literally fried the building electrical system during a late afternoon thunderstorm Saturday. As the... — Updated 8/31/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Business

Construction on Aldi On Schedule

Matt Thon, the Haines City division vice president for ALDI agreed to answer questions re: the Bartow ALDI store currently under construction. Q1: At what stage of progress is... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Business

September Opening for Jimmy's Famous Seafood

Currently, the restaurant, which formerly housed Curly Tails BBQ, is undergoing renovations, and while the projected opening for Jimmy's Seafood Restaurant is slated for Sept. 1,... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Bartow Chamber Executive Director Resigns

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, an email from Kathryn Bevilacqua-Ely was sent to, parent company of In it, Bevilacqua-Ely announced her resignation as... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Chamber Turns to Previous Executive Director

"She got a terrific offer. It was something she couldn't turn down," said Jeff Clark, speaking about Kathryn Bevilacqua-Ely, who succeeded him at the beginning of this year as... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Signs Spring Up Promoting Census

The push is on, getting people to fill out the census if they haven't already. Because of the pandemic, it recently was announced that the census taking would end a month early, at... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Voting Steady at Polling Place

Voters were already present when the polling station at the Bartow Civic Center opened at 7 a.m. (and will remain open until 7 p.m.), according to Wendy Grice. Grice, who has been... — Updated 8/18/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Voices

These are the Candidates I Endorse and Why

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: These endorsements represent the personal viewpoint of Executive Editor Steve Steiner. Publisher Chevon Baccus is declining to endorse but hopeful... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Justice and Equality Community Town Hall Covers Familiar Territory

Although it got off to a slightly late start as technical difficulties were being ironed out, the virtual town hall that focused solely on race relations garnered a following of app... — Updated 8/13/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Community Census Challenge Rankings Unchanged

Once again, Davenport sits atop the list of the 17 incorporated towns and cities of Polk County, with a 64.5 percent response rate. It is followed by Polk City, at 63.9 percent,... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Steve Steiner    Schools

COVID-19 Re-opening of Schools Contentious

The Aug. 11 Polk County Public School Board meeting featured only two agenda items: updates on COVID-19, and following its lunch break, the search for a new superintendent. As has c... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Polk City Dislodged in Census Challenge

Hold onto your hats! The unimaginable has happened! As the headline reads, Polk City's tenure being in first place has ended . . . at least for this week, anyway. But before we... — Updated 8/6/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Couple Present Plaque to Bartow Police Department

For the second time in as many weeks, Paula and Jerry Goodrich have presented a plaque of appreciation, this time to the Bartow Police Department, which was accepted by interim... — Updated 7/31/2020

 By Steve Steiner    News

Bartow Mired in Fourth Place in Census Challenge

The good news is that almost all communities in Polk County (as well as across the state and nation) are showing increased responses in the 2020 Census Challenge. Locally, Bartow... — Updated 7/31/2020


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