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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


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


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


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


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


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


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 Sch... — Updated 10/23/2020


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

 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


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


18 Mobile Voter Registration Sites on Saturday, Oct. 3

The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 3 General Election is Monday, Oct. 5, and the Polk County Elections Office will be offering voter registration services around the... — Updated 10/1/2020

 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


Voter Registration Deadline Oct. 5

Polk County residents who wish to register to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election must do so by Oct. 5. Voter registration forms may be completed online at or... — 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


FDOT Task Force Meeting Seeking Public Input

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will facilitate the upcoming Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Task Force meeting and public... — 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


City Seeking Advisory Board Volunteers

The City of Bartow is currently accepting applications for the following voluntary advisory board(s): - Building and Housing Board of Appeals (2 seats) - Citizen's Advisory... — Updated 9/23/2020


Sample Ballots Available Online

Sample ballots for the upcoming General Election are now available online at "Voters are encouraged to study their choices in advance and bring their sample... — Updated 9/23/2020 Full story


Bells to Ring Across Bartow Sept. 17

Constitution Day is Sept. 17. To honor the occasion, Bartow historian Lloyd Harris, donning his Revolutionary era tricorn hat, will, starting at 4 p.m., ring a bell 27 times, once... — Updated 9/17/2020

 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 George Long    News

City to Mail Masks

These are unprecedented times. Since early March of this year, I have held weekly emergency policy meetings with Bartow senior staff to develop and execute the approach that we've... — Updated 9/3/2020

 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

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


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