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 By Christian Ponder    Voices 

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

 
 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

 

Taking Sides

Trump or Biden? Mask or no mask? Open school or eLearning? Open the economy, or public safety? Work or family? Push through and get it done, or pull back and reflect? Make a... — Updated 8/19/2020

 
 By Steve Steiner    Voices

These are the Candidates I Endorse and Why

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

 

Making Sense of Untimely Deaths

This segment offers a word of encouragement from pastors who lead churches in Bartow. This week's message is from the Rev. Armando J. Rodriguez, Jr., Senior Pastor of First United... — Updated 8/6/2020

 
 By Steve Steiner    Voices

Inching Back into Reporting After Heart Health Scare

I want to state that it's time to cue up Gene Autry singing "Back in the Saddle Again." To a degree, it is, but not entirely. For those who may not be aware, on June 26 I was... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Steve Steiner    Voices

I Cannot Help But Wonder

Had I written this several days ago immediately following the funeral service for Ken Riley, this column would have a much different tone; an angrier one. In the wake of the recent... — Updated 6/18/2020

 

Unlocking Our Nation's Potential

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. Armando J. Rodriguez, Jr., Senior Pastor... — Updated 6/18/2020

 
 By Becky Toalster    Voices

The Gift of Pentecost

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. Becky Toalster, rector of Holy Trinity... — Updated 6/10/2020

 
 By Matt McCraw    Voices

Forgiveness Versus Offense

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. Matt McCraw, pastor of First Baptist... — Updated 6/10/2020

 

Message from Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd - June 5, 2020

Editor's Note: This message is being reprinted from the sheriff's Cyberstar Community Update. Dear Friend, As all of you probably know by now, a man by the name of George Floyd... — Updated 6/10/2020

 
 By Richard Dryer    Voices

Letter to the Editor: Solemn Assembly Saturday June 6

Editor: As you may know, I'm involved in the Bartow community, and for a number of years, been a member, and co-chair, of the Community Relations Committee (CRC). The CRC is a... — Updated 6/10/2020

 

Having a HEART for Children in our LAND

The current health crisis has noticeably altered many of our ideas of what, and who, is most important. Some of the things we would have listed as essential in order for us to have... — Updated 6/3/2020

 
 By Steve Steiner    Voices

Help Wanted

The expression "Rome wasn't built in a day" can be and is applicable in many endeavors, including BartowNews.net. It is encouraging knowing that little by little, we are building... — Updated 6/3/2020

 
 By Terri Miller    Voices

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 5/26/2020

 
 By Steve Steiner    Voices

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 5/26/2020

 

Getting Back to the Basics

Not having lived through a global pandemic, every day may seem fraught with more uncertainty. Here are some pieces of information regarding our present situation that I believe to... — Updated 5/26/2020

 
 By Terri Miller    Voices

Cut from a Different Cloth

Greater love has no man than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13. Memorial Day is a day to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice... — Updated 5/26/2020

 
 By Jim Hatch    Voices

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 Chu... — Updated 5/20/2020

 

A True Friend

There are times when acquaintances in our life provide a timely and caring prayer or action of encouragement that reminds us to keep going, to persevere in where we are or the... — Updated 5/16/2020

 
 By Ron Burks    Voices

Is All Hope LOST?

I want to thank Steve Steiner and BartowNews.net for this segment called "Be Encouraged." Each week, this segment will offer a word of encouragement from pastors who lead churches... — Updated 5/13/2020

 
 By Trish Pfeiffer    Voices

12 Things I Learned Serving the City of Bartow

I am beyond grateful to have served as your City Commissioner the last six years. My goal from the very first to the very last session was NEVER to be complacent. To stay actively... — Updated 5/6/2020

 
 By Shauna Krout    Voices

Addicts Also Fall into High Risk for COVID-19

As the government puts orders in considering this new named Pandemic with the Coronavirus, we have things to keep in mind regarding who is at risk and how to prevent it. The... — Updated 4/29/2020

 

We are NOT in Control

As severe thunderstorms are rolling through Lake Wales this morning, I am reminded that we are truly at God's mercy, and He sustains us. It can be frustrating to plan our day, our... — Updated 4/29/2020

 
 By Terri Miller    Voices

Being Spiritual

How has the Holy Spirit been prompting you to seek God? What are some things you can do this week to grow closer to Him? This was an interesting question from Our Daily Bread Bible... — Updated 4/22/2020

 

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