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Blueberry crop damaged, but growers still hopeful

Blueberry crop damaged, but growers still hopeful

LAKELAND, Florida (AP) - About 20 percent of Florida's blueberry crop was damaged in February by freezing weather, but growers are still hopeful for a profitable season.

The Ledger reports that a shortage of Florida blueberries combined with even larger damage to the Georgia blueberry crop could push up farm prices for Florida's crop by 20 percent. Blueberry growers say the increase in the value of the crop will offset the loss - and that demand for the fruit just keeps increasing.

Bus service ceases on President's Day

Bus service ceases on President's Day

Polk County, Fla. -- In observance of the President’s Day Holiday, bus service on the Winter Haven Area Transit, Citrus Connection and Polk County Transit Services routes will not be operating Monday, Feb. 20.

Service will resume normal operations on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Free GED course offered in Bartow

Free GED course offered in Bartow

Bartow, Fla. -- A high school diploma can be a valuable tool toward getting a job, especially in this tight job market.

Now, people hoping to land their GED can take free classes at the Bartow Public Library.

The next class takes place Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Library, which is located at 2150 South Broadway Avenue.  The class is free, but participants must purchse textbooks from Library for $10.

Register at the Circulation Desk.

For more information call: (863) 534-0131

Antique Fair this weekend in Bartow

Antique Fair this weekend in Bartow

Bartow, FL -- If you're feeling lucky, you just might find a hidden gem at the Downtown Bartow Antique Fair this Saturday, Feb. 11 along East Main Street.

The event takes place between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The antique fair is free to the public but if you want to try to sell something, there's a vendor's fee of $15.

For more information, contact Main Street Bartow, Inc. at (863) 519-0508.

Relay for Life Rummage Sale

Relay for Life Rummage Sale

Bartow, FL -- This Saturday, Feb. 4, Magnify Credit Union is hosting a Rummage Sale with all proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.

The event will be held at 1790 N. Broadway in Bartow from 8 a.m. - noon.

If you have some special "junque" to donate, call Kim at 863-425-6511.

SBDC to host six small business seminars

SBDC to host six small business seminars

Bartow, FL -- The Central Florida Development Council’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host six seminars in January to help budding entrepreneurs complete a thorough business plan, start a new business and improve customer service.

Four seminars will be held at the Neil Combee County Administration Building, Room 139 (first floor), 330 West Church Street in Bartow and two seminars will be held at area chambers of commerce.

Steps to Starting a Small Business will be offered 9:30 a.m. – noon on Jan. 4 at the Neil Combee Building.

Vendors needed for Scales and Tails Pet Festival

Vendors needed for Scales and Tails Pet Festival

Mulberry, FL -- Polk County Parks and Recreation needs vendors for the annual Scales and Tails Pet Festival event on Feb. 11, 2012.

Vendors should sell pet-related products or services including, but not limited to: clothing for animals, pet accessories, grooming, animal adoptions, and services such as dog-walking, pet-sitting or obedience training.  Additional vendors featuring general interest crafts will also be approved on a space-available basis.