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Free GED class being offered in Bartow

Free GED class being offered in Bartow

Bartow, FL -- In this tough economic environment, a degree can mean the difference between getting a job - and not.

Starting this week, the Bartow Public Library will be offering a 12-week GED class on Wednesdays from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The class will use the book, GED Basics, which is available at most bookstores for about $16.

The classes are free, but participants must purchase their own books.

For more information, or to contact the Bartow Public Library to register, call (863) 534-0131.

Get "fresh" this weekend at Bartow's Farmers Market

Get "fresh" this weekend at Bartow's Farmers Market

Bartow, FL -- Getting fresh will be easy this weekend in downtown Bartow.

Bartow's Farmers Market is being held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market is located in Fort Blount Park, on the corner of Main Street and Broadway Avenue.

In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, the market also includes other items such as fresh cut flowers, plants, crafts, and homemade jams and jellies.

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

Lakeland Electric decreasing fuel charge

Lakeland Electric decreasing fuel charge

Lakeland, FL - - The Lakeland City Commission voted Monday to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers 75 cents per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after Oct. 3.

The new fuel charge will be $49.90 per 1,000 kWh. As of Oct. 3, Lakeland Electric residential customers will pay $109.42 for 1,000 kWh of electricity.

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

Bartow trash collection being reduced to once per week

Bartow trash collection being reduced to once per week

Bartow, FL -- Residents may call it a "bunch of garbage" or even think "it stinks", but starting Oct. 3, the city will only be collecting trash once a week.

Until now, Bartow trash collectors have scheduled pick-ups two times per week, but city officials have decided one day a week is enough.

Most might think it's a matter of trimming the budget, but city officials say it has more to do with recycling. So much trash is recycled, these days, they say it's just not necessary to pick-up other solid waste more than once per week.

Mail could soon get slower

Mail could soon get slower

Lakeland, Florida -- Mail across Highlands County may soon get slower.

The United States Postal Service announced last week it will begin studying the possibility of closing 152 potential mail distribution facilities across the United States.

Among them, the mail processing and distribution center in Lakeland which processes mail for Highlands County.

If the center closes, equipment would be transferred to Tampa where the mail would be sorted and loaded onto trucks for delivery to Highlands County.

Bartow Antique and Yard Sale this weekend

Bartow Antique and Yard Sale this weekend

Bartow, FL -- Unleash the treasure hunter in you this weekend in Bartow!

The Bartow Antique Fair And Community Yard Sale takes place on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Oaks Parking Lot at Parker Street and Wilson Avenue.

Yard sale vendors will set up at the Oaks Parking Lot at Parker Street and Wilson Avenue, two blocks south of Main Street.

Farmers Market reopens Sept. 3

Farmers Market reopens Sept. 3

Lakeland, Florida - The Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market reopens for its new season on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Saturday hours are 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Wednesday hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Curb Market is located at the corner of E. Pine Street and N. Kentucky Avenue in Downtown Lakeland, just north of Munn Park.

On opening day there will be live music and at 10 a.m. the first annual "Curbie" award (people's choice for their favorite vendor).