• When the river is low, dropping away from its root-studded banks and the stink of raccoon-filched shellfish permeates the bottom lands, Taylor Allen takes his family treasure hunting.
    Hidden in the swamps, below the tea-colored water, the scouring sand and decaying muck are riches most people take for granted. Some are honey gold, run through with seams of olive green or auburn. Others are darker, with veins of gray and purple and a tight grain of dark lines tracing generations. 


Special Report
This summer’s heat was brutal; but, that’s all behind us now, and it’s time to make the most of this gorgeous fall weather. 
 So how about bringing the family to Bartow’s 25th Annual Speirs Turnout Festival? This event has a tradition of offering its visitors tasty foods, exciting shopping, and soul-stirring musical performances. This year’s edition will be no exception. The Festival will be held, as always, in downtown Bartow, this Saturday, Oct. 22, and will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.