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It’s time to close the ‘gate’
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Watergate is a complex of five buildings next to the Kennedy Center in the ritzy Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In 1972, a sixth-floor Watergate office was the site … read more.
Community Redevelopment Agency hires director
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
On Feb. 9, the Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency will have its first permanent director since the summer of 2012. City Manager George Long and CRA Chairman John Bohde completed their … read more.
Parking garage coming to Bartow
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Could a solution to the parking complaints about downtown Bartow go away as the county is prepared to build a 600-plus garage between the Neil Combee building and the Polk … read more.
Girl follows family tradition
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
Thousands of people crowded the Polk County Youth Fair grounds on Sunday, filling the arena for the market hog shows. Hogs were lined up row by row in the barn … read more.
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Take a step back to 1840
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
History often seems an amorphous subject, locked away in books and stored in memory, untouchable and only experienced in a fleeting way through studying artifacts of bygone eras. Not this weekend in Polk County. History is alive at the Alafia … read more.

Maple bridge to be replaced
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Since August 2014, the bridge on Maple Avenue over the Bear Creek culvert was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic after structural weaknesses were discovered that had seriously compromised safety. Until its closing, the bridge, built in the early 1960s, … read more.

LeRoy gets an A from board
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Polk County’s Superintendent of Schools took home an A on her report card, but not without some minor criticisms from members of the Polk County School Board. Overall, Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy, just finishing her first 18 months in the job, … read more.

Cheerleaders continue to finish at top
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Bartow High School’s champion co-ed cheerleading squad continued their winning ways this week, by taking second place district honors, which they hope are a prelude to first place wins at regional and national titles again this year. The 26-member team … read more.

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Thought to be dead, ‘zombie’ cat crawls out of grave
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
TAMPA — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought … read more.

Boston bounces back, digs out from blizzard’s 2 feet of snow
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON (AP) — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow. … read more.

Stocks fade late as oil dips, Fed gives investors pause
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Reserve’s latest take on the U.S. economy got investors in a selling mood Wednesday, as stocks fell sharply for the second straight day. The stock market also took a hit when benchmark U.S. oil … read more.

Smugglers ferry refugees in cargo ships
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR — The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the “ghost ship” came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew — and hundreds of Syrians as … read more.

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