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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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NASA remembering 17 astronauts killed in the line of duty
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth. For Robert “Hoot” Gibson, it’s a time to … read more.

A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — For all the danger posed to Florida’s Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there’s one thing researchers don’t want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory. The … read more.

Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
SEATTLE (AP) — For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades. They say the orca … read more.

Survivalist pleads not guilty in ambush killing
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for … read more.

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