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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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Russian woman arrested after giving information to Ukraine
Thu  Jan 29 2015 03:44PM
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has arrested a mother of seven on treason charges for providing Ukraine with information on Russian troop movements. Moscow’s Lefortovsky court put Svetlana Davydova in custody last week on the charges, which carry a … read more.

A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades
Thu  Jan 29 2015 03:44PM
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.

NASA remembering 17 astronauts killed in the line of duty
Thu  Jan 29 2015 03:44PM
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — NASA is remembering 17 astronauts who were killed in the line of duty and dozens more who have died since the agency’s beginning. Dozens of people attended a remembrance ceremony Thursday at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight … read more.

Disney pulls Starbucks mug from Epcot shelves
Thu  Jan 29 2015 03:44PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney officials have pulled an Epcot-themed Starbucks mug from the shelves because it included the purple-striped monorail which was retired after a crash between two trains killed an employee. The Orlando Sentinel reports the Starbucks mug … read more.

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