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Updated: 12/28/2013 08:00:01AM

A look at 2013

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER
Eighty-eight-year-old Ernest Smith and his son Doug greet on lookers April 17 when Smith Boulevard opened. The road goes from U.S. 98 to U.S. 17 cutting congestion on State Road 60, known as Van Fleet Drive in Bartow. Elected officials, Bartow Chamber of Commerce members and Bartow Ford employees crowded the entrance to Smith Boulevard near the Bartow car dealership where Smith rode in the first car — a convertible Mustang — to break a ribbon heralding the completion of the $11 million highway.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

A tire from the Cadillac CTS is on the sidewalk with the wrecked car behind it by the bloodmobile off U.S. 17 near the State Road 60 intersection. The wreck in the early afternoon drew units from multiple agencies and the driver was thrown from car. The victim, Odin Runar Firing, 19, of Fort Myers was dead at the scene. Witnesses said the car was going probably about 80 miles per hour on S.R. 60 when it jumped the sidewalk, hit a lightpole and the driver was thrown from the car. The car caught fire in crash and it did not hit the bloodmobile.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Clifton Lewis, president of the Neighborhood Improvment Corp., makes a pose for television cameras Monday, Dec. 9, on the foundation stone that will be given to the Smithsonian Institution to become part of the display at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture of the L.B. Brown House.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


In a room packed with people at the Oct. 7 Bartow City Commission meeting, people lined up to speak. Sitting in the front row is U.S. Navy veteran Jack Littlefield, Emmett Purvis and Pastor Ron Burks. Burks' church issued the signs for the Fourth of July.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Though many signs were in the front lawns of houses, some were elsewhere such as this one on Main Street.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Wearing their Space Camp jumpsuits, Kiera and Kayla Wilmot flank their mother, Marie. The sisters attended the Hunstville, Ala.-based facility this past summer, thanks in part to Homer Hickam, who was the topic of the movie "October Sky."

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Wayne Nelson, bassist and lead vocalist with the Little River Band opens the Sunday, Nov. 10 show with a greeting to fans attending the concert honoring military veterans held at the Mosaic Park bandshell.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Trish Pfeiffer made a guest appearance at the Nov. 15 Bartow Kiwanis lunch, where she presented Matt Korvschak with a special thank you for his participation in getting things prepared for the Little River Band. The members of the band autographed a toilet lid on a toilet that broke that night at Mosaic Park.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Panelist Richard Harris (right) speaks at Oct. 22's multi-culture event at the Bartow Public Library while fellow panelists (from left) Ken Riley and Velmarie Albertini listen. About 75 people showed up for the event.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Jerry Coe teaches the pre-med classes at Bartow Middle School.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

The Summerlin Academy Color Guard of Christian Quattlebaum, Jakob Brown, Garrett Kirkland and Josh Price stand behind the Mach 16 torpedo Saturday, March 23, at the dedication ceremony. The torpedo on loan from Keyport Naval Museum in Washington represents the U.S. Submarine Sea Poacher's first commander, Roy Holland Gallemore who is from Bartow. It is on display at Summerlin Academy and the Sea Poacher base is raising money to finish the display, which will cost about $20,000.

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God Bless America

On Dec. 9, the city commission chamber was empty as the Planning and Zoning Commission listened to a sign ordinance review. It stood in stark contrast to the eruption two months earlier when residents arrived in force at the Oct. 7 city commission meeting. It was standing-room only as residents objected to what may have been a misunderstanding.

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