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Board applauds state lowering testing standards
Wed  Apr 22 2015 12:29PM
The Polk County School Board joined the state’s other 66 counties Tuesday in lauding the state legislature for adopting a bill that limits state standardized testing, which lowers the impact … read more.
$5 million grant to fund alternative discipline
Fri  Apr 24 2015 04:25PM
The Polk County School board learned Tuesday that the district had received $5 million in grant funds to research the effectiveness of and implement alternative means of discipline. In the … read more.
Rescue shelter to teach how to help horses
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
There’s a lot more to taking care of a horse than most pets and Dawn Bazemore aims to bring that to people’s attention this weekend at the Help a Horse … read more.
Williams: Dialogue started
Wed  Apr 15 2015 08:30AM
At age 79, John Arrowood, who is part-Cherokee, has lived long enough to see the divisions created by prejudice. Having lived through the Civil Rights era, it was common for … read more.
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Standing room at book signing
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
With the exception of an occasional cough or squall of a newborn, and with rare exception, not a sound emanated from the audience — a house so full that additional chairs had to be brought out from storage — in … read more.

Go back in time
Wed  Apr 15 2015 08:30AM
It’s almost time to head back in time again … to revisit the Good Ol’ Days at Homeland Heritage Park on Saturday, April 18. Kicking off at 10 a.m., the park south of Bartow will celebrate the tiny community’s heritage … read more.

Inaugural ‘Moonlight and Music’ event may pave way for more
Wed  Apr 15 2015 08:30AM
What started off as a passing thought in a Polk County commissioner’s mind a few months ago has blossomed into what will be a first for Fort Meade starting 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 17: “Moonlight and Music.” The free outdoor … read more.

AIMing for success
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Kenneth Stephens hopes that people who grew up without a father can look past that and still lead a successful life. “You can go through the statistics and you find when the father is not in home they seem to … read more.

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Sat  Apr 25 2015 06:48PM
KATHMANDU, Nepal — Tens of thousands of people were spending the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing nearly 1,400, collapsing modern houses and ancient temples and triggering … read more.

Earthquake rocks Nepal
Sat  Apr 25 2015 06:46PM
More than 1,394 die amid infrastructure failures … read more.

Bruce Jenner: ‘I am a woman’
Sat  Apr 25 2015 06:43PM
NEW YORK — In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary television interview, Jenner told the world that he identifies as a woman and has felt … read more.

Film officials try 3rd time for incentive program
Sat  Apr 25 2015 06:42PM
MIAMI (AP) — Proponents of Florida’s film industry are back in Tallahassee for the third year in a row, trying to get funding for a new tax incentive program. After failing to find the necessary support in the Legislature the … read more.

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