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Writing tests thwarted by computer glitches
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
Last week wasn’t a bed of roses for many Polk County students faced with state mandated computer based tests who had to deal with myriad computer glitches before they could … read more.
Youth Villa open house to draw hundreds
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
Next Saturday, March 14, hundreds of visitors will head to the Sheriff’s Youth Villa on State Road 60, east of Bartow, for the residential site’s annual open house. Founded in … read more.
If Florida citrus needs a hero, it needs one right now
Sat  Mar 7 2015 08:30AM
A month after posting the best results in seven months, U.S. orange juice sales posted its biggest decline in nearly three years. The disappointing sales results came just before the … read more.
Clerk’s office earns first accreditation
Wed  Mar 4 2015 08:30AM
Polk County Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield reports the Clerk’s Department of Inspector General earned its first accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The CFA approved the … read more.
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Committee to bring some sunshine to homeless students
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
This spring there will be 132 Polk County high school graduates who are homeless. When they leave school, these 89 girls and 49 boys will be on their own living, with friends, staying with relatives or living a homeless existence … read more.

Adult Day Care Center to go up for sale
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
In the hope of trying to get some money out of it, Polk County has decided to sell the Adult Day Care Center in Lake Wales. It will be using a real estate agent, but there is a time limit … read more.

Memorial Art exhibition is open
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
The work of one of Polk State College’s longest serving professors will be on display through late April. Gary Baker taught art at the College for 37 years before retiring in December 2013. Just weeks after he retired, he passed … read more.

Microchipping your pet
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
Writing this article on microchipping was prompted by a recent success story. It is not uncommon for people to find a lost pet and take them to a clinic in an attempt to reunite the pet with its owner. The … read more.

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State, National and World News
Citrus growers want change in federal tax law for write-offs
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Citrus growers are looking for a change in federal tax law that would allow them immediately to write off the cost of planting new citrus groves. Under a proposed change in the law, growers wouldn’t have … read more.

House bill would give tax break to gun buyers, club members
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Guns, gun rights and gun owners are getting plenty of attention in the Florida Legislature this year, including what may be some nice tax breaks. A tax cut package proposed in the state House would exempt … read more.

Florida may promote 3rd graders who fail standardized tests
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid continued backlash over Florida’s testing regimen, the state may stop holding back third grade students who fail the state’s standardized tests. If Florida lawmakers agree to the change, it would mark a major departure from … read more.

AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated … read more.

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