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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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State, National and World News
Medicaid schism endures
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — House and Senate leaders weren’t backing off their opposing positions on Medicaid expansion Friday during tense budget negotiations leading into the final week of the Legislative session. But they did manage to find enough common ground to jump-start … read more.

Stocks rise on tech earnings
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. The modest gains helped close out a relatively strong week for U.S. stocks, with the three major … read more.

Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
MILAN (AP) — Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday. … read more.

Ukraine calls for arms supplies as Russian troops worry NATO
Sat  Apr 25 2015 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine urged its allies to send it weapons and accused rebels of persistent cease-fire violations as NATO warned about an increase in Russian troop movement both near and across the border. Russia said it was concerned about … read more.

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