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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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Stocks close with slight gains
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:22PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday. Major indexes notched modest gains, not nearly enough to make up for the four previous days of losses. It wound up being the second-worst week for … read more.

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:22PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he’s retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer … read more.

Suicidal co-pilot may have had hidden illness
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:22PM
MONTABAUR, Germany — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor’s note that would have kept … read more.

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings
Fri  Mar 27 2015 10:20PM
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity’s national administration, the university’s … read more.

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