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Parents: Bring back recess
Mon  Oct 12 2015 01:36PM
The Polk County School Board is looking at how to restore recess to the county’s elementary schools after the Tuesday board meeting where a dozen mothers petitioned the board to … read more.
Feds reach $2B settlement with Mosaic
Sat  Oct 3 2015 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE — After decades of environmental damage caused by hill-sized piles of acidic hazardous waste in Florida and Louisiana, one of the world’s largest fertilizer makers has settled a massive … read more.
Reception unveils new exhibit
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
When Myrtice Young, Historical Preservation Manager of the Polk County History Center, came across a memoir written by the now-late Honorable John H. Dewell, she reached out to the Hon. … read more.
Heath drops out of race for BOCC
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
Rennie Heath has dropped out of the race for the seat County Commissioner Edwin V. Smith holds but and will term out at the end of this year. That leaves … read more.
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Stress less
Tue  Oct 13 2015 12:50PM
How many people like going to the doctor? How many owners avoid regular health checkups because they do not like the doctor visits for many reasons? The whole white coat syndrome is quite well documented in people. Years ago, when … read more.

Southeastern Dogs Walkathon party set
Tue  Oct 13 2015 12:50PM
Southeastern Guide Dogs is holding a Walkathon Fundraising Kick-Off Party to officially launch the 2016 Polk County Walkathon, scheduled March 19, 2016 at Lake Hollingsworth. Current, potential, or simply curious fundraisers are invited to join us to find out what … read more.

‘Garden of virtue’ remembered
Wed  Sep 30 2015 08:30AM
Proverbs 31 details the qualities found within a virtuous woman. For many Fort Meade residents, these qualities were exemplified within the life of former teacher Lorraine Cliett Young. For this reason that passage was chosen for the devotional for her … read more.

Avent installed at first Poly president
Sat  Oct 10 2015 08:30AM
Florida Polytechnic University installed its first president, Dr. Randy K. Avent, at an inauguration ceremony Thursday morning on campus. The event honored Avent, and celebrated the university’s inaugural year achievements, including the opening of the iconic Innovation, Science and Technology … read more.

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Pumpkins available for Halloween but maybe not Thanksgiving
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:06PM
NEOGA, Ill. (AP) — There should be enough pumpkins for Halloween this year, but that might not be the case for the canned pumpkin used in pies come Thanksgiving, according to crop experts in Illinois, the country’s top pumpkin-producing state. … read more.

IS advances near Syria’s Aleppo despite Russian strikes
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
By ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants captured a string of villages near Aleppo on Friday in a lightning attack that brought them closer to the prized city in northern Syria, despite a … read more.

Farmers look at devastating losses as flood rolls downstream
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
BRANCHVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Thad Wimberly tugs on a clump of peanuts, shaking off the mud as he cracks the soggy shells to inspect his crop. But all he can do is sigh as his livelihood disintegrates between his fingers. … read more.

Hungarian president warns about migration’s security aspect
Fri  Oct 9 2015 11:04PM
BALATONFURED, Hungary (AP) — Solidarity with refugees escaping war must not overshadow concerns about human trafficking and the threat from extremists, Hungary’s president said Friday. While “the humanitarian aspects are very important, especially with the coming winter ... we would … read more.

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