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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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Mustafa Akinci elected leader of breakaway Turkish Cypriots
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:59PM
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Mustafa Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, has been elected as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus. Akinci handily defeated hard-line encumbent … read more.

3 young women jailed in Russia for twerking
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:59PM
MOSCOW (AP) — A court in southern Russia has sentenced one teenager to 15 days in jail and two young women to 10 days for twerking next to a World War II memorial. Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the … read more.

More than 2,500 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquake
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:58PM
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The official number of dead from Saturday’s Himalayan earthquake has topped 2,500 and may continue to rise as remote areas near the epicenter are searched. Nepal authorities said Sunday that at least 2,430 people in that … read more.

’Batman’ killer studied brain disorders before mass murder
Sun  Apr 26 2015 01:58PM
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes was becoming unhinged in the months before he dressed in a gas mask and body armor and began shooting at a packed midnight “Batman” premiere. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old neuroscience graduate student told a … read more.

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