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Writing tests thwarted by computer glitches
Fri  Mar 6 2015 01:31PM
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
Fri  Mar 6 2015 12:34PM
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
Fri  Mar 6 2015 12:34PM
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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Bone Valley ATV Park opening tomorrow
Wed  Feb 18 2015 08:30AM
Rugged trails and family amenities await riders at the opening of the Bone Valley ATV Park tomorrow, Feb. 19. The long-awaited park at 10427 County Road 630 west of Fort Meade will open its gates for the first time at … read more.

67th Annual Youth Fair
Fri  Feb 13 2015 01:26PM

Mild or spicy, chili cooked on chilly day
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
The chili warming up the Stuart Center Wednesday afternoon ranged from a football style to a trip back to the 1960s, and from elderly women cooking to those in hunting garb. The chili cookoff, now in its third year, filled … read more.

Girl follows family tradition
Tue  Feb 3 2015 11:11AM
Thousands of people crowded the Polk County Youth Fair grounds on Sunday, filling the arena for the market hog shows. Hogs were lined up row by row in the barn while competitors herded their porcine charges through the show ring, … read more.

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Jobless rate hits 5.5%
Fri  Mar 6 2015 10:12PM
WASHINGTON — Unemployment in the U.S. has dropped to a seven- year low of 5.5 percent — a level normally considered the mark of a healthy job market. Yet that number isn’t as encouraging as it might sound. While U.S. … read more.

Strong jobs report shakes up stocks
Fri  Mar 6 2015 10:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A strong jobs report shook up the financial markets on Friday. U.S. employers added 295,000 jobs last month, the government said. That was more than economists were expecting and, combined with a drop in the unemployment … read more.

Anniversary of Selma march rekindles Ferguson comparisons
Fri  Mar 6 2015 10:12PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — In only a few minutes on national television, the beatings of civil rights marchers by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., dragged the inhumanity of Southern segregation into America’s living rooms as never before. … read more.

Big snakes targeted in new federal bans
Fri  Mar 6 2015 10:12PM
LOXAHATCHEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Fla. — Four large constrictor snakes will be illegal to import or move across state lines, the federal government said Friday, while stopping short of including the popular boa constrictor among the banned. Completing a process … read more.

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