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Fort Meade housing very affordable
Wed  May 6 2015 01:00AM
Fort Meade has the most affordable housing in Polk County and nearly the most affordable in the entire state, according to a recent study by financial advisory web site Smart … read more.
Grenier highlights those not in the spotlight
Sat  May 2 2015 08:30AM
Who could predict that a Chicago transplant who made central Florida his home 30 years ago would become an author who memorialized some of the everyday people who risked it … read more.
The hurt left behind
Sun  May 3 2015 03:15PM
Kenneth Stephens was raised without his biological father. Despite that, he has led a successful life. Still, the pain of not having his father in his life has had a … read more.
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.
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Spring is in the air: Watch your pet
Wed  May 6 2015 01:00AM
Spring in Florida is full of sun and beautiful, warm weather. It’s the perfect season to be outside. Unfortunately, it’s also the perfect season for allergen-producing foliage and pollens. Florida’s allergy season is longer and stronger than most of the … read more.

$5 million grant to fund alternative discipline
Sat  May 2 2015 08:30AM
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 pilot program, according to Assistant Superintendent Nancy Woolcock, six schools … 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 Day. Bazemore, the founder and owner of Faith Equine Rescue, … 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 him to see Ku Klux Klan members marching through town … read more.

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US stocks sink as oil price gets above $60
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A combination of concerns knocked the U.S. stock market lower Tuesday, snapping a two-day run. Crude oil climbed above $60 a barrel for the first time this year, raising expectations for rising inflation and interest rates. … read more.

Escaped inmate nabbed after 56 years
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
ORLANDO — A man convicted of manslaughter escaped from an Ohio prison farm in 1959, then was allowed to slip away from law enforcement in 1975 and disappeared until a ruse to get his fingerprints led to his arrest in … read more.

Two decades after ‘Black Hawk Down,’ Kerry visits Somalia
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two decades after dead American soldiers were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, John Kerry on Tuesday became the first secretary of state to set foot in Somalia, a symbolic visit to show support for the … read more.

ISIS claims Texas attack
Wed  May 6 2015 01:19AM
PHOENIX — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the assault on a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, but counterterrorism experts said IS has a history of asserting involvement in attacks in which it … read more.

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