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Putnam: Citrus greening ‘has reached a crisis point’
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:10AM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — This year’s Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit’s lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that’s infecting the trees is to blame. … read more.
Schools advised to speed investigations
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:10AM
During a recent review of the Polk County School Board’s personnel operations, a consulting firm hired by the board decided the school district needed to speed up misconduct investigations. The … read more.
Putnam: Citrus greening ‘has reached a crisis point’
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:10AM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — This year’s Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit’s lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that’s infecting the trees is to blame. … read more.
MLK project could include McCutchen statue
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:10AM
A project designed to improve the area around Martin Luther King Jr. Street could include a statue of the city’s current favorite son. Fort Meade residents will be able to … read more.
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Polk schools ready for FCAT’s demise
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:12AM
Some Polk County students are busy taking the very last Florida Comprehensive Tests to be given. Next year, they will face the new Florida Standards tests instead. The FCAT tests have been in place since 1998, but the state Department … read more.

Fort Meade VFW honors local students
Wed  Apr 16 2014 11:10AM
Students at Fort Meade Middle Senior High School have a little better idea about what democracy is all about, thanks to contests sponsored by the Fort Meade VFW and its ladies auxiliary. Cynthia McCard was the first-place winner in the … read more.

Good Ol’ Days
Wed  Apr 16 2014 08:00AM

High schoolers to end week on motivational high
Wed  Apr 9 2014 08:00AM
Three local high school graduates with inspiring stories, including two Fort Meade diploma holders, will help current students at the school end this week on a high note. The school is hosting a special “Learn, Think and Achieve” assembly at … read more.

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Part of Fla. history to step back into spotlight
Sun  Apr 20 2014 01:54PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The public will soon get a look inside an historic house hidden in trees near the Florida Governor’s Mansion. The state will open the Grove, once the residence of former Gov. LeRoy Collins, later this year … read more.

Polish man crosses Atlantic Ocean in kayak
Sun  Apr 20 2014 01:54PM
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 67-year-old Polish adventurer has paddled his kayak into New Smyrna Beach to mark the end of a 6,000-mile, trans-Atlantic journey. They Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that Aleksander “Olek” Doba kissed the ground after … read more.

Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76
Sun  Apr 20 2014 01:54PM
TORONTO (AP) — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. His death was confirmed Sunday by John Artis, a caregiver and associate. Carter spent 19 years in … read more.

Florida man examines oil spill dolphin deaths
Sun  Apr 20 2014 01:54PM
MANATEE, Fla. (AP) — A south Florida man’s work is helping researchers better understand long-term damage to dolphins from the massive 2010 BP oil spill. The Bradenton Herald reported on Sunday that Randall S. Wells is helping federal researchers asses … read more.

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