The Florida Department of Education on Friday released school grades for more than 3,000 schools across the state with the bad news that the overall number of schools with “A” grades declined, according to the report. The Florida Standards Assessment introduced a more difficult grading system a few years ago and schools haven’tContinue Reading

At the Florida Wildlife Federation’s 79th Annual Conservation Awards Banquet to be held June 25, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott Riverfront Hotel in Bradenton, ten outstanding Florida conservationists will be recognized for their conservation achievements. The Federation’s annual selection of conservation award winners is one of the oldest in theContinue Reading

Lakeland Police have identified the man found in the mouth of an alligator earlier this week in Lake Hunter. Richard Zachary Taylor, 72, was identified by his fingerprints, says police. The medical examiner is still conducting a toxicology report. The alligator was captured late Tuesday and authorities confirmed it had remainsContinue Reading

Officials in Polk County have reported a case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a horse this week. The eighteen month old, unvaccinated Quarter Horse had not been off the property in at least 6 months. Clinical signs began April 4th and the horse passed on the same day. The caseContinue Reading

In an undisclosed location in Polk County, beginning on Tuesday, March 29, through Monday, April 4, 2016, Polk County Sheriff’s undercover detectives, along with detectives and investigators from other agencies, conducted a week-long undercover investigation targeting online child predators and arrested 18 suspects. “Operation April’s Fools” included detectives and agents fromContinue Reading