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Local credit card debt among lowest in state
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:19PM
People in Sarasota and Charlotte counties have some of the lowest credit card debt in Florida, and that bodes well for the financial health of the area, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Former Englewood man’s novel to become movie
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:22PM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ransom Riggs learned Samuel L. Jackson is playing a character in his young-adult novel turned movie, he freaked out. Novelist Riggs, who grew up in a little … Find out how to read more online.
County’s budget woes to fall on taxpayers
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
After getting its first glimpse at a formal budget for 2015-16, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to set a tentative ad valorem millage rate of 9.25 mills … Find out how to read more online.
Independence Day parade winners announced
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
On behalf of the Arcadia Moose Lodge 1327, the official sponsor of the 2015 Independence Day Parade, we thank all the entries that took part in the parade. It was … Find out how to read more online.
District prepares students with Back to School Fair
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
As the gates to the DeSoto County High School opened Saturday morning, students frenzied to be first in line for the annual Back to School Fair. More than 800 students, … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC graduates 10 dental assistants
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
South Florida State College honored 10 graduates of its Dental Assisting program in a traditional pinning ceremony in the SFSC University Center Auditorium on July 22. Receiving their pins were … Find out how to read more online.
Corporal dodged enemy, friendly fire in Korea
Mon  Jul 27 2015 12:51PM
Robert Borboro, of Cross Creek RV Park north of Arcadia, spent the better part of two years in Korea during that war. While it’s been 60 years since he was … Find out how to read more online.
Hired Guns
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
Local law enforcement members are always looking to help their community — and make some extra cash at the same time. And they’re certainly getting the chance to do so. … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Sheriff’s Office seeks ID on deceased man
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
DESOTO COUNTY — The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help to identify a man whose body was found in a DeSoto County field two years ago. Sheriff Will … Find out how to read more online.
Front expected to bring wet weather
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may want to stay inside, rent movies and eat popcorn this weekend with the rainy weather expected. “There could be some breaks with a little bit of … Find out how to read more online.
Housing market slows in Charlotte
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County housing market shifted into reverse last month, with both the number of home sales and median sale prices in decline. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of … Find out how to read more online.
Benefit held for native Arcadian fighting cancer
Thu  Jul 23 2015 08:30AM
As she looked around at the crowd of people gathered at the Punta Gorda Moose Lodge, 22-year-old Karen Weir wore a humbled smile. Her “Fight Like A Girl” T-shirt proclaimed … Find out how to read more online.
Food Bank brings meals to the hungry with help from Mosaic
Thu  Jul 23 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County has a poverty rate almost double that of any other county in the state. All Faiths Food Bank serves the region by providing food at mobile pantries, schools, … Find out how to read more online.
Economy strangles rental market
Sun  Jul 19 2015 08:30AM
At 21, Marissa Hurley faces a daunting task. When the lease on her home in Venice expires at the end of the month, Hurley, her fiancé and their 4-month-old son … Find out how to read more online.
More rainy mornings expected
Mon  Jul 20 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may be singing the old nursery rhyme, “Rain Rain Go Away,” this week. Forecasters are projecting last week’s rainy morning weather pattern to continue. The good news … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tough’ road for Greece
Sun  Jul 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Dimitrious Athanas worked in a Chicago restaurant for 33 years, so he is used to cooking for big crowds and standing over a hot stove for long … Find out how to read more online.
DCSO raids alleged Great Dane puppy mill
Thu  Jul 16 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office raided an apparent puppy mill and removed 60 disease- and tick-ridden dogs — mostly Great Danes — from reportedly deplorable conditions. Debora Ann Rivera, 50, … Find out how to read more online.
Judge Parker planning to retire this year
Thu  Jul 16 2015 08:30AM
After serving four decades on the bench for the State of Florida, Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge James S. Parker of DeSoto County will be stepping down in October. He has … Find out how to read more online.
County approves EMS fee increase
Thu  Jul 16 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to establish across-the-board EMS fee increases. The increases range from an extra $6.45 being charged per mile for transportation, to … Find out how to read more online.
Open your eyes
Mon  Jul 13 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The television was blurry. The camera lens was fuzzy, and when Lance Homestead drove, he could see clearly out of only his left eye. At 17, the lifelong … Find out how to read more online.
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Punta Gorda, a voting anomaly in the South
Sun  Aug 2 2015 08:30AM
Johnny Lloyd Jr. was just a little boy when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of legislation that struck down … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Jul 31 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A local man is facing a slew of charges — including attempted murder — after what the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office describes as a “vicious attack on two … Find out how to read more online.
Three times a hero
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
My dad, Joseph Kerecman, Sergeant, Army Air Force, has been gone nearly 20 years, but when I remember him, I recall his stories of service in World War II and … Find out how to read more online.
School district OKs slightly lower millage rate
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved a school millage rate that is slightly lower than last year’s rate. The millage rate for the 2015-16 year is 7.1390, compared with 7.2530 … Find out how to read more online.
City approves Eagle Vistas as airport FBO
Thu  Jul 23 2015 08:30AM
In a 4-1 vote, the Arcadia City Council approved a contract making Eagle Vistas LLC the airport’s next Fixed Base Operator. The initial term of the contract is two years … Find out how to read more online.
‘Bulk’ mail?
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — After he allegedly sent thousands of steroids from his South Gulf Cove home and the Englewood post office, federal agents arrested Robert G. Gregory on multiple … Find out how to read more online.
DCSO: Additional victims sought in child porn case
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:53AM
DESOTO COUNTY — A Tampa man is facing numerous charges related to child pornography, and authorities fear there may be more victims who’ve not yet been identified. The DeSoto County … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-toll collector gains worldwide support
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
BOCA GRANDE — Until recently, 77-year-old Vladislav “Sam” Samsonov didn’t know what the words “trending” or “viral” meant. Now, all he knows is his story is doing both — worldwide. … Find out how to read more online.
Men still in critical condition after shooting
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The two men injured in a shooting early Wednesday morning were still in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia. Just before … Find out how to read more online.
Wednesday crashes leave 2 critically injured
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — Two separate area accidents Wednesday resulted in two critically injured victims, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. The FHP has not yet released the name of … Find out how to read more online.
Machine Pitch finishes second in state
Thu  Jul 23 2015 08:30AM
After a scorching start to last week’s state tournament, DeSoto’s 8U Machine Pitch youth baseball team lost two tight games in the double-elimination championship round to finish an impressive second … Find out how to read more online.
County seeks legal custody of 60+ confiscated dogs
Thu  Jul 23 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County Animal Control took the first step to gain full custody and control of more than 60 dogs confiscated from Remmington Danes. According to a petition filed Monday in … Find out how to read more online.
Army private helped displaced war refugees
Mon  Jul 20 2015 08:30AM
What Lou Roth, now 88, remembers most about his tour in Germany after the end of World War II is the German people. “They didn’t have money or much of … Find out how to read more online.
Scottish teen wins age bracket in Y Triathlon
Sun  Jul 19 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Scott Dickson traveled 4,241 miles to compete Saturday in the Englewood YMCA Triathlon. The 17-year-old Glasgow, Scotland, native not only swam, biked and ran his first triathlon in … Find out how to read more online.
Single father reaches out for housing help
Sun  Jul 19 2015 08:30AM
With a safe, affordable home in which to raise his 6-year-old daughter, Alina, out of his price range, Avery Shepherd is reaching out for help on the Internet. Just this … Find out how to read more online.
For whom the toll ...
Fri  Jul 17 2015 08:30AM
In some businesses, being customer-friendly is a firing offense. Same for making the company whole if you make a mistake at the till. That’s what happened to Sam Samsonov, 77, … Find out how to read more online.
US women’s soccer inspires next generation
Mon  Jul 13 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When the U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup a week ago, they became a shining example to young soccer players of what could be accomplished. … Find out how to read more online.
School district presents tentative budget
Thu  Jul 16 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved the publication of the tentative school budget for 2015-16, with the understanding that final figures yet to be received from the State Department of … Find out how to read more online.
Taxpayer group warns of looming fiscal crisis, calls for reform as retirement benefit costs climb
Sun  Jul 12 2015 08:30AM
With government pension costs soaring in Charlotte County, and the cites of Punta Gorda and North Port, residents are calling for reform, warning that as more public employees stop working, … Find out how to read more online.