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Sheriff budgets
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
Equipped with a $65 million budget, representing a 6.7 percent increase from last fiscal year, Sheriff Bill Prummell is going into 2018 with plans to stay a step ahead of Charlotte County’s expected … Find out how to read more online.
Today’s NAACP
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
When white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida, the president of the Florida State NAACP, Adora Obi Nweze, did not call for members of his organization to … Find out how to read more online.
A day in the life of a horse trainer
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
It was drizzling rain at 8 a.m. when I arrived at Ty Harris’s ranch in Arcadia. So I sat in my truck until I saw this tall, lanky, red-headed cowboy … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia Garden Club speaker explains Trophic Cascades
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
Arcadia Garden Club met on Jan. 1, with 20 members and guests in attendance. Guests were Dawn Marie Skjelmosed, Jackie Miranda and Joanna Kennedy. Recognized for birthdays were Iris Varner, … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County Special Olympics celebrates 43 years
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto County Special Olympics just completed its 43rd year of providing year-round sports training and competition for DeSoto County residents with intellectual disabilities. We added bocce to our sports, with … Find out how to read more online.
A Night Among the Stars
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto County tonight honors its teachers and staff at the Turner Agri-Civic Center. A Night Among the Stars recognizes teachers with DeSoto County schools — rookies and veterans — and … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
Those Arcadia students named to the South Florida State College fall semester President’s List include: Safari Akins, Romualdo Albiter Aguilar, Hollie Altman, Edith Andrade, Allan Avila, Rachel Baker, Kimberly Balbino, … Find out how to read more online.
Happy birthday, Nathaniel!
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM

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Cops: Robber ditched disguise, returned to murder scene
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Trent Bartol-Thomas was killed while trying to stop armed robbers, according to North Port Police Department reports. Bartol-Thomas, 19, was shot in the upper left shoulder by … Find out how to read more online.
Knights, Bengals view for top spot in flag football
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — It looks like it will be a two-team race in the Under Armour flag football upper division. The Bengals and the UCS Knights are both 2-0 in that … Find out how to read more online.
Spring youth tackle football begins soon
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Youth football is becoming almost a year-round activity in North Port. The North Port Youth Athletic Club’s new spring tackle football season will open with games in … Find out how to read more online.
Flu activity increasing in Charlotte, Sarasota counties
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
Influenza activity in Charlotte and Sarasota counties is mild but increasing, Florida Department of Health officials said Tuesday. Hospitals in the area also are seeing more flu cases this year, … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda to decide on Vivante project
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In what is expected to be a packed house, the Punta Gorda City Council will hear a proposal this morning to build a navigable canal at a … Find out how to read more online.
Zoning approved for historic church move
Thu  Jan 18 2018 10:28AM
SOUTH VENICE — Without any ado, Sarasota County commissioners approved the zoning change the Lemon Bay Historical Society needed to move the Green Street Church and Museum. Commissioners decided to … Find out how to read more online.
County, city leaders gather Friday
Thu  Jan 18 2018 10:29AM
NORTH PORT — The region’s municipalities will soon be able to experience North Port’s newest addition in the city: the Suncoast Technical College. A slew of boards will come under … Find out how to read more online.
North Port area named among ‘best performing cities’
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — It is starting to become a theme. Every month the North Port area crops up among a slew of bigger, larger metros on a “best place” list. … Find out how to read more online.
Dancing at the middle school
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
Woodland Middle School and its dance director, Andrea Donza, recently presented the school’s “Winter Dance Showcase” at the school cafeteria. Students in all grade levels at the middle school took … Find out how to read more online.
Kiwanis honors North Port fire chief
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Kiwanis Club of North Port lauded North Port Fire Chief William Taaffe for his 15 years of service to the community. Taaffe is retiring from the … Find out how to read more online.
Today’s NAACP
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
When white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida, the president of the Florida State NAACP, Adora Obi Nweze, did not call for members of his organization to … Find out how to read more online.
Tale of 2 budgets Salaries drive sheriffs’ increases
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
Equipped with a $65 million budget, representing a 6.7 percent increase from last fiscal year, Sheriff Bill Prummell is going into 2018 with plans to stay a step ahead of Charlotte County’s expected … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Port Charlotte man kidnapped children
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A Port Charlotte man was arrested after kidnapping two children and their mother in North Port, according to North Port Police Department reports. Aaron Gainer, 27, 1300 … Find out how to read more online.
Nav-A-Gator Grill sold, keeping diner’s fun character, energizing the menu
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
Port Charlotte’s Jesse and Shauna Shows have taken ownership of the Nav-A-Gator Grill in Lake Suzy in northwestern DeSoto County. The young couple and a childhood friend are focused on … Find out how to read more online.
Smith Brown Community Foundation holds Monday ground-breaking
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
The Smith Brown Community Foundation held a ground-breaking ceremony for phase 1 of the Smith Brown project on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was Monday. The ceremony was … Find out how to read more online.
‘Florida Native Plants That The Pioneers Used’ a must-see library exhibit
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
Florida native plants that the pioneers used: an exhibit Florida native plants — and their uses as building materials, food, and medicine — are the focus of a new exhibit … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County school district honored
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
The Florida School Boards Association has recognized DeSoto County schools with a Master Board Program certificate for completing governance team training for the school board and superintendent. The leadership curriculum … Find out how to read more online.
Council honors lost friend, Mike Waller a DeSoto County son
Thu  Jan 18 2018 08:30AM
There was a grayness over the normal upbeat flavor at Tuesday’s city council meeting. It’s the council’s habit to allow Deputy Mayor Jaccarie Simons to offer a blessing before things … Find out how to read more online.
Cold shelter opening in Charlotte County
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
The Homeless Coalition will be opening up its doors tonight to anyone seeking shelter from the cold. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures near to below freezing. Located at … Find out how to read more online.
Ainger volleyball falls to Murdock
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The L.A. Ainger Middle School girls volleyball team battled with host Murdock in an unusual match Jan. 9. Murdock had the match start at 10:30 a.m. so students … Find out how to read more online.
Youths participate in North Port baseball camp
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — If anyone doubted that the 2018 North Port Little League season is just around the corner, they could see all the action at the Atwater Community Park … Find out how to read more online.
Two in serious condition following crash
Thu  Jan 18 2018 10:27AM
SOUTH VENICE — Two people were severely injured after a collision on State Road 776 between Englewood and Venice. Shirley Morgan, 79, was driving east on Loyola Road near S.R. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Symphony, from Rome to Broadway
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra took its audience Sunday evening on a symphonic world tour from 19th Century Italy to 20th Century Broadway, traveling among the known and the relatively unknown, … Find out how to read more online.
Local Winn-Dixie raises $10,000 in food for the hungry
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Palm Plaza Winn-Dixie store held a holiday food drive to help feed local families for the seventh year in a row. The store raised money selling $10 … Find out how to read more online.
Airshow awards three scholarships
Wed  Jan 17 2018 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Florida International Airshow and Air Trek, Inc. recently awarded three $500 scholarships to three students of Southern Technical College. Dana Carr, president of the Florida International Airshow … Find out how to read more online.
16th Annual Cracker Fair
Thu  Jan 18 2018 10:39AM
The storm was a “litard knot floater.” Mike Miller, with Florida-Backroads-Travel.com, quotes his friend Howard who is a Florida Cracker. A Cracker is a true native Floridian. Mike says Crackers … Find out how to read more online.
Today’s NAACP
Tue  Jan 16 2018 08:30AM
When white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida, the president of the Florida State NAACP, Adora Obi Nweze, did not call for members of his organization to … Find out how to read more online.


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