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More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:00AM
A couple more cold fronts are headed to Southwest Florida, but the work week should be mostly dry except for Monday, according to Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man recalls time in German POW camp
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:00AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story. While serving as a 57 mm gunner in the 106th Infantry Division, part of Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army, in … Find out how to read more online.
Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would … Find out how to read more online.
Advocates push to have killer’s case reheard
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 17, Steven Castanedo of Gulf Cove was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of his friend Juan Tavares. When he gets out of prison, he will … Find out how to read more online.
Planning and Zoning OKs first step for DJJ property
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County’s Planning and Zoning Board recommended an amendment to the county’s Future Land Use Plan that is a first step in the reuse of the former G. Pierce Wood/DeSoto … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Psychiatric Services holds grand opening Jan. 30
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, serving the behavioral and substance abuse needs of Charlotte County, announced it will open a new office in Arcadia in early February. The main campus is … Find out how to read more online.
Pet adoption extravaganza set for Jan. 31
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
Dust off that 1950s poodle skirt, polish up your saddle shoes and get to the Turner Center on Jan. 31 for the annual Adoptathon. DeSoto County’s Animal Services is teaming … Find out how to read more online.
Experts: Plenty of water
Mon  Jan 19 2015 01:46PM
Key members in the regional water-resource community differ in their approaches of how best to prepare for projected water demands. Some say conserve and redirect water, and others argue that … Find out how to read more online.
Cliff Birdsall was Hitler’s ‘guest’ during WWII
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part story. During his freshman year at the University of Ohio in 1943, Cliff Birdsall — now of Punta Gorda — was … Find out how to read more online.
Academy grad: ‘Our futures will be great’
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — “I hope you have your tissue handy if this is your first commencement exercise at The Academy,” principal Jack Ham said to a packed house Friday afternoon in … Find out how to read more online.
City gets primer on admin hiring process
Thu  Jan 15 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council will officially begin its search for a new administrator next week, but it got a head start in the process Tuesday night during a workshop that … Find out how to read more online.
Hudson, Super picked for planning commission
Thu  Jan 15 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the appointments of Larry Hudson and John Super to the county’s Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment. Hudson will fill the Seat 5 opening, … Find out how to read more online.
Breakfast, parade to honor Dr. King’s legacy
Thu  Jan 15 2015 08:30AM
Two events are planned to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Arcadia. On Jan. 17, King’s birthday, a community breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Citrus crops, fruit sizes decrease; droppage increases
Thu  Jan 15 2015 08:30AM
The 2014-2015 Florida orange forecast released this week by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 103.0 million boxes, down 5 percent from December and 2 percent less than last season’s … Find out how to read more online.
Expect rainy but warmer weather until cold front hits
Mon  Jan 12 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents who moved here to get out of the cold should be pleased with temperatures earlier this week, as temperatures move back up again to above normal, but … Find out how to read more online.
Child’s death leads to DCF changes
Mon  Jan 12 2015 08:30AM
The signs were all there. The little girl wasn’t being picked up on time as the daycare was closing. No one would answer the constant calls to come get her. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Library celebrates 40 years
Sun  Jan 11 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — When the first North Port Library was only a two-bedroom General Development Corp. house, the 5,000 donated books in its collection were housed everywhere from the enclosed … Find out how to read more online.
Officials plan for population growth
Mon  Jan 5 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A recently released economic forecast plan projects the area’s population to explode in the next 20 years, with North Port to see a more than 85 percent increase … Find out how to read more online.
Front brings twister
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
MYAKKA STATE FOREST — Seven-year-old Anneliese Corgnell can’t ride to her grandma’s house in Polk County to camp in style anymore. With only a two-minute warning blaring over cellphones inside … Find out how to read more online.
City OKs request for fire merger amendment
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
In a 3-2 vote, the Arcadia City Council approved a request from the county for a five-year extension to decide whether it will use the former Coca-Cola bottling site to … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge filed in Calif. after local man’s death
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A murder charge has been filed in California against a man accused of killing Ricky Platt, 34, who left Punta Gorda four years ago without telling his … Find out how to read more online.
King’s legacy celebrated at NAACP breakfast & parade
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County Branch of the NAACP held its annual breakfast and parade in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Dreams for Our Community” … Find out how to read more online.
Construction begins on downtown project
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
Construction on a project aimed at beautifying the downtown area is finally underway after nearly a decade of planning. Three intersections — Oak St./Polk Ave.; Oak St./Monroe Ave.; and Oak … Find out how to read more online.
JimSpace design kickoff is Jan. 29
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
JimSpace is going to be redesigned, and you can have a say in how it turns out. JimSpace Design Day is set for Jan. 29, and the whole community is … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless census takes place Jan. 24
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
The annual point-in-time census of the homeless in DeSoto County will take place on Jan. 24. The census is being conducted jointly by DeSoto Cares and the DeSoto County School … Find out how to read more online.
Seasonal weather expected with rain
Mon  Jan 19 2015 08:30AM
With “pretty seasonal temperatures,” Southwest Florida residents can look forward to a “great week,” as far as the weather goes, according to meteorologist Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Speak Up for Justice’
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and other violent actions of the bad people, but the … Find out how to read more online.
Water authority finds budget savings
Sun  Jan 18 2015 08:30AM
Looking ahead to the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority’s budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Executive Director Pat Lehman said the authority hopes to save a lot of money. … Find out how to read more online.
Hit-and-runs increase in region
Mon  Jan 12 2015 08:30AM
Traffic investigators in the region have seen an uptick in the number of hit-and-run crashes in the last month, including about a dozen in Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties combined. … Find out how to read more online.
Veteran, POW awarded military medals posthumously
Thu  Jan 15 2015 08:30AM
More than 70 years after Private Arthur L. Derry earned a Prisoner of War medal and two Bronze Stars in World War II, his stepson was finally able to collect … Find out how to read more online.
School Board tables energy-saving contract
Thu  Jan 15 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board, during its meeting Tuesday, tabled a proposed agreement with Cenergistic Inc. that could save the DeSoto County School District a substantial amount of money by … Find out how to read more online.
Starting the new year on a healthy note
Thu  Jan 15 2015 08:30AM
Nearly 100 DeSoto residents pledged to live healthier as part of DeSoto Memorial Hospital’s Lose 2 Win campaign. The kick-off event, held at the Turner Center Exhibit Hall Monday night, … Find out how to read more online.
FDOT rolls out plans for last leg of US 17 four-laning
Thu  Jan 15 2015 08:30AM
The Florida Department of Transportation held an informational meeting last week to tell DeSoto residents what to expect during the widening of the last two-lane stretch of U.S. Highway 17 … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte drug arrests skyrocket in ’14
Sun  Jan 11 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office in 2014 made the most drug arrests in its 93-year history, and the Punta Gorda Police Department about doubled its drug-arrest total from the previous … Find out how to read more online.
Raymond fought at Okinawa in World War II
Mon  Jan 12 2015 07:59PM
Rudy Raymond, like thousands of other guys at the time, was called back into the service when the Korean War broke out. In World War II, he served as a … Find out how to read more online.
Local community colleges on Obama’s ‘free 2 years’ idea: We’ll see
Mon  Jan 12 2015 07:51PM
Representatives from State College of Florida and Florida SouthWestern State College took a wait-and-see attitude to an announcement by President Obama Thursday, in which he proposed making the first two … Find out how to read more online.
Report: CCSO is Fishin’ for thieves
Fri  Jan 9 2015 06:33PM
As of Friday afternoon, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office still was looking for these two men, who are accused of ripping off Fishin’ Franks Bait & Tackle in Charlotte Harbor. … Find out how to read more online.
Stump Pass tricky for boaters
Fri  Jan 9 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Captain Jack Pearson, a lifelong Englewood resident, said the fishing has been good offshore. What’s been trickier than finding grouper and other fish for his customers to catch … Find out how to read more online.