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Fertilizer vs. environment
Sat  Sep 20 2014 07:01PM
As a man haphazardly sprinkles fertilizer on the lawn of his waterfront home, he’s tackled by a swamp monster. A clueless woman flinging chemicals on her flowers also is taken … Find out how to read more online.
City adopts tentative budget, millage
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council took its first step toward officially setting the city’s 2014-15 millage and budget, approving both in separate 4-1 votes Tuesday night. The council adopted a tentative … Find out how to read more online.
Flu shots available at Peace River Campground
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
It’s that time of year. Flu vaccinations are again available. Here’s an easy and convenient way to get your annual flu vaccination, something federal health officials strongly advise for everyone … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO confirms victim’s ID
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Authorities on Wednesday confirmed the identity of the man whose body was found Tuesday on Salisbury Street, but otherwise remained tight-lipped about the ongoing homicide investigation. “Very … Find out how to read more online.
Bud Gerow served with ‘Merrill’s Marauders’ in Burma during WWII
Tue  Sep 16 2014 02:46PM
“Merrill’s Marauders” is what newspaper reporters who covered their exploits a lifetime ago during World War II called them. Officially they were the “5307th Composite Unit Provisional,” a long-range penetration … Find out how to read more online.
Car thieves hit brakes
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell recently stated he has noticed “a strange phenomenon” — people leaving their keys in the car. “(That behavior is) not really a good idea, as … Find out how to read more online.
School Board gets a taste of new testing
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
No more sharpened No. 2 pencils. No more filling in the circle. No more erasures. DeSoto County School Board members were given a taste of what standardized testing will be … Find out how to read more online.
Hunger relief forum introduces Florida’s ‘Roadmap to Living Healthy’
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
Last week, the Mosaic Company hosted its second annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum in Bradenton at Renaissance on 9th, bringing together local, state and national policymakers and nutrition experts to help … Find out how to read more online.
Bob Weiler was aboard a B-29 bomber shot down over Japan
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
Bob Weiler was the left waist-gunner on a B-29 Flying Fortress dubbed “Sky Scrapper,” part of the 44th Bomb Squadron, 40th Bomb Group, 20th Air Force, based on Guam in … Find out how to read more online.
Bishop Nevins remembered
Sat  Sep 6 2014 05:19PM
VENICE ­­— As a red-haired boy of 8, long before he entered religious life, the Most Rev. John Nevins posed for Norman Rockwell, who was painting “The Census Taker” for … Find out how to read more online.
Fighting fires out west challenges local Forest Rangers
Thu  Sep 4 2014 08:00AM
Three area Forest Rangers were among many firefighters from across the nation who were called on recently to help battle massive blazes out west. From the Myakka River District which … Find out how to read more online.
County tables Sonoma Preserve plans for now
Thu  Sep 4 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners Thursday night tabled review of plans for a 999-unit residential development called Sonoma Preserve in the Lake Suzy area over concerns that notice to … Find out how to read more online.
Beach it early to avoid holiday rain
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE— Beachgoers and grill masters should get the holiday fun started early Labor Day if they want to avoid those pesky afternoon Florida showers and downpours throughout the area … Find out how to read more online.
Newcomer, incumbent win DeSoto School Board races
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:59AM
DeSoto voters elected newcomer Daniel Via to the county’s School Board Tuesday, while incumbent Ronny Allen was awarded another term in office. Via, who has no political experience, narrowly edged … Find out how to read more online.
Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Mon  Sep 8 2014 07:35PM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from … Find out how to read more online.
School Board clarifies policy on district transfers
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved one request for a student to transfer out of the district, and disapproved another, giving some insight to its position on out-of-district transfers. Board … Find out how to read more online.
Wyld served 41 years in Navy Reserve aboard 21 ships
Mon  Aug 25 2014 08:00AM
During his 41 years in the Naval Reserve, Chief Warrant Officer-4 Bill Wyld Jr. may have served on more ships than just about anyone in the service. From 1948 until … Find out how to read more online.
School’s back in session
Mon  Aug 18 2014 08:00AM
Thousands of students from Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties are heading back to school today, and authorities are reminding drivers to remain vigilant and watch their speeds. “It can sometimes … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County school officials are investigating a security breach after a man reportedly accessed the cafeteria at Punta Gorda Middle School Tuesday and told an officer he … Find out how to read more online.
Today is National Cheeseburger Day
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:26PM
A teriyaki-glazed pineapple-mango combination dripped onto Ashley McCalley’s hand while attempting to bite into her Tiki burger at Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar. With a half pound of beef, salsa, … Find out how to read more online.
Barry Tarleton: On the sidelines of history
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
Almost everyone has seen the video from September 11, 2001, showing the moment when White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer leans over to tell President George W. Bush that a … Find out how to read more online.
NAACP Youth Symposium delivers positive message
Thu  Sep 18 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted a Youth and Young Adult Empowering Symposium on Sept. 6 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist … Find out how to read more online.
All Faiths vegetables coming to Englewood
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — More than 30 people stood in line Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Sarasota Hope Center waiting for fresh vegetables from All Faiths’ Sprout program. “It’s … Find out how to read more online.
200 years of lyrical pride
Sun  Sep 14 2014 08:00AM
Today is the 200th anniversary of the penning of our national anthem’s words by Francis Scott Key in 1814. The anthem is a staple at patriotic church services, memorial events … Find out how to read more online.
Still waiting for Super Boat audit
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners are hoping to see an audit of the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix held in April — and they want to see it … Find out how to read more online.
9-11 remembrance, 13 years later
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto County Fire Rescue organized a ceremony in observance of Patriot Day at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11. The ceremony will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at DeSoto Veterans Memorial … Find out how to read more online.
Farmers Market returns Oct. 4
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
Arcadia Main Street will kick off the new season of Arcadia’s Farmer’s Market on Oct. 4 at the Tree of Knowledge Park in downtown Arcadia. This is a great opportunity … Find out how to read more online.
Security breaches plague shoppers
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
Home Depot recently announced an increase in unusual activity for some of its credit card users. The Atlanta-based home improvement giant is investigating if hackers are to blame. The difficulty … Find out how to read more online.
Skilled construction tradesmen
Sun  Aug 31 2014 01:04PM
Finding construction work is no longer a problem — the industry is on the mend after the long recession. But finding skilled and experienced tradesmen is a different story. Marcos … Find out how to read more online.
Council reviews personal conduct policy
Thu  Sep 4 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council discussed formally adopting an ordinance first introduced in 2012 that would provide rules of conduct for the council to follow. Councilman Bob Heine wondered if the … Find out how to read more online.
Hines agrees to administrator contract
Thu  Sep 4 2014 08:00AM
The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a contract making Mandy Hines permanent County Administrator. County attorney Don Conn said he’d reached an agreement with Hines, noting it will remain … Find out how to read more online.
Bill Willis had extensive Army career before heading to Vietnam
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the first of two parts. Billy Willis was a command sergeant major, a 30-year man in the U.S. Army — a lifer. The 84-year-old retired … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Mon  Sep 8 2014 07:35PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
Always digging
Sun  Aug 24 2014 08:00AM
Mike Gandy, Kurt Mehl and Mike Vogel technically hold part-time positions, but their jobs never stop. The three detectives — with more than 100 years of combined experience in various … Find out how to read more online.
City, county focus on future
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council got a glimpse into the future Tuesday night after hearing strategic planning strategies from county and city staff. Interim County Administrator Mandy Hines discussed the county’s … Find out how to read more online.
‘Gator’ show snags viewers
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
LAKE SUZY — Arcadia resident Jayson Franklin knows a lot about hunting alligators. That is why when Eric Young, host of Animal Planet’s adventure fishing series “Off the Hook — … Find out how to read more online.