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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.
Changes taking shape at city golf course
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
Since his hire last year, Arcadia Municipal Golf Course Department Head Michael Kotzker has been a man on a mission. Inheriting a course saddled with weeds, disrepair and disgruntled golfers, … Find out how to read more online.
Quilt challenge, art contest held for historic Pine Level
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council in Arcadia is issuing a Call for Art and Quilt Challenge in conjunction with the Pine Level Public Art and Archaeology Day to be held … Find out how to read more online.
School Board: At a glance
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
In an effort to help you, the voter, decide whom to choose in local elections, The Arcadian submitted questionnaires to the candidates running for local offices in contested races (County … Find out how to read more online.
Filmmaker hopes for community support
Tue  Aug 19 2014 04:30PM
NORTH PORT — A local filmmaker is looking for businesses and investors to help get his latest project across the finish line, and hopefully highlight the region and all it … Find out how to read more online.
Guns and mental illness
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
There’s no doubt in 43-year-old Chato B. Stewart’s mind that he’d be dead if he’d had access to a gun that dreadful night in 2004 when he planned to kill … Find out how to read more online.
School boards talk new standards
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
LAKEWOOD RANCH — School boards and staffs from Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties met Wednesday afternoon and shared similar concerns about preparing teachers to instruct — and educating the community … Find out how to read more online.
BOCC sends indigent care tax to ballot
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners removed the final hurdle in DeSoto Memorial Hospital’s quest for a 1/2-cent indigent care sales tax referendum on November’s ballot. In the 5-0 vote, … Find out how to read more online.
County Commission: At a glance
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
In an effort to help you, the voter, decide whom to choose in local elections, The Arcadian submitted questionnaires to the candidates running for local offices in contested races (County … Find out how to read more online.
City, County review budget changes
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council and DeSoto Board of County Commissioners both held budget workshops Tuesday to review adjustments made by staff. 2014-15 county reserves are now projected at more than … Find out how to read more online.
City ponders health insurance changes
Thu  Aug 7 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council reviewed several proposals that would potentially alter healthcare programs for city employees. The Council is looking at potential changes on the heels of a large spike … Find out how to read more online.
Dutch Dutcher was a 9th Division cook in Vietnam
Mon  Aug 11 2014 08:00AM
Dutch Dutcher was a 17-year-old wise guy from Brockton, Mass., when he signed up for the Army with a friend in 1967. “We were going in the service under the … Find out how to read more online.
DMH board delays Raymond James decision
Thu  Aug 7 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Memorial Hospital board tabled discussion of hiring St. Petersburg-based financial firm Raymond James to help find a serious partner for a future sale or merger. The hospital, which … Find out how to read more online.
City copes with three water-line breaks
Thu  Aug 7 2014 08:00AM
The City of Arcadia faced three water line breaks last week, following a day and night of torrential rains, that had city staff scrambling in response. According to City Administrator … Find out how to read more online.
Beach bacteria claims life
Thu  Jul 31 2014 10:10AM
A middle-aged patient died in Sarasota County after contracting an ocean-borne bacterial infection through an open wound, according to the Florida Department of Health. The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, is present … Find out how to read more online.
Clarification
Sat  Aug 2 2014 08:00AM
In the July 17, 2014 issue of The Arcadian, a story about the July 15 City Council meeting misidentified a person who spoke before Council that night. Following a review … Find out how to read more online.
Welcome Brotherhood — and buy a T-shirt
Sat  Aug 2 2014 08:00AM
The 2014 Brotherhood Ride returns to Arcadia Monday at noon when a group of firefighters and law enforcement pedal bikes to the Tree of Knowledge Park. The Brotherhood Ride includes … Find out how to read more online.
County budget loses ground
Sat  Aug 2 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto Board of County Commissioners got their first peek at the proposed 2014-2015 budget, and the initial numbers show another tough year ahead. The 2014-15 projected number is $26,016,270, which … Find out how to read more online.
A winning moment
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A young man, smaller than all his peers but proudly sporting the light blue team jersey, dribbles the ball down the court. He steps up to the … Find out how to read more online.
One dead after plane crashes at beach
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
A plane making an emergency landing crashed at Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday, killing a man on the beach and critically injuring his daughter. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was … 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.
Candidate campaign finance figures
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
The following are candidate campaign finance records The Arcadian pulled from files at the Supervisor of Elections Office. Candidates are required to turn in reports each week documenting contributions and … Find out how to read more online.
Tailgate with the Bulldogs Friday
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia Main Street Program, DeSoto County High Bulldogs, Desoto Art and Humanities Council, Antique Association of Arcadia and the DeSoto County Historical Society are all coming together on Friday … Find out how to read more online.
Joe Comeaux flew C-130 transports in Vietnam
Mon  Aug 18 2014 08:00AM
Joe Comeaux of Punta Gorda got out of high school in ’69, just in time for the last of the Vietnam War. “I was in ROTC in college taking pilot’s … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s suicide rate alarming
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
On a warm, sunny morning in June, an 83-year-old Englewood man walked into Englewood Community Funeral Home on South McCall Road and, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, asked … Find out how to read more online.
10 years later, 10 times stronger
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jeb Bush was live on national television around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 2004 — which happened to be Friday the 13th. The then-governor was addressing Florida residents about Hurricane … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Drunken man wrecks historic chopper
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Almost every day for the last five years, 67-year-old Vietnam War veteran Bill Gard has worked hard to personally restore a piece of history — one … Find out how to read more online.
Party a decade in the making
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current state Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam joined the party Wednesday at Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill in Punta Gorda, which played host … Find out how to read more online.
Many take advantage of Meet-the-Candidates BBQ
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadian thanks Marty Dow, who brought his golden grill and skills to cook the burgers, as well as condiments and supplies to cook the burgers and dogs. We also … Find out how to read more online.
District may charge fee for student athletes
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
Athletic Director Jarrett Zolkos told the School Board Tuesday the high school may start charging athletes a fee to participate in school sports. Zolkos said some other area school districts … Find out how to read more online.
Someone knows what’s in your wallet
Mon  Aug 11 2014 08:00AM
After eating at a North Port restaurant, Linda Cook’s bank alerted her of suspicious activity on her credit card. The credit card number had been used four times in locations … Find out how to read more online.
Churches rebuild after Charley
Sun  Aug 10 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: The Sun is taking a look back as we near the 10th anniversary since Hurricane Charley roared into Charlotte Harbor. We’ll bring you a story each day, culminating … Find out how to read more online.
The long journey home
Thu  Aug 7 2014 08:00AM
Four years ago, Arcadian Shasta Grimes traveled to Haiti in response to the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake that devastated the island country of Haiti. Already racked with rampant poverty and a … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda II jury trial underway
Thu  Aug 7 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — With jury selection expected to be completed Wednesday, the Rotonda II sewer trial may begin as soon as today, to determine the amount of damages Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
School board OKs slight hike in millage rate
Sat  Aug 2 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board adopted a tentative millage rate and budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Finance Director Marcia Saulo presented the budget in a specially called meeting Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
More fighting at antiques meeting
Sat  Aug 2 2014 08:00AM
Frustrated City Administrator Tom Slaughter cut short the second Downtown Business Planning Forum after continued bickering between Arcadia Antiques Association members and business owners hampered progress. The meeting also veered … Find out how to read more online.
Out of many, one:
Sat  Aug 2 2014 08:00AM
E pluribus unum. As an American, we see that Latin phrase on a daily basis, whether we notice it or not. It’s on the back of the $1 bill, on … Find out how to read more online.
Jail gripes gobble staff time
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits … Find out how to read more online.
Keith Jones fought in ‘Battle of the Bulge’
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
Keith Jones was too skinny to get in the Navy in 1942, but the Army took him anyway despite his lack of weight. He became a member of the 87th … Find out how to read more online.