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Heavy rains expected
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Erika lost steam over the weekend as it collided with Hispaniola’s mountainous terrain and Cuba tore it apart. The storm claimed at least 20 lives and caused widespread … Find out how to read more online.
Former airman refueled planes in flight
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
Mike Raymond, commander of Post 110 American Legion in Port Charlotte, contends he had “the best job in the Air Force” as a boom operator on a 707 jet refueling … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO: Bank robber sought
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit currently is investigating a bank robbery at the Charlotte State Bank, 1100 Tamiami Trail, Murdock. At approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday, a suspect … Find out how to read more online.
Life after child abuse
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series. Blame. Guilt. Isolation. All three negative feelings are commonly felt by victims of child abuse — or any abuse — … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Cares closer to helping homeless with services
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
The effort of many people over almost two years has resulted in the implementation of a plan to establish services for DeSoto County’s on-the-street homeless people. DeSoto Cares Homeless Services … Find out how to read more online.
Not Just Frames opens on West Magnolia
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
Not Just Frames, a new store next to Magnolia Seafood, celebrated its grand opening on Friday with a festive party. The store is owned by Bob Grinis, who used to … Find out how to read more online.
Airman helped woman recapture world speed flying record
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts of French’s story. George E. French of Venice Golf & Country Club was a B-24 “Liberator” bomber pilot in the Pacific … Find out how to read more online.
Now Showing: Safety first at Regal Cinemas
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Duewa Zimbi hasn’t been to the movies in years. But she was ready for some big-screen entertainment Saturday at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall. And that’s … Find out how to read more online.
Street repairs focus of city workshop
Thu  Aug 20 2015 08:30AM
Arcadia’s streets may finally see serious improvements next year thanks to the dedication of $1 million to begin road repair/repaving work in the city’s preliminary 2015-16 budget. City Administrator Terry … Find out how to read more online.
Historical Society hosts World War II panel
Thu  Aug 20 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County Historical Society sponsored a panel discussion of World War II veterans Thursday, to coincide with commemorations of the end of World War II some 70 years ago. … Find out how to read more online.
Budget poll results
Thu  Aug 20 2015 08:30AM
Two weeks ago, we published a poll asking our readers what county services they’d be willing to sacrifice on a temporary basis to help reign in the county’s budget costs. … Find out how to read more online.
Historical Society dinner features storyteller
Thu  Aug 20 2015 08:30AM
Storyteller Dr. Caren S. Neile will present “Short Takes: A Grab Bag of Florida Short Stories” to the Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Calvary Baptist Church, … Find out how to read more online.
County budget gets small cuts
Thu  Aug 13 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners made the first adjustments to its 2015-16 budget during a workshop Tuesday, with small cuts ranging from the Sheriff’s Office to the Road and … Find out how to read more online.
Weather created a sloppy mess at Ranch Rodeo
Thu  Aug 13 2015 08:30AM
Rain was to blame for the sloppy conditions created at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena, the scene of the July 31-Aug. 1 Ranch Rodeo. Nevertheless, just as cowboys and cowgirls go … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital OKs Raymond James retainer
Thu  Aug 13 2015 08:30AM
More than a year after first shelving it, the DeSoto Memorial Hospital board of directors voted unanimously last Thursday to hire financial firm Raymond James to find a potential partner … Find out how to read more online.
Leaf in Leon, Mary in Miami
Sun  Aug 9 2015 08:30AM
When an off-duty law officer was out jogging and spotted a teenager handing off a marijuana joint to his girlfriend, he had a couple of choices. He could call in … Find out how to read more online.
Soldier crewed 155mm howitzer in Vietnam
Mon  Aug 10 2015 08:30AM
Even though Dominic Socci saw little of the enemy because he was part of a 155 mm howitzer crew that sat back from the front lines 5 miles or more, … Find out how to read more online.
City adopts rollback rate as tentative millage
Thu  Aug 6 2015 08:30AM
Despite still being without a preliminary budget for 2015-16, the Arcadia City Council voted 4-1 to adopt a tentative millage at the rollback rate of 8.9586. The number is a … Find out how to read more online.
Fisherman snags 50 pounds of cocaine
Tue  Aug 11 2015 06:14PM
A local man fishing out in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday night reeled in a package containing more than 50 pounds of cocaine, potentially worth more than $10 million. The fisherman … Find out how to read more online.
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Local nonprofits look to Giving Challenge
Mon  Aug 31 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Hitting the donate button at 2:26 a.m. could mean an extra $5,000 added to one lucky supporter’s charity during the upcoming Giving Challenge. The Giving Challenge is … Find out how to read more online.
‘An atmosphere of fear’
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board voted unanimously to request an independent investigation concerning several key district directors who have been put on administrative leave or who have resigned, alleging bullying … Find out how to read more online.
crisis
Sun  Aug 30 2015 08:30AM
While like-minded politicians in Tallahassee shrug off proposals for health care solutions, there are patients in the tricounty area dying of curable diseases. “It’s heartbreaking to watch a 21-year-old with … Find out how to read more online.
Budget cuts dominate county workshop
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
Heading into its first public hearing for eventual approval of the 2015-16 budget, the Board of County Commissioners turned heads Tuesday when it directed staff to find $1.2 million in … Find out how to read more online.
Danny weakened, no threat to area expected
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Hurricane Danny weakened to a tropical storm over the weekend, and is now unlikely to have any impact at all on Southwest Florida. “It just won’t effect this area,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Area rates among highest in FLORIDA
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Rebecca L. Edwards said she was 6 when her stepfather began to sexually abuse her — a crime Edwards said … Find out how to read more online.
Child Protection Center notes growing needs of North Port
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
A butterfly garden and bronze statue of children swinging from tree limbs welcomes families into the Child Protection Center in Sarasota who feel less than welcome in their own homes. … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle nests keep on hatching
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:03PM
ENGLEWOOD — Linda Soderquist had a welcomed surprise this week. “A couple of new nests and ‘surprise hatches’ this week boosted our numbers,” she said. She’s the primary permit holder … Find out how to read more online.
Construction begins on McSwain Park renovation
Thu  Aug 20 2015 08:30AM
After several years of planning and engineering, work has finally started on the McSwain Park renovation project. And by early next year, it will feature a new splash pad. The … Find out how to read more online.
Bulldogs’ football kicks off with tailgate party
Thu  Aug 20 2015 08:30AM
Football season begins tomorrow night with the Kickoff Classic at DeSoto County High School. To get everyone in the spirit, Arcadia Main Street is hosting a Tailgate Party from 5 … Find out how to read more online.
Too-popular barbecue back again this weekend
Thu  Aug 20 2015 08:30AM
Sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. Such was the case for Robert Evans last week. He planned a barbecue fundraiser for his 14-year-old son, Cameron, who … Find out how to read more online.
Putnam, wounded veterans paddle the Peace
Thu  Aug 13 2015 08:30AM
Operation Outdoor Florida staffers Ned Water and David Hunt organized a paddle trip on the Peace River as the perfect way to highlight the recreation opportunities in DeSoto County for … Find out how to read more online.

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Schools receive accreditation; traffic snarls mar first day of class
Thu  Aug 13 2015 08:30AM
School Superintendent Karyn Gary announced during Tuesday’s School Board meeting that the district earned accreditation from the Advance-ED Accreditation Commission. Gary noted the status applies to all of the district … Find out how to read more online.
Normal summertime weather expected this week
Mon  Aug 10 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents saw a lot of morning rain in late July, but they can expect the usual afternoon-to-evening showers this week. “We’ll have mostly sunny skies in the morning, … Find out how to read more online.
The Great Bay Scallop Search endures
Mon  Aug 10 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Betty Staugler looked skyward at the menacing dark clouds heading toward her. As the University of Florida/Charlotte County Extension Sea Grant agent, Staugler was conducting the annual bay … Find out how to read more online.
Man critical after US 41 truck-vs.-bicycle crash
Fri  Aug 7 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 25-year-old local man was left in critical condition Thursday after he was hit by a Dodge Ram while trying to cross U.S. 41 on his motorized … Find out how to read more online.
Making the cut: Should we sacrifice service for savings?
Thu  Aug 6 2015 08:30AM
As word of the Board of County Commissioners’ decision to increase taxes through a new law enforcement Municipal Service Taxing Unit spread last week, reactions from residents across DeSoto was … Find out how to read more online.