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State firm on health care funding stance
Mon  Mar 30 2015 01:00AM
Despite letters explaining the local health department provides outstanding primary care services to Sarasota and Charlotte county residents, the Florida Surgeon General’s office claims the private sector might still do … Find out how to read more online.
Warm and mostly dry weather expected this week
Mon  Mar 30 2015 01:00AM
Residents celebrating the upcoming holiday with Easter egg hunts or other outdoor activities aren’t likely to have any weather problems. “It looks like a nice spring week across all of … Find out how to read more online.
People from around the world are drawn to Southwest Florida
Sun  Mar 29 2015 08:30AM
Millions of people find themselves drawn to Florida’s white sand beaches and sunny skies each year for vacations and school breaks, but a growing percentage have come to call the … Find out how to read more online.
School Board to consider out-of-district transfer rules
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board is working on changes to its district transfer policy that would likely tighten up the criteria for leaving the district. Before Tuesday’s School Board meeting, … Find out how to read more online.
SR 31 wreck leaves three in serious condition
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:30AM
The Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash on State Road 31 Friday in DeSoto County that sent two people to Lee Memorial Hospital and one to DeSoto Memorial with serious … Find out how to read more online.
A healthy showing
Fri  Mar 27 2015 02:17PM
Sarasota County is one of the healthiest places to live in Florida, but overall quality of life takes a back seat to DeSoto County. Charlotte County is showing improvement but … Find out how to read more online.
A full circle
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
A hometown advantage means a lot in any sport. Just ask any professional ballplayer at the Charlotte Sports Park this spring. They’ll tell you it means a lot. The same … Find out how to read more online.
Services struggle to help area homeless
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — While the state is gearing up to pull funding from the local health department providing primary care services to the most needy, Englewood is seeing an influx in … Find out how to read more online.
Homestead fraud gig may be up
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The number of people claiming homestead exemptions on their property tax bill is on the rise, and so is fraud. Now, Sarasota County is gearing up to … Find out how to read more online.
Data on the fly
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — For years, Punta Gorda Airport officials have touted the airport’s economic benefits to Charlotte County. But little data, if any, exists to quantify those claims. Now officials want … Find out how to read more online.
Placida Seafood Fest: A taste of Florida
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Garry Albritton spent Thursday morning mapping out the locations for the 70 or more vendors who will sell their wares at the annual Placida Seafood Festival Saturday and … Find out how to read more online.
2015 Arcadia Rodeo winners
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
LeftAlign.71LeftAlign.133LeftAlign.252LeftAlign.348LeftAlign.456Bareback Riding Place Score Name Home Horse Winning 1 87 Will Lowe Canyon TX Delta Ship $3,375.54 2 86 Tim O’Connell Zwingle IA Tip Off $2,587.91 3-tie 84 George R. Gillespie IV Hamilton MT Badlands Bay $1,575.25 Austin Foss Terrebonne OR Showdown $1,575.25 5 83 Wyatt Denny Minden NV Full Throttle $787.63 6 82 Kyle Brennecke Grain Valley MO Dry Crop $569.59 7 81 David … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat seeks AmeriCorps applicants
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity has been awarded two AmeriCorps member positions and is looking for motivated and qualified candidates ages 18-24 to serve locally during the 2014-15 service year, … Find out how to read more online.
Girl raises funds for prestigious musical experience
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
Maybe it was the Baby Mozart CDs Brittany Jarvis’s mother played for her as a baby. Or maybe Brittany’s mom, who played the sax in high school, and her dad, … Find out how to read more online.
Warm and sunny weather expected this week
Mon  Mar 16 2015 08:30AM
This may be a good week for Southwest Florida residents to get out and about with partly sunny to sunny skies and no rain in the forecast, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Sunshine’ allows for open meetings, records
Mon  Mar 16 2015 08:30AM
When residents wanted to speak out about not wanting a sidewalk installed near Stump Pass in Englewood, a county employee wanted to close public comment to move the meeting along. … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners fire back at letter writer
Thu  Mar 12 2015 08:30AM
A letter to the editor in last week’s Arcadian prompted several members of the Board of County Commissioners to defend themselves during Tuesday’s meeting. In the letter, Sarah Hollenhorst accused … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors jump to the call of Englewood fire
Fri  Mar 13 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Helen Moore decided to take an afternoon nap Thursday while her husband, Michael, went fishing. It didn’t last long, as Moore was abruptly awakened when someone called out … Find out how to read more online.
CNN Top Stories
Williams: Carriers were hazardous, even during peacetime
Mon  Mar 30 2015 01:00AM
An aircraft carrier deck can be a dangerous place, especially at night, when the blackness is filled with the sounds of planes unseen — the whir of propellers, like a … Find out how to read more online.
Pedal & Play benefits riders and community
Sun  Mar 29 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — For some of the more than 600 riders who joined together in Saturday’s Sixth Annual Pedal & Play in Paradise, the bicycle event was a chance for … Find out how to read more online.
John Deere Gator collides with truck on State Road 70
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:30AM
The Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash on State Road 70 East at Townsend Avenue, DeSoto County, that sent one driver to the hospital in serious condition. According to the … Find out how to read more online.
Links2Success leads tour of colleges, capital
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:30AM
Last week, more than 40 DeSoto County students participated in Links to Success’ Second Annual Spring Break College Tour. Participants included students from Links to Success’ College & Career Prep … Find out how to read more online.
Watch for downtown weekend construction
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:30AM
On Thursday starting at 6 p.m., construction crews will be milling the intersections on Oak Street in downtown Arcadia at both Polk and Monroe in preparation for new asphalt paving. … Find out how to read more online.
March baseball an economic home run
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
For Keith Lewis, spring is the perfect time to fly down from Owings Mills, Md., to hang out with family in Englewood and Sarasota and enjoy the warmer weather. But … Find out how to read more online.
Giving a voice to Holocaust victims
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Max Weisglass was 6 years old when he experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. He’s 78 now. He hasn’t forgotten. He sat in a conference room Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: chance for early-week showers
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Spring, which began Friday, is a traditionally rainy season. And Southwest Florida’s spring is off to a traditional start. “A few showers make Monday,” said WINK-TV Chief … Find out how to read more online.
New rodeo arena clears financial hurdle
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
A new $3 million grant from The Mosaic Company Foundation is the key building block for the long-awaited construction of a new state-of-the-art rodeo arena in Arcadia. “This is a … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay freshman on fast track to fame
Fri  Mar 20 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Most ninth-graders can’t say they have backup dancers for their music videos. They also don’t have to go shopping for a red-carpet dress for a major music awards … Find out how to read more online.
Family-run eatery looking to expand, support community
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — David and his dad, Brian Bourlier, debuted their Buffalo Wings & Rings in North Port in June 2009, at the official end of the Great Recession but still in … Find out how to read more online.
City approves airport master plan
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council unanimously approved a 20-year master plan for the Arcadia Municipal Airport Tuesday night. The plan, which looks at current conditions at the airport and outlines specific … Find out how to read more online.
Martin announces run for Property Appraiser
Thu  Mar 19 2015 08:30AM
Arcadia Realtor Gordon “Mac” Martin announced on Thursday he will be a candidate for the County Property Appraiser office in 2016. He made the announcement during the DeSoto County Chamber … Find out how to read more online.
HOME FOR BASEBALL; FANS AND TEAMS DRAWN TO AREA
Fri  Mar 20 2015 05:44PM
It’s no surprise this area is a good fit for baseball. There are any number of reasons. Foremost, of course, is the weather. Nothing beats playing ball here when there’s … Find out how to read more online.
Caho survived bloody Pacific fights
Mon  Mar 16 2015 08:30AM
Bobbie Caho saw it almost too late. He was on patrol in Okinawa — and admittedly “scared” — when he looked down and spotted a “Japanese soldier with a rifle … Find out how to read more online.
Fishin’ Frank’s reels in top names in fishing gear
Sun  Mar 15 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Gary Loomis, a big fish in the watery realm of fishing tackle design, flew in from Washington state just to attend Saturday’s eighth annual Tent Event at … Find out how to read more online.
CHAT seeks help for area veterans
Fri  Mar 13 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port’s Community Health Action Team had its monthly meeting Wednesday, and community members already were finding ways to help with what new Chairman Sam George said … Find out how to read more online.
Some help for hep C clinic
Thu  Mar 12 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — After struggling to find a sympathetic yet sensible solution to the plight of the Hepatitis C Clinic, the Charlotte Commission seemed willing to extend a financial lifeline to … Find out how to read more online.
Counties eye visitors center
Fri  Mar 13 2015 03:20PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — At a recent summit meeting of officials from six Southwest Florida counties, the Charlotte delegation broached the subject of turning the former Jones Loop rest … Find out how to read more online.