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Morning showers in forecast for today and Tuesday
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
A weak upper-level weather disturbance coupled with a lower-level front along the Gulf of Mexico is likely to cause rain showers and possible storms during the early morning hours in … Find out how to read more online.
Filling a need
Tue  Jul 15 2014 02:14PM
For children ages 6 and up, the North Port Art Center is offering its usual array of week-long summer camps, where students receive professional instruction in crafts and the fine … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay gridders charged in thefts
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three Lemon Bay High School football players were among four Englewood-area teens arrested this week by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office for their alleged involvement in a string … Find out how to read more online.
School dress codes become more flexible
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
Most parents are rejoicing over the changes in school dress codes for the 2014-2015 school year. In the last School Board meeting, the board adopted a new policy manual relaxing … Find out how to read more online.
Snyder earns certification
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
Deborah “Debby” Snyder, a DeSoto County School Board Member, was recognized as a Certified Board Member on June 13, in Tampa at the Annual Summer Conference sponsored by the Florida … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto schools report card disappointing: Three Fs, one D
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Department of Education released school grades on Friday, and the DeSoto County School District’s report card was not good. In fact, it was downright dismal. All three elementary … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadian, Bauer win state press awards
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Press Association awarded The Arcadian second place in its annual contest to select the best overall weekly publication in the state of Florida. Assistant Editor Steve Bauer also … Find out how to read more online.
Early morning thunderstorms in forecast for mid-week
Thu  Jul 17 2014 12:13PM
Residents around Southwest Florida can expect a typical Florida summertime weather pattern today, but thunderstorms can begin forming in the mornings by mid-week, according to the National Weather Service. A … Find out how to read more online.
Sgriccia was 18 when she signed up to be an Air Corps nurse
Mon  Jul 14 2014 08:00AM
In 1939, the year Marie Sgriccia graduated from high school, the 17-year-old had to wait a year before attending college to become a registered nurse, because they wouldn’t take her … Find out how to read more online.
‘Nothing can stop us’
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:03AM
MURDOCK — When Hurricane Charley rocked the area a decade ago, Rony Charles remembers the storm’s effects. Aside from the physical damage, streets were flooded, and some people were left … Find out how to read more online.
County gets grant funds to promote tourism
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning, has awarded a Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature Tourism Grant to DeSoto County Tourist Development Council for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year, … Find out how to read more online.
Housing Authority goes tobacco-free
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia Housing Authority became smoke-free and tobacco-free as of July 1. Residents and guests now are not permitted to smoke in, or within 10 feet of, their AHA units … Find out how to read more online.
What does $100,000 buy?
Sun  Jul 6 2014 08:00AM
If you’re in the market for a nice three-bedroom home in the $100,000 range, you better start looking. There aren’t many — and they’re going fast. As the home sales … Find out how to read more online.
Longsdon fought North Koreans at Pusan Perimeter
Mon  Jul 7 2014 08:00AM
Steve Longsdon of Rotonda joined the Army at 17, shortly after graduating from high school — just in time for the start of the Korean War. He went from basic … Find out how to read more online.
Let ‘Freedom Swim!’
Sat  Jul 5 2014 08:00AM
ON CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Freedom Swim participants were free to boat, kayak, paddleboard or float across the mouth of the Peace River for the annual Fourth of July event. The … Find out how to read more online.
Firecracker 5K serves up hot family fun
Sat  Jul 5 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Running, jogging, walking and pushing strollers, the 270-plus participants in the city’s annual Firecracker 5K Run dug deep to finish the 3.1-mile race in the hot morning … Find out how to read more online.
Group: Changes not ‘Smart’
Sat  Jul 5 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Friends of Cape Haze group is preparing to file suit if recent changes made to Charlotte County’s land-use plan are adopted. A draft of the revised … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Celebrate independence with care
Thu  Jul 3 2014 08:00AM
Two years ago, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people who were injured by fireworks, according to the most recent data from the National Fire Protection Association. Although … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte evaluates super boat races
Thu  Jun 26 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The waters haven’t completely settled for the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Grand Prix held in April. The event saw 35,000 or more spectators both on and offshore from Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriffs’ roles key
Sun  Jul 20 2014 08:00AM
Members of a human-smuggling organization — including one from Port Charlotte and two from North Port — will be sentenced within the next couple months, after recently being convicted of … Find out how to read more online.
Alert: Missing Child
Fri  Jul 18 2014 06:28PM
Alert: Missing Child:Brianna Newburn, 10yoa, female, white, 4 08, 65lbs.(14251 Chancllor Blvd, Port Charlotte Fl. 1:00PM.07-18-2014. The Charlotte County Sheriff Office request your assistance in locating a missing child, she … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown forum makes slow progress
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
After nearly two hours of personal insults and high tempers, cooler heads finally prevailed during last week’s first Downtown Special Event Planning Series. The forum was intended to give downtown … Find out how to read more online.
Personalities clash over email
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
Tuesday’s City Council meeting turned into a sparring match between City Councilman Joe Fink and Gary Frierson. At issue was an email Frierson purportedly sent to former City Administrator Judith … Find out how to read more online.
DMH honored for birth practices
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto Memorial Hospital was honored by the March of Dimes and the Florida District XII of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for reducing the number of early elective … Find out how to read more online.
Clerk of Courts scores high in FDLE audit
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County Clerk of Courts Office was recently audited by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Clerk of Courts Mitzie W. McGavic says she is extremely proud of the … Find out how to read more online.
500-mile ride raises funds for Traveling Wall
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
It is a foggy Saturday morning and the sun has not yet shown itself over the large oak tree across the road. However, at the Open Road Bar and Grill … Find out how to read more online.
‘Poverty no excuse for poor test scores’
Sun  Jul 13 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Public Schools superintendent Doug Whittaker said studies show poverty plays more of a role in test performance in the U.S. education system than any other factor, including cultural … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates make their case at forum
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
Candidates vying for seats on the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners and School Board gave their opinions on several hot-button community topics during a public forum Tuesday night. The event, … Find out how to read more online.
BOCC handpicks Hines
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners caught many by surprise Tuesday by informally offered the permanent administrator position to Mandy Hines, and directed Attorney Don Conn to enter into contract … Find out how to read more online.
School district tentatively OKs higher millage rate
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved publication of the School District’s tentative 2014-2015 budget and millage rate. Finance Director Marcia Saulo said the tentative millage rate is slightly higher this … Find out how to read more online.
Rats rush day care move
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:03AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Family YMCA is moving some of its child care services due to rats. The organization, which is under the umbrella of the Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Foreclosures hold steady
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:03AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Charlotte County has reached a palatable plateau in the number of foreclosures being filed, registering 59 in June — four more than the previous month, and the … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast calls for afternoon thunderstorms
Thu  Jul 17 2014 12:13PM
Residents around Southwest Florida can expect typical Sunshine State weather, rain and afternoon thunderstorms, for the upcoming week, according to the National Weather Service. “We’re going to hold onto our … Find out how to read more online.
Firecracker Festival sizzles in Englewood
Sat  Jul 5 2014 01:15PM
Englewood’s Firecracker Festival was held Friday on Dearborn Street. The all-day Independence Day party was a day of family fun, water slides, all-American food, live music and great shopping with … Find out how to read more online.
County adjusts lightning policy
Thu  Jun 26 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners made a slight adjustment to its lightning detection enforcement at Brewer Park, allowing the gates to the park to remain open in the future. … Find out how to read more online.
Small world, big hearts
Thu  Jul 3 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Local resident Maureen Vien hasn’t seen her younger brother James Ray since he shipped off to Vietnam in 1968, but she has never forgotten him. And now … Find out how to read more online.
Afternoon thunderstorms should continue through holiday
Mon  Jun 30 2014 08:00AM
Residents of Southwest Florida can expect more of the same weather through the upcoming week and through the holiday, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Tampa office. … Find out how to read more online.
Coy’s star rises
Wed  Jul 9 2014 08:01PM
Ask Chris Coy why he chose acting as a profession and he’ll tell you it gives him a chance to be anyone. “I wanted to be a cop and I … Find out how to read more online.
‘Freak accident’ claims 1
Thu  Jun 26 2014 02:43PM
ENGLEWOOD — When 85-year-old Marian Giordano moved to town a year ago with her 11 cats, her neighbor Alys Arnall stepped up to help feed them often. Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, … Find out how to read more online.