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Making the grade
Wed  Apr 23 2014 08:06PM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
From last to top three: A-Team makes DeSoto proud
Wed  Apr 23 2014 04:40PM
DeSoto County High School’s A-Team (Academic Team) placed in the top three in a state academic competition held at Disney. Teacher Andrew Hagen told the School Board Tuesday the team … Find out how to read more online.
Bills to compensate Richardson for wrongful imprisonment advance
Wed  Apr 23 2014 04:40PM
James Joseph Richardson, who spent more than 20 years in a state prison before being freed in 1979, is closer to being compensated for his prison time. A Florida Senate … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Decision: Affirmative action ban OK
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a … read more.

High court eyes Internet TV
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the Internet. The high court heard arguments … read more.

Republican Curt Clawson wins special GOP primary
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
FORT MYERS — The former CEO of an aluminum wheel company won a Republican primary Tuesday in a special election for the seat of a congressman who resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine. Curt Clawson, 54, defeated … read more.

Legislature argues Florida DCF budget
Wed  Apr 23 2014 01:19AM
MIAMI — After dozens of child abuse-related deaths, Florida lawmakers may add money for nearly 200 new child protective investigators and other services, but critics worry the proposal overlooks funding to treat mental health and substance abuse problems that are … read more.

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More Local News
County receives $1.8 million windfall
Wed  Apr 23 2014 04:40PM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners learned Tuesday of nearly $2 million in additional funding made available through a previously restricted fund. Administrative Services Director Linda Nipper told the board the county’s auditing firm alerted staff to the additional funding, … Find out how to read more online.


The feathers of frustration
Wed  Apr 23 2014 04:40PM
A few weeks ago, Karen Smoke penned an insightful Over the Garden Gate column about wild turkey behavior. Reading her piece, one sentence in particular caught my eye: “Meleagris gallopavo is known for its crafty and secretive nature.” I couldn’t … Find out how to read more online.

Volunteers empower children through Guardian ad Litem
Wed  Apr 23 2014 05:00PM
The Guardian ad Litem Program began service to the children in DeSoto County during the 1980s with two volunteers. Originally, Guardian ad Litem was a county level entity that served the interests of children during a divorce. Early in this … Find out how to read more online.

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