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Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to … Find out how to read more online.
Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to earmark roughly $1.5 million in funding for preliminary water testing in connection with Punta Gorda’s proposed reverse-osmosis plant, provided … Find out how to read more online.
City reviews initial budget
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council got its first look at the 2014-15 budget during a workshop Tuesday, and expressed hope they would not have to raise the millage higher than the … Find out how to read more online.
Gifted student program changes challenged
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
Two frustrated women raised issues Tuesday at the DeSoto County School Board meeting over plans to modify the Gifted program. Superintendent Karyn Gary announced the Gifted program is still included … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
S&P 500 ekes record high
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market eked out a record high Wednesday, as investors weighed positive earnings from the technology industry against disappointing news from Boeing and other companies. Apple’s earnings topped Wall Street expectations, helped by rising shipments … read more.

40 bodies returned to Dutch soil
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:19AM
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. The carefully … read more.

Cease-fire talks advance
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll … read more.

US flights dodge Tel Aviv
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over … read more.

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More Local News
Brotherhood Ride pedals to Arcadia again
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
The Brotherhood Ride will once again make a stop in Arcadia this year as riders from fire, emergency and law enforcement offices pedal their way across Florida. The riders will arrive around noon on Aug. 4 and plan to stop … Find out how to read more online.

Smith Brown Gym group seeks funding
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
State Rep. Ben Albritton toured the Smith Brown Gym Thursday with members of the Smith Brown Community Foundation. Albritton and District Secretary Karen Whaley were invited by Ashley Coone to tour the gym property and learn what the Foundation hopes … Find out how to read more online.

Precious Pearls empowers girls
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
The summer of 2014 kicked off the beginning of The Precious Pearls Project, a nonprofit organization committed to the empowerment of girls in DeSoto County. The Precious Pearls group targets adolescent girls in grades 6 through 8. This group is … Find out how to read more online.

Pine Level history to be celebrated
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
It’s not too early to start preparing for the past. The DeSoto County Historical Society and the Florida Public Archaeology Network West Central Region will host the Pine Level Public Art and Archaeology Day on Oct. 18 to learn more … Find out how to read more online.

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