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Gary: ‘I’m not running for re-election’
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
Karyn Gary dropped a bombshell at Tuesday afternoon’s DeSoto County School Board meeting, announcing she would not seek a second term as the Superintendent of Schools. As the board sat … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
“Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road … ,” are the lyrics to a song in one of America’s most adored films, “The Wizard of Oz.” Memorial … Find out how to read more online.
History mystery: Own Parker building
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
(Editor’s note: This is part two in a three-part series.) The Owen Henry Parker family owned the two-story building at 15 W. Oak St. for nearly 100 years. What stores … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership DeSoto Class VII graduates
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
Leadership DeSoto held the Class VII Graduation and Alumni event May 19. During the celebration the Inaugural Leadership DeSoto Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Mary Kay Burns. The award … Find out how to read more online.
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Bedbugs in Tampa college classrooms
Sat  May 28 2016 01:19AM
TAMPA (AP) — The University of South Florida is dealing with an infestation of bedbugs. The Tampa Bay Times reports that instead of invading USF’s beds or dorms, the bugs have infested its classrooms. USF officials say six classrooms and … read more.

Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes
Fri  May 27 2016 09:04PM
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of … read more.

Rate hikes looming for Florida businesses after court ruling
Sat  May 28 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida regulators are being asked to approve a whopping 17.1 percent rate hike in insurance premiums paid by the state’s business owners to cover their employees. The agency that submits rate filings on behalf of insurance companies filed … read more.

Under new rules, an American couple finally has a word for Haitian child: daughter
Sat  May 28 2016 01:19AM
The first time Dan and Julie Cruz met the little girl with the wide eyes and the bright smile, she looked up, stretched out her arms and silently motioned to be picked up. “It was an awesome moment,” recalled Dan, … read more.

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Community meets new extension agent
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
If you need information on how to raise a happy, healthy animal, go to the Extension Service building at 2150 N.E. Roan Street. There you will be introduced to DeSoto County’s new Extension agent, Deanna Thompson. She will be in … Find out how to read more online.

Backer announces run for school board
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
I am excited to announce my candidacy for the office of District 4 DeSoto County School Board. Past Board member Bill Stanko advised last July that he would be resigning in the fall and thought I would be interested in … Find out how to read more online.

Enjoy summertime fun and be ‘poison safe’
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
With summer just around the corner we anticipate picnics, cookouts, and other outdoor fun will become a priority. But this fun can easily be spoiled by poisonings due to changes in routines, especially for children who tend to spend more … Find out how to read more online.

State recognizes top STEM students
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
The state’s highest-achieving eleventh grade STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) scholars from each school district were the focus at an annual recognition and recruitment event yesterday and today in Orlando. The two-day Sunshine State Scholars conference, presented by Lockheed … Find out how to read more online.

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