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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
Worries drag stocks lower
Fri  Jul 25 2014 10:10PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week. Two major U.S. companies — the retail giant Amazon … read more.

Ukraine tensions build
Fri  Jul 25 2014 10:10PM
KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. … read more.

Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall
Fri  Jul 25 2014 10:08PM
JERUSALEM — Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its … read more.

Japanese on evolution of ‘Godzilla’
Fri  Jul 25 2014 10:08PM
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fans want it known: The radiation- breathing, skyscraper- stomping monster they call “Gojira” was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago. No matter its evolution in Hollywood over the decades, the Godzilla creature began as … 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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