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School district reserve funds dip dangerously low
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:30AM
A report issued last week paints a gloomy picture of the DeSoto County School District’s finances. According to a Nov. 9 report by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, … Find out how to read more online.
Enjoy week of holiday cheer, local history
Sun  Nov 29 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The first week of December is always the busiest time of year here. It features just about every holiday celebration imaginable, from parades to decorated home tours … Find out how to read more online.
Thanksgiving weekend brings in sunshine to Southwest Florida
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:30AM
Even though it’s Thanksgiving, and it’s snowing in other places, Southwest Florida residents may still have to wear their sunglasses. “It’s going to be mostly sunny every day, and mostly … Find out how to read more online.
Chamber dinner honors achievements
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual banquet Nov. 19, and honored both Judge James Parker and the Sun Bulb Company. Parker was presented with the lifetime achievement award. … Find out how to read more online.
RCMA suspends some services, after complaints
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:30AM
For the next three weeks, RCMA (Redlands Christian Migrant Association) is suspending the Head Start program for four classrooms of 3- and 4-year-old children at the Smith Brown Child Development … Find out how to read more online.
City sets goals for long-term improvements
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:30AM
Real changes begin with a shift in attitude and atmosphere, and the Arcadia City Council and staff are working together to bring tangible results to the city and its residents. … Find out how to read more online.
brings out colorful personalities
Sun  Nov 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Torrey Mead knew it was going to be a good birthday when he got to pose for a photo with two of the three winners of the Hooters … Find out how to read more online.
Audit firm praises city’s financial condition
Thu  Nov 19 2015 08:30AM
Three years after being placed on the state Legislative Audit Committee’s watch list, Arcadia’s finances have rebounded in a big way according to the results of its most recent audit. … Find out how to read more online.
Thanks to our veterans for their service
Thu  Nov 19 2015 08:30AM


Turn to page 12 for more photos from the Veterans Day Parade.

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Charlotte health department chief resigns
Sun  Nov 29 2015 04:40PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Dr. Henry Kurban, director of the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County, is leaving his post for a job in New York. Kurban, who was hired … Find out how to read more online.
Heat wave continues this week
Mon  Nov 16 2015 08:30AM
It’s November, winter items are already on display in stores for Christmas, but it doesn’t even feel like autumn yet in Southwest Florida. “It’s going to be hot,” said Andrew … Find out how to read more online.
Paddlefest kicks off competitive week
Sun  Nov 29 2015 04:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — They yelled “Go, Hail Storm, go, go!” as Hayley Kabana paddled across the finish line. The 21-year-old is part of a team called the Silver Sharks, made up … Find out how to read more online.
County lifts ban on pain clinics
Thu  Nov 12 2015 08:30AM
In a 3-2 vote, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners removed the moratorium on pain management clinics operating within the county limits. County Attorney Donald Conn recommended the board lift … Find out how to read more online.
Heron Creek Middle backtracks on field trip
Thu  Nov 12 2015 02:50PM
NORTH PORT — Heron Creek Middle School has opened a field trip opportunity — originally proposed as an award for good behavior for African-American students only — to all students … Find out how to read more online.
School district receives more complaints
Thu  Nov 12 2015 08:30AM
Yet another complaint about the DeSoto County School District was filed with the Florida Department of Education, said School Board member Karen Chancey. “The office of the Inspector General received … Find out how to read more online.
New judge will feel right at home
Thu  Nov 12 2015 08:30AM
For Kimberly Carlton Bonner, taking over as 12th Circuit Judge in DeSoto County feels like coming home. She grew up in Sarasota County, in an area called Sidell, just over … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans Day should be mostly sunny and clear
Mon  Nov 9 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents attending Veterans Day commemorations can salute the flag under mostly sunny skies. “We’re going to have a chance the first part of the week of a frontal … Find out how to read more online.
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Red tide levels linger
Sun  Nov 29 2015 08:30AM
The noxious red tide algae haven’t completely disappeared from local waters, but concentrations do not appear to be thickening. Manasota Key proved fortunate with no signs of red tide at … Find out how to read more online.
Budget cuts hit programs for adults with disabilities
Sun  Nov 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Maureen Morris-Forensky recalls her son’s reaction when she told him night school was canceled. “He said to me, in this sad little voice: ‘Maybe, September there will … Find out how to read more online.
Open Road hosting dinner for those in need
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:30AM
Today, Open Road is opening its doors for a special occasion. Owners Rick Young and Fire James are hosting their annual Thanksgiving feast at approximately 5 p.m. for patrons who … Find out how to read more online.
Lions, Tigers and Bears to hold open house
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:30AM
Lions, Tigers and Bears is hosting the first of several open houses to raise money to help with the cost of caring for the facility’s wide array of exotic animals … Find out how to read more online.
Turkey giveaway helps Habitat and Toys for Tots
Thu  Nov 26 2015 08:30AM
Williamson Realty of Arcadia helped the community for Thanksgiving on Monday morning by giving out free turkeys for a donation of a toy or a tool. The unwrapped toy donations … Find out how to read more online.
Airman traveled the world, kept the Air Force connected
Mon  Nov 23 2015 08:30AM
Ray Wiseman joined the U.S. Air Force at 17 because he couldn’t see a future for himself in his hometown. “It was 1951 and there was no work in the … Find out how to read more online.
Waterfest draws local excitement
Fri  Nov 20 2015 07:19PM
ENGLEWOOD — Ralph Young’s phone buzzes and rings at all hours. In addition to the meetings and organizational tasks, Young is in charge of the Wet Pits for the Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County celebrates Farm-City Week at AgFest banquet
Thu  Nov 19 2015 08:30AM
Each year during the week before Thanksgiving, agricultural producers join with urban residents to celebrate their mutual relationships. Farm-City Week, a national observance, also emphasizes the importance of domestic agricultural … Find out how to read more online.
Retailers go early for Black Friday
Mon  Nov 16 2015 06:39PM
In November and December, the National Retail Federation predicts shoppers will spend $630 billion. Some of those sales will come from stores in the region. Many local big-box chains already … Find out how to read more online.
Marine received Congressional Gold Medal for segregated service in WWII
Mon  Nov 16 2015 08:30AM
A commendation and Congressional Gold Medal hangs on the living room wall of retrired Marine Corps Pvt. John Newton’s apartment at Regency House in Port Charlotte. The Congressional Gold Medal, … Find out how to read more online.
Water, water, everywhere ... for now
Sun  Nov 29 2015 04:40PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– People may think of the beach when they think of Florida, but the state’s steady supply of fresh water is just as important. And despite watering restrictions … Find out how to read more online.
Patchy, but higher red tide counts
Mon  Nov 16 2015 04:30PM
ENGLEWOOD — Red tide algae persist in local waters, but the concentrations remain patchy. Concentrations of red tide — Karenia brevis — turned up in very low to high concentrations … Find out how to read more online.
The Arcadian wins 10 awards in state press contest
Thu  Nov 12 2015 08:30AM
Your local newspaper, The Arcadian, came away from the 2015 Florida Press Club contest with an impressive 10 awards in the Class D category (based on circulation figures). The list … Find out how to read more online.
Police serve search warrant in case
Fri  Nov 20 2015 07:41PM
PUNTA GORDA — Late Friday night, the Punta Gorda Police Department, with the Charlotte County SWAT team backing them up, executed a search warrant at 2105 Deborah Drive, as part … Find out how to read more online.
Officer stayed in the Army, sent to Vietnam
Mon  Nov 9 2015 08:30AM
After a 14-month tour in Korea in the early 1960s, and five years as a small-arms training instructor with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Benning, Ga., Tom Block, now … Find out how to read more online.