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Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sat  Apr 18 2015 04:24PM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Private sector eyed for primary care
Fri  Apr 17 2015 10:59AM
The state Department of Health is now beginning to make the necessary moves to transition primary care services for Sarasota County residents into the private sector. Rep. Ken Roberson, District … Find out how to read more online.
County OKs Lettuce Lake grant extension
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to extend a grant agreement with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to finish construction projects as part of the Lettuce … Find out how to read more online.
Community quietly remembers Peeples
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although Vernon Peeples was passionate as a politician and historian, those who knew him well said he was a quiet man who kept to himself. As such, … Find out how to read more online.
April events raise awareness of sexual assault
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
The Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center will be at SeaCoast Bank April 29 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. to educate and raise awareness of sexual assault. Not only is it … Find out how to read more online.
Carrying a torch for Special Olympics
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
On April 21, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, Arcadia Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Department of Corrections officers will be joining more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the … Find out how to read more online.
Live Oak residents help Center for the Needy
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
The Live Oak RV Park and Golf Course community came out to help the Center for the Needy on March 27 with their annual end-of-season auction. Led by auctioneer Gary … Find out how to read more online.
‘The death of this gentleman is a tragedy’
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM

Timeline and excerpts from 911 calls obtained by the Sun in the death of a man who was having chest pains on March 20:

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Baptized by fire in Vietnam, Army Airborne officer planned Reagan’s 2nd inauguration
Mon  Apr 13 2015 01:01PM
The most danger Dominic Ruggerio faced during his 30-year Army career came in Vietnam — he arrived with the 101st Airborne Division just ahead of the Tet Offensive — when … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless camp fires spark concern
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As a community policing officer with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, part of Louis Henyecz’s job is to help keep an eye on the local homeless population … Find out how to read more online.
Danger on the horizon
Fri  Apr 10 2015 04:41PM
CAPE HAZE — Stuart James enjoys the view from his condominium overlooking Lemon Bay at the Cape Haze Marina. But what should be a tranquil vista sometimes makes James, a … Find out how to read more online.
City enters into talks with new airport FBO
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council voted 3-2 to begin negotiations with fixed based operator Eagle Vistas LLC for future management of the airport. FBOs are airport service centers responsible for aircraft … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Apr 13 2015 12:31PM
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” The popular 1 Corinthians 13:13 Bible verse is almost always included in wedding ceremonies … Find out how to read more online.
Lights gone, signs up
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
Work is almost complete on two downtown intersections where traffic lights have been replaced with stop signs. At West Oak Street and North Polk Avenue, and Oak and North Monroe … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather, slight chance of showers expected this week
Mon  Apr 6 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may feel a little bit warmer this work week, but they may also want to carry an umbrella just in case it rains. Temperatures will rise a … Find out how to read more online.
Clarence Tuma escaped Germans’ ambush in WWII
Mon  Apr 6 2015 08:30AM
Clarence Tuma spent 31 bitterly cold days and nights just waiting in the Ardennes Forest, gun at the ready when he wasn’t sleeping in miserable foxholes, wondering when the German … Find out how to read more online.
City closing in on airport decision
Thu  Apr 2 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council took a step closer to naming its next airport manager during a workshop held last Thursday. Interim City Administrator Beth Carsten presented the council with three … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff: Recording issue taken ‘very seriously’
Fri  Apr 3 2015 08:30AM
A week has passed since the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation confirming calls from jail inmates to law offices were recorded, then accessed by members of the agency. … Find out how to read more online.
14 dissolved adoptions spark concern
Thu  Apr 2 2015 08:30AM
[This story is reprinted from the Bradenton Herald] MANATEE — Fourteen Manatee County parents have returned adopted children in 22 months, a rate equal to nearly 12 percent of all … Find out how to read more online.
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Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sat  Apr 18 2015 04:32PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities making a comeback
Sat  Apr 18 2015 04:36PM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In … Find out how to read more online.
Area history marches on
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — With both the county and city history centers in transition, it will be awhile before the displays of a shared, storied past tell their tale. The Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto students earn scholarships
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
April 7 marked the start of a bright path for six DeSoto County students who all signed contracts enrolling them into the Take Stock in Children Program. Locally, this program … Find out how to read more online.
RV Parks compete in blood challenge, everyone wins
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
Seasonal residents once again rallied to save lives with SunCoast Blood Bank during the 16th Annual RV Challenge. Twelve RV parks and communities in DeSoto County competed to see which … Find out how to read more online.
Lake Katherine improvements take shape
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
With the installation of new signs recently, Phase I improvements at Lake Katherine are virtually complete. Team Arcadia, with funding assistance from the Mosaic Foundation, has accomplished significant changes to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Summer weather trend’ continues
Mon  Apr 13 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect the “summer weather trend” to continue this week with warmer than normal weather and possible afternoon showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. … Find out how to read more online.
Survey reveals support for incorporation
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Like many respondents to a recent Sun survey on the possible incorporation of Port Charlotte, Addie Parnell doesn’t really have a problem with the level of services … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff speaks about jail recordings
Fri  Apr 10 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell spoke on the issue of privileged recordings late Thursday, the same day the agency released about 200 pages of new documents related … Find out how to read more online.
Relay for Life inspires local survivor
Fri  Apr 10 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Breast cancer survivor Frannie Slagter recalls her son asking her about the small paper bags lit up and placed around the track after sunset at a Relay … Find out how to read more online.
Contractor controversy
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The owner of A.D. Morgan Corporation said Wednesday the Sarasota County School Board’s 4-1 decision Tuesday night to accept superintendent Lori White’s recommended change in the ranking … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte freezes Manasota Key plans
Thu  Apr 9 2015 12:20PM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County is putting a controversial Manasota Key sidewalk plan on hold. Members of the Manasota Key Street and Drainage Advisory Committee board learned of the decision Wednesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Vietnam Wall funds will help veterans
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Committee held its final meeting on March 25 to discuss excess funds from the Wall Event. All members of the committee would like to thank … Find out how to read more online.
Goodman announces run for School Board
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
Sharon T. Goodman announced this week she intends to run for the School Board District 4 seat in the next election. She said it had been a lifelong goal to … Find out how to read more online.
Flood insurance rate hikes about to hit home
Mon  Apr 6 2015 01:52PM
Any day now they’ll start to arrive — flood insurance renewal notices with premiums the likes of which most homeowners have never seen. David Dignam, president of Key Agency in … Find out how to read more online.
‘So much history here’
Mon  Apr 13 2015 12:31PM
PUNTA GORDA — Vietnam veterans Mary Lee and Lee Chalifour first met in the Air Force in 1963, serving with valor. Mary Lee, a nurse, earned three medals; while Lee, … Find out how to read more online.
Fire guts restaurant
Fri  Apr 3 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — An early Thursday morning fire gutted Two Brothers Home Style Cooking on East Marion Avenue, just days before its one-year anniversary. “I just don’t even know what … Find out how to read more online.
First State Bank contributes to rodeo arena
Thu  Apr 2 2015 08:30AM
First State Bank of Arcadia pledged $50,000 over the next five years toward the building of the new rodeo arena. President Tony Guidry said, “The rodeo is such an integral … Find out how to read more online.
County green lights Sonoma rezone
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:30AM
After an eight-hour marathon session that lasted into the wee hours Wednesday morning, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning of the hotly contested Sonoma Preserve property … Find out how to read more online.