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Boaters: Keep an eye out for manatees
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30PM
ENGLEWOOD — An aerial survey in February suggested a record number of more than 6,000 manatees swam in Florida waters. But as 2015 progresses, more manatees are dying from watercraft … Find out how to read more online.
The high cost of inmate care:
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County Sheriff Will Wise told County Commissioners in February that DCSO’s medical expenses to treat prisoners and detainees had topped $210,000. His budget for this fiscal year allotted only … Find out how to read more online.
DMH uses Telestroke — because seconds count
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto Memorial Hospital demonstrated its newest advancement in treating patients who come in with symptoms of a stroke. The new Telestroke program allows DMH staff to connect through live video … Find out how to read more online.
Protecting the Peace
Tue  Jun 30 2015 11:10PM
There are times when the Peace River trickles at a pace. Fishermen don’t need anchors as their vessels float in place. Gators can bask along the banks without even the … Find out how to read more online.
Area ham operators have Field Day with purpose
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Hurricane Charley blew through in August 2004, Dave Hanson was prepared. With not one, but two, solar-powered radio systems at his home, the ham operator was … Find out how to read more online.
County opens door to law enforcement tax
Thu  Jun 25 2015 08:30AM
In a move meant to provide the county with more options to create revenue streams in the future, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the creation … Find out how to read more online.
‘Operation Vittles’
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At the end of World War II, defeated Germany was divided into four sectors — the American zone, the British zone, the French zone and the Russian zone. Although … Find out how to read more online.
All Faiths Food Bank Summer Food Program
Thu  Jun 25 2015 08:30AM
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Danger in the water
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
There have been about a dozen shark attacks off the waters of Florida this year, but health officials recently warned there is something else potentially more dangerous in the water. … Find out how to read more online.
Sunshine State Games help kids stay on track
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Track coach Jonathan Terry can be heard far and wide across Tarpon Stadium, shouting out encouragement to one of his own sprinters in the 100-meter event at … Find out how to read more online.
Marbut to present final plan
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In a community report card on homelessness, Sarasota County received one failing grade for not providing or protecting homeless individuals. Tuesday, Dr. Robert Marbut, a Texas-based consultant … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota seeks input on future planning
Fri  Jun 19 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Sondra Guffey wanted to learn how to incorporate ideas from Sarasota County’s Comprehensive Plan into a realistic business model. As the marketing coordinator for the new gated community … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-wife of slain firefighter on trial
Mon  Jun 15 2015 08:30AM
The case of Samuel Dreher, a former Charlotte County firefighter who was murdered in 2012, released a confusing web of controversies that has left all involved, including the Dreher family, … Find out how to read more online.
Classic cars, paint class top Saturday events
Thu  Jun 18 2015 08:30AM
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here are a couple of suggestions. The monthly Classic Car Show takes place Saturday along the first block of West Oak … Find out how to read more online.
History Mystery: Tampa Southern’s Fort Ogden extension
Thu  Jun 18 2015 08:30AM
[This is the final story in a series about railroads in DeSoto County.] The Tampa Southern Railroad, incorporated on March 5, 1917, was to connect Tampa to Sarasota including any … Find out how to read more online.
Arrest made in almost 30-year old cold case homicide
Thu  Jun 18 2015 08:30AM
After almost 30 years, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the 1986 homicide of Austin Hannah, age 57. According to DCSO, Rudolph Steven Vukojevich Jr., 60, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County nixes summer reading camps
Mon  Jun 15 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Third-graders struggling in reading this year will not get any help from the district’s summer reading camps. “The third-grade reading camps were postponed because the state did … Find out how to read more online.
Army ‘tunnel rat’ dodged the enemy, booby traps in Vietnam
Mon  Jun 15 2015 08:30AM
Don Miller of North Port was a Vietnam “tunnel rat.” It had to be the worst job an American soldier could have in the Southeast Asian war. “I was a … Find out how to read more online.
Flag Day: Local hotel celebrates in a big way — every day
Sun  Jun 14 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When Josep Suriol bought the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham a year ago, his top priority was to upgrade the distinctive blue hotel along Tamiami Trail. … Find out how to read more online.
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Traditional parade, fireworks for the Fourth
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
Saturday brings two DeSoto County traditions: the annual Independence Day Parade in the morning, and an evening of colorful fireworks. The parade features local government officials such as city council … Find out how to read more online.
Judy Jones continues to serve in DeSoto County
Thu  Jul 2 2015 08:30AM
Judy Jones with the Bread of Life Mission brought a crew to Arcadia last Friday to hand out free food, clothing and furniture to those in need. They set up … Find out how to read more online.
Marauders’ mission: Blow Po River bridge
Wed  Jul 1 2015 11:29AM
The target: a major bridge over the Po River near Pavia in northern Italy used by the Germans in World War II to move men and equipment south to the … Find out how to read more online.
EARS complies with Sarasota County regulations
Sun  Jun 28 2015 03:01PM
ENGLEWOOD — EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary had until today to relocate more than 40 cats following a zoning complaint that made it stop taking in new felines. Although EARS, at … Find out how to read more online.
Scott budget cuts hurt local free clinics
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
Gov. Rick Scott’s budget cut of $9.5 million to charitable clinics will hurt locally. State legislators supported a $9.5 million allocation to the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. The association … Find out how to read more online.
All Faiths Food Bank: Feeding DeSoto’s hungry
Thu  Jun 25 2015 08:30AM
The All Faiths Food Bank of Sarasota is helping to assure no child in DeSoto County goes hungry this summer. Through a vigorous program of food giveaways, AFFB is bringing … Find out how to read more online.
Housing Authority celebrates 50+ years
Thu  Jun 25 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia Housing Authority invited the community to an open house Friday to celebrate more than 50 years of providing housing for more than 10,000 people. The city founded AHA … Find out how to read more online.
School zone signs will alert speeding drivers
Thu  Jun 25 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County drivers will soon see speed limit signs near school zones that will light up and tell them if they’re over the speed limit. School Superintendent Karyn Gary said … Find out how to read more online.
Summertime heat hits with some afternoon showers likely
Mon  Jun 22 2015 08:30AM
It may feel like it’s over 100 degrees some mornings this week, so Southwest Florida residents could be grateful for afternoon showers. Temperatures in the lower 90s are only a … Find out how to read more online.
Grandpa provides ‘Poppa Day Care’
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Tim Ainscoe sings Kenny Rodgers’ song “The Gambler” to two of his grandchildren, Finnley, 19 months, and Blaine Faris, 9 months, to get them to calm down. … Find out how to read more online.
Convicted killer rolls the dice
Thu  Jun 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A man imprisoned for his role during a double homicide in Englewood is seeking to withdraw the guilty plea that has landed him behind bars until 2032. … Find out how to read more online.
Council hands Stewart keys to city
Thu  Jun 18 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council made Terry Stewart’s hire as city administrator official Tuesday, voting unanimously to approve a generous three-year contract. City Attorney T.J. Wohl said that after negotiating with … Find out how to read more online.
Progress in plain sight
Thu  Jun 18 2015 08:30AM
After years of stagnant growth in an area in desperate need of it, the signs of progress are virtually everywhere in DeSoto County. From the rapid expansion of U.S. Highway … Find out how to read more online.
State lawmakers agree on LIP funding
Thu  Jun 18 2015 08:30AM
Florida legislators racing against the clock on a new state budget struck a deal Friday on a $2 billion plan to steer money to more than 200 hospitals that treat … Find out how to read more online.
Area STEM: Education soars, jobs sink
Sun  Jun 14 2015 08:30AM
Six years ago, as Florida was in the throes of the Great Recession, Mark Pritchett said, an idea was born. “We saw there was a crisis, and it created a … Find out how to read more online.
Summerlike weather expected, but no serious tropical threats
Mon  Jun 15 2015 08:30AM
Hot, humid weather with rainy afternoons and thunderstorms are expected this week. “We’re not expecting anything out of the ordinary,” said meteorologist Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. Specifically, … Find out how to read more online.
Throngs savor ‘Blues, Brews and BBQ’
Sun  Jun 14 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Myscha Theriault, a freelance travel and food writer from Hudson, Fla., first came to Punta Gorda two years ago to do some research, and she loved it. … Find out how to read more online.
YMCA triathlon welcomes athletes
Sun  Jun 14 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — This year, Farlow’s on the Water restaurant is giving a pasta dinner to all athletes competing in the YMCA triathlon. As one of the sponsors of the July … Find out how to read more online.