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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.
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.
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 … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital recognizes Fire Rescue personnel
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
DeSoto Memorial Hospital showed its appreciation to the DeSoto County Fire Rescue with a pancake breakfast on Friday. The EMS Provider of the Year was announced and The Phoenix Award … Find out how to read more online.
Bevis, Mays celebrate retirement
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
On Friday, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office recognized Lt. Curt Mays and Sgt. Bill Bevis on their coming retirements. They were surrounded by family, friends and past and present colleagues. … Find out how to read more online.
WMU receives tentative OK to start aviation program here
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Western Michigan University is a step closer to establishing pilot training and other programs in Charlotte County after securing a provisional license. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Hot and mostly dry weather expected
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get warm weather with sunshine and clear skies this week, but they’ll also get a bit of relief from humidity. Behind the front that came in over … Find out how to read more online.
Imagine, NPHS excel in applying for financial aid
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Two North Port schools were recognized this week for improving the percentage of high school seniors who apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Imagine School … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate decreases as income inequality increases
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The optimistic labor market news generated by persistently falling unemployment numbers is somewhat offset by a report drawing attention to the shrinking middle class. A new study … Find out how to read more online.
City defers on fee hike discussion
Thu  May 19 2016 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council took no action Tuesday on a request by Councilman Joe Fink to put a stop to yearly automatic increases in water, sewer and garbage rates. Fink … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  May 19 2016 08:30AM
Prepare now for hurricane season
Thu  May 19 2016 08:30AM
It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the American Red Cross has steps people should take now to get ready for hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor’s ship nearly hit by kamikaze at Okinawa
Mon  May 16 2016 08:30AM
Okinawa, the largest and deadliest battle in the Pacific during World War II, began Easter Sunday morning, April 1, 1945. When it was over 82 days later on June 22 — … Find out how to read more online.
Community celebrates splash pad opening
Thu  May 12 2016 08:30AM
The DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, City of Arcadia and Leadership DeSoto celebrated the opening of the first phase of renovations to McSwain Park last week. A ribbon cutting ceremony was … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia native takes helm at prestigious ad firm
Thu  May 12 2016 08:30AM
Arcadia native Kirsten Flanik says her home town has inspired her in many ways. Flanik, a 1985 graduate of DeSoto County High School, is the newly minted President of BBDO’s … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte losing students to Sarasota
Mon  May 9 2016 11:27AM
Charlotte County Public Schools lost more than 700 students this school year to student transfers, district data shows. This is the biggest loss of students in four years. The district … Find out how to read more online.
Board dismisses latest hospital survey
Thu  May 5 2016 08:30AM
DeSoto Memorial Hospital’s Board and administration dismissed the “D” grade from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit hospital watchdog organization. Other area hospitals including Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Venice Regional Bayfront … Find out how to read more online.
City aims to update property standards
Thu  May 5 2016 08:30AM
The city’s code enforcement ordinances are over 25 years old, and include antiquated violations for spitting on sidewalks, driving through downtown with muddy tires and swimming in the Peace River. … Find out how to read more online.
Take Stock in Children honors scholars
Thu  May 5 2016 08:30AM
On April 19, three seventh graders from Desoto Middle School and one 10th grader from Desoto County High School were presented with a two-year tuition scholarship from Take Stock in … Find out how to read more online.
School in mourning
Mon  May 2 2016 01:56PM
NORTH PORT — Students, staff and residents gathered Sunday at North Port High School to remember Antoinette “Ann” Gordon, who was gunned down Friday in Port Charlotte in what police … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video

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.
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.
Center for the Needy needs your help
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
The Arcadia Center for the Needy is running very low on everything — food, clothing, household supplies and cash. Now that most of our winter visitors have gone back north, … Find out how to read more online.
AAA: Motorcycle deaths spike in Florida
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
Drivers should expect to see more motorcyclists on Florida roadways as the weather heats up and motorists enjoy some of the lowest summertime gas prices in over a decade. Motorcycle … Find out how to read more online.
Flying club looks for new members
Thu  May 26 2016 08:30AM
Friends of Arcadia Airport Inc. is starting a flying club and seeks new members to share expenses to make flying affordable to more people. If you are a pilot or … Find out how to read more online.
Marine joined up shortly before Pearl Harbor attack
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
When Carl Corwin sailed into Pearl Harbor he was a scared, 17-year-old Marine. The Japanese had just bombed Pearl, and almost all of the battleships in America’s Pacific Fleet were … Find out how to read more online.
1,302 years of combined life celebrated
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Millie Peck tap-danced her way down the aisle during a centenarian celebration at North Port Pines retirement center, honoring its residents who are 100 years old or … Find out how to read more online.
Water main break affects 1,700 homes
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — What officials deemed a “very rare” type of water main break dried up faucets in two West Villages communities Saturday, affecting about 1,700 homes. The break occurred … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Expo: Prepare, plan, do it now
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
Preparedness and planning were the watchwords at the Hurricane and Business Expo 2016 Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. The expo, sponsored by Sun … Find out how to read more online.
Solutions for repairing the city’s sewers
Thu  May 19 2016 08:30AM
Hello, Arcadia, and thank you so much for the nice reaction to my very first column last month. It was both good and helpful to receive so much positive feedback … Find out how to read more online.
Center for the Needy needs your help
Tue  May 24 2016 01:52PM
The Arcadia Center for the Needy is running very low on everything — food, clothing, household supplies and cash. Now that most of our winter visitors have gone back north, … Find out how to read more online.
School district faces tough choices, budget cuts
Thu  May 12 2016 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board discussed the district’s challenging financial condition and considered several options During a budget workshop Tuesday. Interim Finance Director Florence Gobble presented a tentative budget to … Find out how to read more online.
Smith Brown hits trifecta at Derby fundraiser
Thu  May 12 2016 08:30AM
The Smith Brown Community Foundation hosted its second Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser Saturday at the Turner Center. This year’s Smith Brown Project Community Champion was School Board Member Ronny Allen. Allen, … Find out how to read more online.
JROTC holds spring awards ceremony
Thu  May 12 2016 08:30AM
There are 142 cadets in Arcadia’s JROTC this year. This number has grown substantially since Maj. Craig Burch took over command of the program. “Our membership has grown from 50 … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect charged in DUI manslaughter
Mon  May 9 2016 11:27AM
The State Attorney’s Office charged a former Sarasota County School District employee this month with vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter after his purported suicide attempt in March resulted in the … Find out how to read more online.
Hotter and stickier weather expected by mid week
Mon  May 9 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians in a couple areas of eastern Sarasota and Lee counties dealt with some red flags for fire hazards this weekend due to dry weather, but the humidity will … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor made 5 combat cruises aboard sub USS Spearfish
Tue  May 10 2016 10:14AM
Tony Faella, now of Venice, made five combat tours in the Pacific aboard the submarine USS Spearfish (SS-190) during World War II — from 1942 until war’s end in ’45. … Find out how to read more online.
Smokeless tobacco use remains high in DeSoto
Thu  May 5 2016 08:30AM
QuitDoc Foundation and the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco, like chew and dip. This public awareness campaign … Find out how to read more online.
Construction impacting drivers
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Denise Ellis of Port Charlotte Florist said the business — at 900 Tamiami Trail — has been “in the zone” of the U.S. 41 widening project for a while. “There were … Find out how to read more online.