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Sun  Oct 4 2015 01:00AM
Frances Faye Rossi hasn’t driven an automobile for several years, but that’s a good thing. “Look how beautiful the sky looks,” Rossi said as she rode a Charlotte County Transit … Find out how to read more online.
David Dunn-Rankin gets prestigious publishing nod
Sun  Oct 4 2015 01:00AM
David Dunn-Rankin, president of the Sun Coast Media Group and publisher of the Charlotte Sun, will be nominated as president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association on Monday during the … Find out how to read more online.
Clerk of Courts McGavic retires
Thu  Oct 1 2015 08:30AM
After 19 years as DeSoto County’s Clerk of Courts, Mitzie McGavic retired yesterday. She has held the position since she was first elected in November 1996, but just recently announced … Find out how to read more online.
No sure-fire answer for economic growth
Sun  Sep 27 2015 08:30AM
Natural resources aren’t enough. Economic growth requires the combined efforts of the public and private sector — and community leaders say that’s what needs to happen in Sarasota and Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Shedding light on darkness of suicide
Sun  Sep 27 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Sahlberg had just completed his second deployment to Iraq last year, returning home to his wife and three children, when he started … Find out how to read more online.
911 review initiative underway
Sun  Sep 27 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After teaming up with an emergency communications recording group, the Denise Amber Lee Foundation jointly launched an initiative to help public-safety agencies review standard procedures for responding to … Find out how to read more online.
Repairs coming to Brownville Road
Thu  Sep 24 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto residents waiting for the county to repair a section of Brownville road that recently collapsed due to heavy flooding received good news Tuesday as the Board of County Commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
FPL poised to expand DeSoto’s solar capacity
Thu  Sep 24 2015 08:30AM
Florida Power & Light Company is making excellent progress on plans for three new large-scale solar energy centers, the company reported as part of the Florida Public Service Commission’s annual … Find out how to read more online.
JimSpace closer but still $55,000 to raise
Thu  Sep 24 2015 08:30AM
JimSpace is special for our community as a memorial and as a place of fun and growth for two generations of Arcadians. Built of wood 21 years ago to remember … Find out how to read more online.
Navy corpsman saved others on Saipan
Mon  Sep 21 2015 08:30AM
It wasn’t long after Navy Medical Corpsman Steven Bizeur waded ashore on Kwajalein with the 4th Marine Division during World War II that he became a casualty himself. “I was … Find out how to read more online.
Beer nest, construction debris found at cleanup
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:23PM
ENGLEWOOD — While cleaning around the edge of a Cedar Point Environmental Park trail, Karen Schwab spotted a nest. As she walked closer, she realized it was a nest made … Find out how to read more online.
Wet and slightly cooler weather expected
Fri  Sep 18 2015 08:30AM
An area of low pressure off of the southwest Florida Gulf Coast should bring wet weather throughout the weekend, said meteorologist Marc Austin of the National Weather Service. While this … Find out how to read more online.
School board OKs budget but questions long-term district finances
Thu  Sep 17 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board, in a special Friday evening session, passed the 2015-16 budget and millage rate for the school district. Yet some members immediately said they need to … Find out how to read more online.
Use of force down in prisons statewide
Mon  Sep 14 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — John Willis has worked in a half-dozen correctional facilities around the state before he was put in charge of Charlotte Correctional Institution this summer. The warden, with … Find out how to read more online.
Parkside Renaissance
Sun  Sep 13 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Alex Lazic is working up a sweat under the midday sun, preparing the exterior walls for stucco on the home he purchased six months ago in Parkside. … Find out how to read more online.
International Coastal Cleanup coming Saturday
Sun  Sep 13 2015 08:30AM
Time is running out to sign up for the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday. “We are nearly full to capacity,” said Wendi Crisp, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful coordinator. “We’ve … Find out how to read more online.
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County hikes taxes nearly 14 percent
Thu  Oct 1 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners approved an approximate 14 percent tax hike Tuesday, along with staff and service cuts totaling nearly $1 million. The board voted 4-1 to approve … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota erosion ‘chronic’
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Gulf beach erosion on Manasota Key is not going away. It’s getting worse. Coastal Engineering Consultants completed a Manasota Key North Beach Erosion Study from the Sarasota-Charlotte county … Find out how to read more online.
City approves final millage, budget
Thu  Oct 1 2015 08:30AM
Presented with a budget that remained unchanged since the first public hearing Sept. 14, the Arcadia City Council voted 4-1 to formally approve the document. The council also voted unanimously … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital acts to smooth Twin Rivers transition
Thu  Oct 1 2015 08:30AM
At the DeSoto Memorial Hospital board meeting on Thursday, one hitch was reported in the transition of the Family Medical Services Center (located next to the hospital at 888 N. … Find out how to read more online.
Former sheriff receives new headstone
Thu  Oct 1 2015 08:30AM
Cemeteries are like giant puzzles. In 1962, resident Donna McPherson’s aunt conducted a genealogy study on Joshua Creek, and found that many of the graves there had been lost to … Find out how to read more online.
Airman flew damaged plane over Alps after bomb run
Mon  Sep 28 2015 08:30AM
Len Nauman piloted his B-24 Liberator out of the bomber base in Foggia, Italy, one of several hundred planes on the bombing run. Their target that day: a ball-bearing factory … Find out how to read more online.
Papal pilgrimage brought us all together
Sun  Sep 27 2015 08:30AM
We’re all a part of history, every day, usually in ways so small they’ll never make a history book, and it isn’t often that we can say we took part … Find out how to read more online.
School finances still on Board’s radar
Thu  Sep 24 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County School Board Member Deborah Snyder continued challenging several recent actions in the district, seeming to pick up where she left off after the last meeting. “I want to … Find out how to read more online.
Benefit helps raise funds for Cale family
Thu  Sep 24 2015 08:30AM
A barbecue sale was held Saturday to benefit the family of Daniel Cale, who was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident leaving his wife, Nikki, and three special needs children. … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto grad gives back with Community Day at Smith Brown
Thu  Sep 24 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County High School grad Jen Allen had a huge support system while growing up in Arcadia. “Our home had an open door policy,” she said. “And when we weren’t … Find out how to read more online.
Students of the Month honored
Thu  Sep 24 2015 08:30AM
The August Students of the Month from DeSoto Middle School and DeSoto County High School were honored at the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce monthly Early Bird Breakfast. The schools provided … Find out how to read more online.
Economic talk centers on youth
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:23PM
NORTH PORT –– Encouraging younger generations to remain in the area as they enter the workforce dominated the conversation Saturday as community leaders from Sarasota and Charlotte counties met for … Find out how to read more online.
BOCC tentatively OKs service cuts, tax hike
Thu  Sep 17 2015 08:30AM
Facing a room full of angry residents demanding a cut in services and staff to balance the 2015-16 budget, the Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to tentatively approve a … Find out how to read more online.
Life on the Edge-water
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:23PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — On a recent Saturday morning walk with their dogs, Barbara and Richard Carroll carried their pets down Edgewater Drive, not wanting them to track through the mud. … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Fatal Knight Island fire accidental
Fri  Sep 18 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — While the exact cause remains unknown, investigators concluded the Knight Island fire that took the lives of a mother and son was accidental. Cheryl Stevens, 53, and … Find out how to read more online.
Little change to city’s tentative budget
Thu  Sep 17 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council voted 3-1 to approve its tentative 2015-16 budget. Since the last workshop the budget has undergone minimal adjustments. Highlights include a two percent raise for all … Find out how to read more online.
County approves garbage rate increase
Thu  Sep 17 2015 08:30AM
During a six-hour marathon meeting in a standing-room-only chamber, the Board of County Commissioners voted in favor of a trash rate hike that left both the public and Womack Sanitation … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front brings rain, not much cold
Mon  Sep 14 2015 08:30AM
The dog days of summer are over, but it’s still hot and humid. Southwest Floridians may want some relief from the heat, but a cold front expected to stall out … Find out how to read more online.
Officials dig in on mining
Sun  Sep 13 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — This week’s inquiry into Punta Gorda’s legal challenge to changes in Charlotte County’s commercial excavation rules featured lesser skirmishes, with the main battle still ahead. During Friday’s … Find out how to read more online.
School Board challenges budget figures
Thu  Sep 10 2015 08:30AM
During a School Board meeting to review the annual budget, Board members questioned why the fund balance dropped from $10 million to only $4.4 million over three years. Tuesday’s special … Find out how to read more online.