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Bill Willis had extensive Army career before heading to Vietnam
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the first of two parts. Billy Willis was a command sergeant major, a 30-year man in the U.S. Army — a lifer. The 84-year-old retired … Find out how to read more online.
Beach it early to avoid holiday rain
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE— Beachgoers and grill masters should get the holiday fun started early Labor Day if they want to avoid those pesky afternoon Florida showers and downpours throughout the area … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
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Stocks end mixed, energy shares fall
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. stocks ended mostly lower on Tuesday, retreating from records set the previous month, as falling crude oil prices dragged energy shares down and offset strong manufacturing data. The S&P energy index fell 1.3 percent as … read more.

Frontline marches toward Ukraine port
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) — The war is being fought just over the hills. Civilians have started to flee the city. But the men of the vast Ilyich iron and steel works in the Ukrainain port of Mariupol are still in … read more.

Islamic State beheading
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
DUBAI — The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents … read more.

Bieber charged with assault, dangerous driving in Canada
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
TORONTO (Reuters) — Pop star Justin Bieber was charged with assault and dangerous driving over the weekend after an incident near the small Canadian town where he grew up, one of his lawyers said in a statement on Tuesday. The … read more.

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Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from his successor, Bishop Frank Dewane. “It is with heartfelt sorrow … Find out how to read more online.


School Board clarifies policy on district transfers
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved one request for a student to transfer out of the district, and disapproved another, giving some insight to its position on out-of-district transfers. Board Chair Deborah Snyder opened the discussion over two students seeking … Find out how to read more online.

Newcomer, incumbent win DeSoto School Board races
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:59AM
DeSoto voters elected newcomer Daniel Via to the county’s School Board Tuesday, while incumbent Ronny Allen was awarded another term in office. Via, who has no political experience, narrowly edged out Dr. Roosevelt Johnson by 41 votes in the District … Find out how to read more online.

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