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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.
Alleged murder-suicide in Port Charlotte
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:30PM
At 7:02 p.m., Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple 911 calls reporting multiple shots fired in the vicinity of McDonald’s, 3232 Tamiami Trail, by the Promenades Mall in Port … Find out how to read more online.
Cooler weather should arrive with mid-week front
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians have coped with hot and sticky weather with little relief from spring showers, but a front coming in on Wednesday should bring some cooler and less humid weather … Find out how to read more online.
Students walk in their parents’ shoes for a day
Fri  Apr 29 2016 08:30AM
At 14, Kayla Vaughan is a veteran worker at Bealls. Since she was 8, Vaughan has been going to the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day with her … Find out how to read more online.
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Orlando cops on leave during investigations
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man carrying an imitation firearm have been placed on customary administrative leave during an investigation, authorities said Monday. Officers repeatedly told Charlin Charles to put down the gun, but … read more.

Officials: FBI thwarts plot against Florida Jewish center
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI — The FBI has thwarted a plot to detonate an explosive device at a South Florida Jewish center and arrested one man on federal charges, authorities said Monday. The suspect is identified in court records as James Medina, 40, … read more.

The might of Mickey: Orlando still top US destination
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — It’s a crowded world after all — at least in Orlando’s hotels and theme parks. Tourism officials announced Monday that the number of visitors coming to Orlando last year jumped 5.5 percent to more than 66 million visitors. … read more.

Derailment affects commuter train service into Washington
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A total of 16 cars were involved in a freight train derailment in the nation’s capital over the weekend, CSX said Monday, not the 15 previously reported. CSX updated the number following an assessment of the site. Florida-based … read more.

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Board sends Superintendent resolution to BOCC
Thu  Apr 28 2016 08:30AM
The DeSoto School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to send a resolution to the Board of County Commissioners that could allow voters a chance to switch the superintendent position from elected to appointed. If the BOCC approves the item, … Find out how to read more online.

County ponders reviving herbicide program
Thu  Apr 28 2016 08:30AM
With the rainy season right around the corner, the Board of County Commissioners debated reinstating its herbicide program that was cut from the budget in September. County Engineer Mike Giardullo said for 2014-2015, an outside contractor has handled herbicide spraying … Find out how to read more online.

Tater Hill Fun Shoot:
Thu  Apr 28 2016 08:30AM
Chamber of Commerce event raises money for DeSoto … Find out how to read more online.

Elder abuse awareness day June 15
Thu  Apr 28 2016 08:30AM
The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by hosting an Elder Abuse Awareness presentation and outreach event at the Desoto County Library June 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every day … Find out how to read more online.

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