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U.S. 41 widening begins today
Wed  Jan 28 2015 07:18PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Mooring not on Charlotte’s horizon — for now
Wed  Jan 28 2015 06:45PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners want to delve in a bit deeper before they consider establishing a designated mooring field in Lemon Bay or elsewhere. Commissioners, however, want to do … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Schools honor teachers, staff
Wed  Jan 28 2015 03:47PM
West Elementary third grade teacher Wil Brunty was named DeSoto County’s Teacher of the Year in a special ceremony on Jan. 13. The honor included a check for $5,000 from … Find out how to read more online.
School District hopes to save up to $2 million
Wed  Jan 28 2015 03:47PM
On Tuesday, the DeSoto County School Board approved an agreement with a company called Cenergistic that could save the schools up to $2 million in energy and utility costs over … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Storm socks Boston
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 … read more.

Ukraine moves to shut rebels out of peace talks
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated. The move came after Russian … read more.

What credit downgrade means for Russia
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has seen its credit grade cut to “junk” status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power. The downgrade by Standard & … read more.

Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah’s death and take measure of the … read more.

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More Local News
Third annual art show set for Feb. 6-7
Wed  Jan 28 2015 03:47PM
The third annual Art of the River fine art show and Rio de la Paz Festival celebrates the Peace River and our Florida way of life. DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council hosts the event at the DeSoto Campus of South … Find out how to read more online.

FPL to expand solar power operations in DeSoto
Wed  Jan 28 2015 03:47PM
Florida Power and Light is poised to triple its current solar power generating capacity, and part of that effort will include expanding its DeSoto County installation. In an announcement Monday, FPL released details about its plans to build substantially more … Find out how to read more online.

Lost dog — reward offered
Wed  Jan 28 2015 03:47PM
PHOTO PROVIDED This male redbone cur was lost on Senate Street in Fort Ogden recently. He is about a year old and weighs roughly 85 pounds. A reward is being offered. His family loves and misses him. If you have … Find out how to read more online.

62nd DeSoto County Fair comes to a close for 2015
Wed  Jan 28 2015 03:47PM
PAGEANTS Miss DeSoto: Miss DeSoto — Josie Deriso 1st Runner Up — Catherine Ducette Talent — Josie Deriso Photogenic and academic — MaKayla Green Congeniality — Catherine Ducette Junior Miss DeSoto: Junior Miss — Caroline Livingston 1st Runner Up — … Find out how to read more online.

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