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Punta Gorda, a voting anomaly in the South
Sun  Aug 2 2015 08:30AM
Johnny Lloyd Jr. was just a little boy when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of legislation that struck down … Find out how to read more online.
Former Englewood man’s novel to become movie
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:22PM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ransom Riggs learned Samuel L. Jackson is playing a character in his young-adult novel turned movie, he freaked out. Novelist Riggs, who grew up in a little … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Jul 31 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A local man is facing a slew of charges — including attempted murder — after what the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office describes as a “vicious attack on two … Find out how to read more online.
Three times a hero
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
My dad, Joseph Kerecman, Sergeant, Army Air Force, has been gone nearly 20 years, but when I remember him, I recall his stories of service in World War II and … Find out how to read more online.
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US stocks drop as energy sector droops
Mon  Aug 3 2015 10:52PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Another bad day for the energy sector pulled down stocks on Monday. Energy stocks slumped as the price of oil dropped to its lowest in more than four months. Oil has fallen sharply since the end … read more.

UN goal: To end poverty, hunger in 15 years
Mon  Aug 3 2015 10:52PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking … read more.

Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding
Mon  Aug 3 2015 10:52PM
WASHINGTON — The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next … read more.

Illinois named top US party school
Mon  Aug 3 2015 10:52PM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois stakes claim to 23 Nobel Prize winners and tech prowess that contributed to the creation of YouTube, Netscape, Java and Yelp. But students at the central Illinois campus don’t just bury their … read more.

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New parking restrictions in Charlotte residential districts
Sun  Aug 2 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners on Tuesday adopted new rules for the parking of boats, recreational vehicles, trucks and trailers in residential areas. Claire Jubb, interim community development director for the county, explained that, contrary to citizen concerns that the … Find out how to read more online.

Independence Day parade winners announced
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
On behalf of the Arcadia Moose Lodge 1327, the official sponsor of the 2015 Independence Day Parade, we thank all the entries that took part in the parade. It was a great parade this year — congratulations, Arcadia! Carl Gause … Find out how to read more online.

School district OKs slightly lower millage rate
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved a school millage rate that is slightly lower than last year’s rate. The millage rate for the 2015-16 year is 7.1390, compared with 7.2530 which was the rate last year. The new rate is … Find out how to read more online.

District prepares students with Back to School Fair
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
As the gates to the DeSoto County High School opened Saturday morning, students frenzied to be first in line for the annual Back to School Fair. More than 800 students, escorted by their families, received new school supplies from local … Find out how to read more online.

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