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Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge filed in Calif. after local man’s death
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A murder charge has been filed in California against a man accused of killing Ricky Platt, 34, who left Punta Gorda four years ago without telling his … Find out how to read more online.
Advocates push to have killer’s case reheard
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 17, Steven Castanedo of Gulf Cove was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of his friend Juan Tavares. When he gets out of prison, he will … Find out how to read more online.
King’s legacy celebrated at NAACP breakfast & parade
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County Branch of the NAACP held its annual breakfast and parade in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Dreams for Our Community” … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Japan: Still working to free hostages after unverified video
Sat  Jan 24 2015 07:26PM
By MARI YAMAGUCHI and ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — A visibly shaken Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early Sunday that Japan was working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, calling a new online … read more.

Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive
Sat  Jan 24 2015 07:24PM
By PETER LEONARD Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz … read more.

Why the crisis in Yemen matters to Americans
Sun  Jan 25 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Yemen’s U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America’s ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country’s parliament will meet … read more.

Dignitaries head to Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah’s death
Sun  Jan 25 2015 01:19AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — World leaders and top dignitaries began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah, who died early Friday at age 90 after nearly two decades at the … read more.

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More Local News
Planning and Zoning OKs first step for DJJ property
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County’s Planning and Zoning Board recommended an amendment to the county’s Future Land Use Plan that is a first step in the reuse of the former G. Pierce Wood/DeSoto Juvenile Justice property. The property, comprising about 800 acres off … Find out how to read more online.

Construction begins on downtown project
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
Construction on a project aimed at beautifying the downtown area is finally underway after nearly a decade of planning. Three intersections — Oak St./Polk Ave.; Oak St./Monroe Ave.; and Oak St./Manatee Ave. — will be transformed in the next five … Find out how to read more online.

DeSoto Psychiatric Services holds grand opening Jan. 30
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, serving the behavioral and substance abuse needs of Charlotte County, announced it will open a new office in Arcadia in early February. The main campus is located at 1700 Education Ave., Punta Gorda, and the new … Find out how to read more online.

JimSpace design kickoff is Jan. 29
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
JimSpace is going to be redesigned, and you can have a say in how it turns out. JimSpace Design Day is set for Jan. 29, and the whole community is invited to share their ideas on how this local playground … Find out how to read more online.

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