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Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to … Find out how to read more online.
Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to earmark roughly $1.5 million in funding for preliminary water testing in connection with Punta Gorda’s proposed reverse-osmosis plant, provided … Find out how to read more online.
City reviews initial budget
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council got its first look at the 2014-15 budget during a workshop Tuesday, and expressed hope they would not have to raise the millage higher than the … Find out how to read more online.
Gifted student program changes challenged
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
Two frustrated women raised issues Tuesday at the DeSoto County School Board meeting over plans to modify the Gifted program. Superintendent Karyn Gary announced the Gifted program is still included … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Florida judge skeptical about fixing map now
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge says he’s “extremely skeptical” about changing the state’s congressional districts before the 2014 elections. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis held a three-hour hearing Thursday to consider what to do after he ruled that current … read more.

Gov: Senator in plagiarism row deserves respect
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he didn’t know that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized parts of his master’s thesis when he appointed the former National Guard general to the Senate earlier this year. The Democratic governor … read more.

Iraqis: Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say Islamic extremist militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah. The residents say the Islamic State militants, who … read more.

Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 7
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza health officials say at least seven people were killed when Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip during clashes with Palestinian militants. Gaza health official … read more.

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Brotherhood Ride pedals to Arcadia again
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
The Brotherhood Ride will once again make a stop in Arcadia this year as riders from fire, emergency and law enforcement offices pedal their way across Florida. The riders will arrive around noon on Aug. 4 and plan to stop … Find out how to read more online.

Smith Brown Gym group seeks funding
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
State Rep. Ben Albritton toured the Smith Brown Gym Thursday with members of the Smith Brown Community Foundation. Albritton and District Secretary Karen Whaley were invited by Ashley Coone to tour the gym property and learn what the Foundation hopes … Find out how to read more online.

Precious Pearls empowers girls
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
The summer of 2014 kicked off the beginning of The Precious Pearls Project, a nonprofit organization committed to the empowerment of girls in DeSoto County. The Precious Pearls group targets adolescent girls in grades 6 through 8. This group is … Find out how to read more online.

Pine Level history to be celebrated
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
It’s not too early to start preparing for the past. The DeSoto County Historical Society and the Florida Public Archaeology Network West Central Region will host the Pine Level Public Art and Archaeology Day on Oct. 18 to learn more … Find out how to read more online.

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