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City aims to update property standards
Thu  May 5 2016 08:30AM
The city’s code enforcement ordinances are over 25 years old, and include antiquated violations for spitting on sidewalks, driving through downtown with muddy tires and swimming in the Peace River. … Find out how to read more online.
Take Stock in Children honors scholars
Thu  May 5 2016 08:30AM
On April 19, three seventh graders from Desoto Middle School and one 10th grader from Desoto County High School were presented with a two-year tuition scholarship from Take Stock in … Find out how to read more online.
School in mourning
Mon  May 2 2016 01:56PM
NORTH PORT — Students, staff and residents gathered Sunday at North Port High School to remember Antoinette “Ann” Gordon, who was gunned down Friday in Port Charlotte in what police … 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.
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.
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 … 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 … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat holds home dedication for veteran
Thu  Apr 28 2016 08:30AM
A local veteran now has a strong roof over his head and a firm foundation under his feet through a partnership with Arcadia/DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity. The organization recently … Find out how to read more online.
Derek Dunn-Rankin a true patriarch
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:34PM

What they’re saying

• “Florida journalism has lost a giant. Derek built fine newspapers that serve their communities with a passion. My thoughts are with the Dunn-Rankin family.”

— Gil …

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City OKs parcel sale, operations changes
Thu  Apr 21 2016 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council put an end to a longstanding issue of whether or not to sell a contested parcel of land to resident Gary Frierson, voting 3-1 to approve … Find out how to read more online.
Sun wins Pulitzer Prize
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
When Monday’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, the small market Sun newspapers emerged from the giants to capture a first place for Editorial Writing. The Sun newspapers, which covers Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
A wise investment:
Thu  Apr 14 2016 08:30AM
Compared to only a decade ago, when enrichment and entertainment options for area youths were few and far between, quite a lot has changed as the community has focused its … Find out how to read more online.
Board rejects labor attorney contract
Thu  Apr 14 2016 08:30AM
The fate of DeSoto County School District’s current labor attorney dominated Tuesday’s night’s Board meeting. Superintendent Dr. Karyn Gary recommended to renew Shaina Thorpe’s contract, but the Board denied the … Find out how to read more online.
A look ahead to April, May public hearings
Thu  Apr 14 2016 08:30AM
In January, I shared that I would be doing a monthly article hosted by The Arcadian in an effort to open communication between your local government and you. Today, I’ll … Find out how to read more online.
Dry weather expected until later in the week
Mon  Apr 11 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians can expect the pleasant weekend weather to continue at least through the early part of this week. “It looks like we’ll have a dry start to the week,” … Find out how to read more online.
Election results and preview
Thu  Apr 7 2016 08:30AM
With the general election approaching in November, as well as local primaries in August, this year will have plenty to satisfy a hungry voter’s belly. The combination of well-seasoned and … Find out how to read more online.
Foundation to host Derby fundraiser
Thu  Apr 7 2016 08:30AM
The Smith Brown Community Foundation is hosting it second annual Kentucky Derby themed fundraiser May 7. The event will take place at the Turner Center and features a roast of … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man killed in US 41 wreck
Mon  Apr 4 2016 08:30AM
MANATEE COUNTY — A 23-year-old North Port man died early Sunday morning when he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle and struck another vehicle. The wreck happened shortly after 2 … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraiser crosses $1 million mark for Semper Fi Fund
Sun  Apr 3 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After seven years of events, the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club Semper Fi fundraiser has topped $1 million for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit that helps … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Smokeless tobacco use remains high in DeSoto
Thu  May 5 2016 08:30AM
QuitDoc Foundation and the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco, like chew and dip. This public awareness campaign … Find out how to read more online.
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.
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.
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 … 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.
A-Team takes second at championships
Thu  Apr 28 2016 08:30AM
De Soto County took silver in Division 3 of the 2016 Commissioner’s Academic Challenge, Florida’s official state championship for competitive academics. The team was ahead in the final round, until … Find out how to read more online.
Roads, code enforcement city’s top priorities
Thu  Apr 28 2016 08:30AM
Hello Arcadia! I am most pleased to be able to write this brief article and share with you some insights into what your city is doing each and every day … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Apr 25 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Jerrud Lee Johnson, 40, 22300 block of Lehigh Ave., Port Charlotte. Charge: DUI, and three counts of off bond. Bond: … Find out how to read more online.
Sun Bulb Company turns 60
Thu  Apr 21 2016 08:30AM
Thanks in large part to fate, passion and hard work, Sun Bulb Company turns 60 this month. What began as a two-person operation out of a garage has turned into … Find out how to read more online.
Sun newspapers win Pulitzer Prize
Thu  Apr 21 2016 08:30AM
When Monday’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, the small market Charlotte Sun (sister newspaper of the Arcadian ) emerged from the giants to capture a first place for Editorial Writing. … Find out how to read more online.
Dunn-Rankin a true patriarch
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
Maybe once every generation or so, a man and a place come together in perfect symmetry. He fits the place. The place fits him. So it was with Derek Dunn-Rankin … Find out how to read more online.
County OKs hire of livestock agent
Thu  Apr 14 2016 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to hire a livestock agent during its regular meeting Tuesday. County Administrator Mandy Hines said Vienna Thompson had applied for the position, … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto hosts first Lincoln Reagan Dinner
Thu  Apr 14 2016 08:30AM
DeSoto County’s Republican party hosted the first Lincoln Reagan Dinner at the Turner Center Thursday night. Approximately 225 guests enjoyed a seafood buffet, esperanza dancing, a live auction and a … Find out how to read more online.
Foundation, DMH Board clash
Thu  Apr 7 2016 08:30AM
What started as a routine meeting of the DeSoto Memorial Hospital Board of Directors quickly turned ugly when board members clashed with DMH Foundation members over a phone call and … Find out how to read more online.
Marine battled Chinese troops, freezing conditions in Korea
Mon  Apr 11 2016 08:30AM
The Korean War began the week before James Hawn, now of Port Charlotte, graduated from Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., in June 1950. He became part of … Find out how to read more online.
A balancing act:
Thu  Apr 7 2016 08:30AM
Driving by the weathered, modest white house on Poinsettia Ave. in Arcadia, it would be nearly impossible to imagine it being the centerpiece of one of the biggest controversies in … Find out how to read more online.
Buster Longino keeps ‘old Florida’ alive
Fri  Apr 15 2016 03:45PM
Clad in a cowboy hat, lived-in flannel shirt and dusty jeans, 90-year-old Berryman “Buster” Longino is the epitome of “old Florida” — history that is rapidly vanishing in these times … Find out how to read more online.
Mostly sunny and dry week with cool breeze expected
Mon  Apr 4 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians can look forward to a calm work week weather- wise with no severe weather projected. “It looks pretty nice,” said meteorologist Andrew McKaughan of the National Weather Service … Find out how to read more online.
Kay Reed: A career filled with kindness
Thu  Mar 31 2016 08:30AM
“I love you baby!” If you’ve heard those words spoken then you know that Kay Reed is showing you some love. That’s been her mantra to everyone who crosses her … Find out how to read more online.