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Area high school grades news mixed
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Grades for Charlotte County Public Schools’ three major high schools dipped, while two in Sarasota County leaped from a B to an A, according to a state report released Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Although it’s highly unlikely to see a White Christmas in Southwest Florida, meteorologist Robert Garcia with the National Weather Service said he and his colleagues “never rule it out.” While … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Ed Foundation awards funds to teachers
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
In the past, when you thought of classrooms, you imagined books, paper and pencils. But that picture has changed. Today’s classrooms are equipped with smart boards, listening centers, robotics, tablets, … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto students in SFSC graduation today
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
South Florida State College graduates will celebrate long hours of study, self-determination, and diligence when they are honored during the colleges first December Commencement at 6:45 p.m. today in the … Find out how to read more online.
Planning underway for MLK celebration
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
The DeSoto County Branch of the NAACP invites members of the community to be a part of the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration festivities celebrating the life of … Find out how to read more online.
Santa takes a ‘Paws’ for a very good cause
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Families with kids lining up to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus are not the only ones. These days, four-legged children also are getting in on … Find out how to read more online.
‘Shop’ fund honors late NPPD sergeant
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — This week, North Port police will team up to make sure area kids have a great Christmas. The annual “Shop with a Cop” event pairs officers and … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood boat race plans solidifying
Mon  Dec 15 2014 02:44PM
ENGLEWOOD — A few more t’s need to be crossed and i’s dotted, but the Offshore Powerboat Association is prepared to stage a race off Manasota Key in November. “It … Find out how to read more online.
Underdog set to graduate from SCF today
Fri  Dec 12 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ashley Ewing walks across the stage to receive her degree today, she will know that it couldn’t have happened without those who cared enough about her to … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County to update comp plan
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County staff announced Wednesday that an update of Sarasota’s comprehensive plan will start next year, with work expected to span 18 months and include multiple opportunities for members … Find out how to read more online.
Developer told to return with new plan
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After 10 attempts at developing a parcel near the Pine Lake subdivision in Englewood, a local developer must come back with another plan for proposed homes, villas and … Find out how to read more online.
Familiar names on city admin applications
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
A public records request of the 16 individuals who applied for the city’s administrator position reveals a list of names familiar from the previous search that ended in the hire … Find out how to read more online.
Local businesses gaining steam
Mon  Dec 8 2014 08:30AM
The area is good for business. Over the past year, there’s been an upswing in the local economy with an influx of new establishments opening their doors. Offering everything from … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO: Shooting victim alive; charge amended
Sun  Nov 30 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The 26-year-old victim of a recent shooting at Marian Manor survived her ordeal, according to updated information provided Saturday by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. In emailed … Find out how to read more online.
Post office: Mail early
Mon  Dec 8 2014 08:30AM
Don’t use masking tape to mail out packages. Among the don’ts offered by Englewood Post Office officials, using masking tape, writing in red ink on a red envelope and not … Find out how to read more online.
Big and Rich coming to Charlotte County
Mon  Dec 8 2014 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — They are known as “America’s Technicolor cowboys,” and they are coming to Charlotte County in April. The country music duo Big and Rich has been … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood launches ‘Waterfest’ plans
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Planning for the Englewood Beach Waterfest in November 2015 is on its way. The goal is for the Offshore Powerboat Association to stage powerboats qualifying and racing off … Find out how to read more online.
City to get professional help in admin search
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council received some good news Tuesday when it learned the Senior Advisors agreed to assist the city in its search for a new administrator. Interim City Administrator … Find out how to read more online.
Law enforcement agencies use results in crime investigations
Sun  Dec 14 2014 08:30AM
A bill the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received from DNA Labs International reflected about $2,000 in DNA testing for one recent case. The law enforcement agency paid the private lab … Find out how to read more online.
A loss to be proud of
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
Six months after starting a weight loss journey aimed at improving their health and contributing to a great event, Arcadian Publisher Joe Gallimore and Assistant Editor Steve Bauer are proud … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadian named A/C instructor of the year
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
Arcadian Brian Forbes, an air conditioning, heating and refrigeration instructor at Manatee Technical Institute, earned the title of 2014 Best Instructor by The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS and … Find out how to read more online.
WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Fri  Dec 19 2014 03:16PM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to … Find out how to read more online.
Clothing from days gone by back in demand
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Vintage clothing represents life from another time, and probably is less indicative of the person who originally wore it than of the era itself. The fact that … Find out how to read more online.
Ceremony message: ‘Remember, Honor, Teach’
Sun  Dec 14 2014 01:22PM
SARASOTA — Saturday morning, Debbie Upchurch drove more than 50 miles to attend the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Sarasota National Cemetery. For the Port Charlotte resident, it had a … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte sheriff’s study helps ... Cleveland?
Fri  Dec 12 2014 08:30AM
Before he became Charlotte County’s sheriff in 2012, Bill Prummell spent some time with the Sheriff’s Office as a captain running the Investigations Unit. While he was in that role … Find out how to read more online.
Church responds to civil suit verdict
Fri  Dec 12 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The day after a jury handed down a major judgment against Port Charlotte United Methodist Church, in whose parking lot a 10-year-old boy was struck and killed … Find out how to read more online.
Suit nets $1.2M
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A jury has decided Port Charlotte United Methodist Church was mostly at fault in the death of 10-year-old Younique Miller, who was struck by a pickup and … Find out how to read more online.
Major development sets sights on DeSoto
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
After years of stagnant economic growth, DeSoto County may have received a major shot in the arm with Governor Rick Scott’s approval Tuesday for the state to sell the former … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto teachers’ effectiveness on the upswing
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
The Florida Department of Education just released preliminary results of annual teacher evaluations, and the numbers reveal that 86.6 percent of DeSoto County School District teachers earned effective or highly … Find out how to read more online.
County OKs FDOT’s 5-year plan
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 on a request from the Florida Department of Transportation to approve its five-year plan for road construction in the county. FDOT’s Laura … Find out how to read more online.
Community newspaper delivers
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
I’ve read a newspaper for as long as I can remember. As a child, I read the paper after my parents had read it through. I’d read the sports section … Find out how to read more online.
Major development targets DeSoto
Thu  Dec 11 2014 08:30AM
After years of stagnant economic growth, DeSoto County may have received a major shot in the arm with Gov. Rick Scott’s approval this week for the state to sell the former … Find out how to read more online.
Shopping for children with special needs
Mon  Dec 8 2014 08:30AM
Buying “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” for a child or teen with ADD or autism might not be the best choice for a holiday gift. While children with special needs … Find out how to read more online.
Local man was like a son to admiral on USS South Dakota
Mon  Dec 8 2014 08:30AM
Bill Hallo of North Port fired the 16-inch main guns on the stern of the battleship USS South Dakota in some of the major battles in the Pacific during World … Find out how to read more online.
Mac North receives WWII ribbons — 69 years later
Thu  Dec 4 2014 08:30AM
After 69 years, James “Mac” North of Arcadia finally received the World War II honors he earned back in the 1940s. North served three years on the battleship USS Texas … Find out how to read more online.
Vietnam Wall arrives in Arcadia
Thu  Dec 4 2014 08:30AM
The Traveling Vietnam Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., arrived in Arcadia Wednesday, escorted by hundreds of motorcycle riders, many representing the Vietnam Brotherhood, … Find out how to read more online.