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A winning moment
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A young man, smaller than all his peers but proudly sporting the light blue team jersey, dribbles the ball down the court. He steps up to the … Find out how to read more online.
One dead after plane crashes at beach
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
A plane making an emergency landing crashed at Caspersen Beach in Venice Sunday, killing a man on the beach and critically injuring his daughter. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was … Find out how to read more online.
Standing for something special
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM

To help

Englewood’s Special Olympics stand-up paddleboard team is in need of community support and volunteers. To learn more about how you can help, call SUP Englewood at 941-234-4311.

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PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:18AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
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.
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.
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 … Find out how to read more online.
County OKs Nocatee church building
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night approved the rebuilding of the Nocatee Church of God on the church’s 4.4 acre property. The original structure, built in 1923, was … Find out how to read more online.
Morning showers in forecast for today and Tuesday
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
A weak upper-level weather disturbance coupled with a lower-level front along the Gulf of Mexico is likely to cause rain showers and possible storms during the early morning hours in … Find out how to read more online.
Filling a need
Tue  Jul 15 2014 02:14PM
For children ages 6 and up, the North Port Art Center is offering its usual array of week-long summer camps, where students receive professional instruction in crafts and the fine … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay gridders charged in thefts
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three Lemon Bay High School football players were among four Englewood-area teens arrested this week by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office for their alleged involvement in a string … Find out how to read more online.
School dress codes become more flexible
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
Most parents are rejoicing over the changes in school dress codes for the 2014-2015 school year. In the last School Board meeting, the board adopted a new policy manual relaxing … Find out how to read more online.
Snyder earns certification
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
Deborah “Debby” Snyder, a DeSoto County School Board Member, was recognized as a Certified Board Member on June 13, in Tampa at the Annual Summer Conference sponsored by the Florida … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto schools report card disappointing: Three Fs, one D
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Department of Education released school grades on Friday, and the DeSoto County School District’s report card was not good. In fact, it was downright dismal. All three elementary … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadian, Bauer win state press awards
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
The Florida Press Association awarded The Arcadian second place in its annual contest to select the best overall weekly publication in the state of Florida. Assistant Editor Steve Bauer also … Find out how to read more online.
Early morning thunderstorms in forecast for mid-week
Thu  Jul 17 2014 12:13PM
Residents around Southwest Florida can expect a typical Florida summertime weather pattern today, but thunderstorms can begin forming in the mornings by mid-week, according to the National Weather Service. A … Find out how to read more online.
Sgriccia was 18 when she signed up to be an Air Corps nurse
Mon  Jul 14 2014 08:00AM
In 1939, the year Marie Sgriccia graduated from high school, the 17-year-old had to wait a year before attending college to become a registered nurse, because they wouldn’t take her … Find out how to read more online.
‘Nothing can stop us’
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:03AM
MURDOCK — When Hurricane Charley rocked the area a decade ago, Rony Charles remembers the storm’s effects. Aside from the physical damage, streets were flooded, and some people were left … Find out how to read more online.
County gets grant funds to promote tourism
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning, has awarded a Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature Tourism Grant to DeSoto County Tourist Development Council for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year, … Find out how to read more online.
Housing Authority goes tobacco-free
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia Housing Authority became smoke-free and tobacco-free as of July 1. Residents and guests now are not permitted to smoke in, or within 10 feet of, their AHA units … Find out how to read more online.
Jail gripes gobble staff time
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits … Find out how to read more online.
Keith Jones fought in ‘Battle of the Bulge’
Mon  Jul 28 2014 08:00AM
Keith Jones was too skinny to get in the Navy in 1942, but the Army took him anyway despite his lack of weight. He became a member of the 87th … Find out how to read more online.
Hot, hot, hot
Sun  Jul 27 2014 08:00AM
The recovery of the area’s real estate market is best illustrated by the shortages it’s created. “We’re having trouble getting listings, because everybody knows (values are rising). Some of the … Find out how to read more online.
Indigent care tax inches forward
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners took a baby step Tuesday toward helping DeSoto Memorial Hospital lighten its financial debt. The board voted 4-1 to allow public notice of its … 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.
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.
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 … Find out how to read more online.
‘A brain erase’
Mon  Jul 21 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Brenda Peckman calls what her mother has a “brain erase.” Like the movie “The Notebook,” in which the elderly woman Allie Hamilton sometimes doesn’t recognize her husband, Peckman … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriffs’ roles key
Sun  Jul 20 2014 08:00AM
Members of a human-smuggling organization — including one from Port Charlotte and two from North Port — will be sentenced within the next couple months, after recently being convicted of … Find out how to read more online.
Alert: Missing Child
Fri  Jul 18 2014 06:28PM
Alert: Missing Child:Brianna Newburn, 10yoa, female, white, 4 08, 65lbs.(14251 Chancllor Blvd, Port Charlotte Fl. 1:00PM.07-18-2014. The Charlotte County Sheriff Office request your assistance in locating a missing child, she … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown forum makes slow progress
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
After nearly two hours of personal insults and high tempers, cooler heads finally prevailed during last week’s first Downtown Special Event Planning Series. The forum was intended to give downtown … Find out how to read more online.
Personalities clash over email
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
Tuesday’s City Council meeting turned into a sparring match between City Councilman Joe Fink and Gary Frierson. At issue was an email Frierson purportedly sent to former City Administrator Judith … Find out how to read more online.
DMH honored for birth practices
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto Memorial Hospital was honored by the March of Dimes and the Florida District XII of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for reducing the number of early elective … Find out how to read more online.
Clerk of Courts scores high in FDLE audit
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County Clerk of Courts Office was recently audited by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Clerk of Courts Mitzie W. McGavic says she is extremely proud of the … Find out how to read more online.
500-mile ride raises funds for Traveling Wall
Thu  Jul 17 2014 08:00AM
It is a foggy Saturday morning and the sun has not yet shown itself over the large oak tree across the road. However, at the Open Road Bar and Grill … Find out how to read more online.
‘Poverty no excuse for poor test scores’
Sun  Jul 13 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Public Schools superintendent Doug Whittaker said studies show poverty plays more of a role in test performance in the U.S. education system than any other factor, including cultural … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates make their case at forum
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
Candidates vying for seats on the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners and School Board gave their opinions on several hot-button community topics during a public forum Tuesday night. The event, … Find out how to read more online.
BOCC handpicks Hines
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners caught many by surprise Tuesday by informally offered the permanent administrator position to Mandy Hines, and directed Attorney Don Conn to enter into contract … Find out how to read more online.
School district tentatively OKs higher millage rate
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved publication of the School District’s tentative 2014-2015 budget and millage rate. Finance Director Marcia Saulo said the tentative millage rate is slightly higher this … Find out how to read more online.
Rats rush day care move
Fri  Jul 11 2014 08:03AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Family YMCA is moving some of its child care services due to rats. The organization, which is under the umbrella of the Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.