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Board, Gary take steps toward resolution
Thu  Feb 11 2016 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School District Board members and Superintendent Dr. Karyn Gary seemed to take a few small steps forward in resolving unfinished business. The issues included the dissension between … Find out how to read more online.
Valentine’s Day in DeSoto
Thu  Feb 11 2016 08:30AM
The Arcadian decided to ask leaders of DeSoto County a few questions about Valentine’s Day. Here are their responses, along with ours. Arcadian Editor Steve Bauer Most memorable, best or … Find out how to read more online.
Open carry bill triggers debate
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
On Wednesday, the Florida House of Representatives approved legislation that will allow Floridians with a concealed weapons license to carry their guns out in the open and in public places. … Find out how to read more online.
Parents react to recent student deaths
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three young people have died since Christmas Eve. And that’s three too many, according to a group of concerned Englewood mothers who want to take action as quickly … Find out how to read more online.
Forbes: North Port MSA 12th in real estate value
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city has made yet another list that indicates real estate investment values can be found here. The North Port metropolitan statistical area placed 12 in Forbes … Find out how to read more online.
Fairgoers can expect chillier weather
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
With temperatures jumping back into the 80s this work week, it may have felt like spring to some Southwest Floridians, but temperatures will soon drop back down. Charlotte County fairgoers … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide fish kill dribbling onto Manasota Key
Fri  Feb 5 2016 11:35AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dead fish continue to wash up onto Manasota Key, according to reports received by the Sun Thursday. Earlier this week, dead fish appeared along the Manasota Key shorelines … Find out how to read more online.
DMH has new credentialing process
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
DeSoto Memorial Hospital held its finance and monthly board meeting Thursday, which included several updates. DMH CEO Vince Sica said the Florida Hospital Association has created a new web site, … Find out how to read more online.
The sky’s the limit:
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
Born Feb. 4, 1921, in Arcadia, Jack Pooser grew up during the golden age of aviation. Arcadia had two cadets trained at Carlstrom Field until 1923, and those planes flew … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather expected, but also maybe some rain
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
Over the weekend, the weather may have gotten a bit chilly for Southwest Floridians, but they can now look forward to more moderate temperatures this week. The average high for … Find out how to read more online.
Vineland fifth-grader plans pet-adoption event
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Feeling down about being bullied, Iris Tufano decided to do something to cheer herself up. The 11-year-old took all $100 of her Christmas money and headed to the … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraising on foot, churchgoers walk for poor
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA –– More than a hundred volunteers gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Saturday morning to raise money for the area’s less fortunate. “We’re here to support St. Vincent … Find out how to read more online.
County OKs Open Road live music
Thu  Jan 28 2016 08:30AM
The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a special exception that allows limited live music at Open Road Bar and Grill. The establishment was granted a similar special … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioner Constance questions Charlotte County’s role with events
Fri  Jan 29 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance questions whether the county should re-examine its support of events. “We’re very fortunate to have partners like yourselves,” Constance told those attending the … Find out how to read more online.
Gary insists her right to hire legal counsel
Thu  Jan 28 2016 08:30AM
The issue of whether DeSoto School District Superintendent Dr. Karyn Gary has authority to hire legal counsel without the Board’s approval when it does not involve a conflict between her … Find out how to read more online.
DCEF Honors School District Employees
Thu  Jan 28 2016 08:30AM
West Elementary teacher Jackie Harris was named DeSoto County’s Teacher of the Year, an honor that included a check for $5,000 from Mid Florida and several other monetary gifts for … Find out how to read more online.
You may never know where your beef comes from
Mon  Jan 25 2016 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Keith Mann believes when you bite into a juicy cheeseburger, you should know where the meat came from. But, under new U.S. regulations, the country … Find out how to read more online.
Struck by a Pearl Harbor bullet, man later joins Navy
Mon  Jan 25 2016 08:30AM
Philip Riddle was wounded by a .50-caliber machine gun bullet when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, propelling the United States into World War II. He was … Find out how to read more online.
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Behind the badge:
Thu  Feb 11 2016 08:30AM
For a police officer, their uniform is always on. Their work becomes their life, and their reputation becomes how they are seen not as a person, but as a group … Find out how to read more online.
An uphill fight against illegal dumping
Thu  Feb 11 2016 08:30AM
Does community appearance matter to you? This was an area that was considered a high priority for 67 percent of the 123 participants in the annual Community Conversations over the … Find out how to read more online.
Airport fuels area’s economic engine
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Airport finished up another banner year in 2015, setting a personal-best mark for the third consecutive year with 836,472 travelers and realizing new revenue … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Champion her ‘dream come true’
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was a couple of hours before the steer show Friday night, and Alexis Burkett was busy grooming her steer, Slugger. In fact, the area behind the … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia woman’s death under investigation
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
The suspicious death of an Arcadia woman at a North Port motel is still under investigation. Linda Marie Smith, 59, was found dead in a Budget Inn motel room on … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney presents Danielle Dreher’s side of story
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Tonight when “Dateline” airs an episode about local firefighter Sam Presley Dreher’s murder, someone not interviewed was his ex-wife Danielle Dreher, who is in prison. Sam — … Find out how to read more online.
Roads dominate city meeting
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council met Tuesday for their regular meeting, and after approving several action items unanimously, City Administrator Terry Stewart spent significant time on arguably the hottest topic in … Find out how to read more online.
What’s for dinner DeSoto?
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
Restaurants like The Depot and the Cutlery close. Others like Magnolia’s Seafood and Grill and Hot Skillets are quick to take their place. Two Winn-Dixies become one and Sweetbay supermarket … Find out how to read more online.
Gambling crackdown
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
There were more than 1,000 gambling- related arrests in Florida between 2011 and 2014. None were from Charlotte County. Now, after recent state probes, there have been six people from … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor helped find secret Russian undersea cable, disarm nuclear bomb
Mon  Feb 1 2016 08:30AM
Walter Kaiser’s 26-year career in the Navy was pretty eventful. During his first decade, he served in the submarine service, searching for secret Soviet transmission cables on the sea floor … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Fair is reborn
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Fair was about to be born again at about 5 Friday evening. Out in the ticket line, Amber and Robert Kaleda and their daughter, … Find out how to read more online.
Rehabbed white pelican released off Stump Pass
Sun  Jan 31 2016 08:30AM
STUMP PASS — A mature American white pelican — rescued almost a month ago in Stump Pass while in distress — was released back to the wild Thursday by volunteers … Find out how to read more online.
Fairgoers to get plenty of sunshine
Fri  Jan 29 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians looking forward to the Charlotte County Fair this weekend may have been worried about the onslaught of rain in the past couple of days, but the forecast shows … Find out how to read more online.
Local teen has special bond with mustangs
Thu  Jan 28 2016 08:30AM
When wild mustangs overrun their land, they destroy both themselves and their natural habitat. In order for both to survive, the mustangs must go somewhere. And one mustang just arrived … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto history mystery: 117 S. Hillsborough
Thu  Jan 28 2016 08:30AM
Jacob “Jake” Way was born in 1869 in Illinois to German immigrants Peter and Elizabeth Wey. A jeweler trained in Switzerland, Peter soon moved his family to a Swiss-German community … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC Student Earns $40K scholarship
Thu  Jan 28 2016 08:30AM
Sierra Pelham arrived at the Highlands Campus of South Florida State College Monday morning expecting to fulfill a routine request. But she got the surprise of her life. Pelham, a … Find out how to read more online.
Single-family, condo sales trends on divergent paths
Mon  Jan 25 2016 04:57PM
While all home prices climbed higher and higher last year, sales numbers for area single-family and condo markets were going in different directions. Closed sales for Charlotte County single-family homes … Find out how to read more online.
Pears to lead Charlotte economic development
Mon  Jan 25 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Lucienne Pears, the interim county economic development chief, will apparently get what she wanted. At Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners are expected to appoint Pears to the top post, and … Find out how to read more online.
City OKs pothole repair to budget
Thu  Jan 21 2016 08:30AM
Arcadia’s City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt an amendment that will add the costs of a pothole repair program to the 2015-2016 budget. The budget amendment is the … Find out how to read more online.
Lack of funding snarls road projects
Mon  Jan 25 2016 04:57PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County officials are facing a shortfall of at least $55 million for needed upgrades of local roads over the next five years. And those demands are growing. … Find out how to read more online.