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County holds off on Sonoma decision
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
In a marathon meeting that was standing room only, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners unanimously tabled a proposed Planned Unit Development rezoning for Sonoma Preserve. Concerned residents from the … Find out how to read more online.
Forum focuses on marshal, council races
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Arcadia residents had the chance to hear first-hand from all city council and marshal candidates on their visions for the city’s future during a forum last Thursday. The event, hosted … Find out how to read more online.
High school principal resigns to take out-of-district position
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
During Tuesday’s school board meeting, superintendent Dr. Karyn Gary reported that DeSoto County High School Principal Nelson Stephenson had submitted a letter of resignation, because he had an offer to … Find out how to read more online.
Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her … Find out how to read more online.
The Arcadian hosts final election forum tonight
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Tonight, Arcadia voters will have their last chance to learn about the candidates for city offices in this year’s election, and will have their last opportunity to meet and question … Find out how to read more online.
Waiting for Charlotte’s Web
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: The Sun periodically will be writing about the Wager family as they try new treatments — possibly medical marijuana — for their son Dylan, who suffers from cerebral … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in … Find out how to read more online.
New data security for Beef’s post-breach
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The owner of the local Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Sumter Boulevard has made significant strides toward protecting his restaurant and his customers, following a data breach in … Find out how to read more online.
Open for business
Mon  Oct 20 2014 02:31PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Angel Luna drove two and half hours from Orlando after work on Wednesday to be first in line for the grand opening of the new Mall at … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with vehicular homicide
Mon  Oct 20 2014 02:31PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June. David McGovern, 24, … Find out how to read more online.
Constance calls for authority chief’s ouster
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
BRADENTON — Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance called for the termination of Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority’s Executive Director Pat Lehman on Wednesday, claiming that Lehman constantly abused … Find out how to read more online.
DMH holds ‘Community Conversations’
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
A disappointing turnout did not deter DeSoto Memorial Hospital personnel from holding several “Community Conversations.” The sessions, which ran from Oct. 6 through Oct. 13, were meant to provide a … Find out how to read more online.
New UTC Mall opening this week
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As the clock winds down to the grand opening of the Mall at University Town Center on Thursday, constructions crews, retailers and restaurateurs are all working feverishly … Find out how to read more online.
Resources help abuse victims reclaim power
Mon  Oct 13 2014 03:24PM
The color purple is taking on new meaning after cities statewide have proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Several organizations in Sarasota and Charlotte counties are using purple ribbons … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping up with the third-graders
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
DEEP CREEK — “Ms. Staik, I just don’t get it.” Those words, whined by a third-grade student at Deep Creek Elementary School, just about broke my heart. And the worst … Find out how to read more online.
Death spurs charge
Thu  Oct 9 2014 08:00AM
DEEP CREEK — A man could face serious prison time after authorities said he neglected the elderly and contributed to the death of a woman while he owned and ran … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD sergeant passes away
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police Sgt. Scott Graham, 59, of Port Charlotte, died Friday after several months spent fighting a critical illness. “He will be missed,” NPPD Chief Kevin … Find out how to read more online.
Groups network over homeless outreach
Thu  Oct 9 2014 02:06PM
NORTH PORT — Pregnancy Solutions in North Port and Venice helps struggling parents with free diapers and clothing. Jewish Family Services helps residents catch up on their bills and stay … Find out how to read more online.
An unlikely ally
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Editor’s note: T he names in this story have been changed to protect those mentioned. Ray sits on a rocking chair in his lanai, awkwardly adjusting back and forth as … Find out how to read more online.
A final look at the candidates
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
In an effort to help you, the voter, decide whom to choose in local elections, the Arcadian submitted questionnaires to the candidates running for local offices in contested races (City … Find out how to read more online.
City OKs purchase of new police car
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council unanimously approved the use of approximately $15,000 from the its capital expenditure fund toward the purchase of a new Arcadia Police Department squad car. The city’s … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween portraits, with a heavy heart
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tammy Grueber will carry through with her pledge to provide free photos of Halloween revelers Friday at Nickolson’s Portrait Studio, to support the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. … Find out how to read more online.
City to seek grant for old City Hall study
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Arcadia Main Street told City Council, during a workshop held Tuesday before the regular council meeting, it wants to apply for a grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates at a glance
Tue  Oct 28 2014 01:43PM
Editor’s note: The following profiles were not submitted in time to meet the deadline for last week’s DeSoto Election Guide. They are being included in this week’s edition to allow … Find out how to read more online.
Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage … Find out how to read more online.
Expect seasonal weather, afternoon showers
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After a dry weekend, residents can expect mostly sunny skies again on Monday, but partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected after … Find out how to read more online.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins with first step
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor remembers her grandmother as an outgoing and nurturing woman. Pearl Peeler, now 95, used to invite patients from the mental hospital, where she worked, to … Find out how to read more online.
Czech-Slovak Club begins new season
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 season at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Table Restaurant, … Find out how to read more online.
Doctors urge caution
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
Upon returning to Punta Gorda from his homeland in Nigeria, where he is helping to support a local hospital, retired physician Dr. Olawale Idewu had his Atlanta-bound plane diverted out … Find out how to read more online.
Audit shows first boat race lost money
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK —The inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April finds itself swimming $54,511 in the red. According to a Charlotte County Clerk of the Court audit, the boat … Find out how to read more online.
Citrus estimates up for 2015
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
In one of the most anticipated citrus forecasts in recent memory, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted a slight increase in the 2014-2015 Florida orange estimate Friday. Local growers gathered … Find out how to read more online.
School Board meets Precious Pearls
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board learned about the Precious Pearls Program during its Tuesday night meeting. Founder Shameka Hollimon, appearing with co-founder Kameelah Goodman, said Precious Pearls is designed to … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front comes this week
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
The weather should “cool off a little bit” this week, according to Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. This is due to a cold front with showers and thunderstorms … Find out how to read more online.
Serving lunch to 700 students
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — When asked to spend a day in the shoes of someone who works in Charlotte County Public Schools, I was given the choice of being a principal … Find out how to read more online.
Getting kids to school safely
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Before most of us are out of bed, there’s a small army of quick-witted, team-minded, safety-conscious professionals who have a great responsibility twice a day: safely driving … Find out how to read more online.
Health & Fitness Fair celebrates active lifestyle
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Starting off in Canada, then Wisconsin, and making multiple stops before landing in Punta Gorda and New Mexico, respectively, sisters Lisa Heid and Traci Hegland have known … Find out how to read more online.
Wildlife center in limbo
Mon  Oct 6 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — After a deal that would have secured the future of the Peace River Wildlife Center fell through, officials still are scrambling to figure out how to right … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota advances medical marijuana ordinance
Thu  Oct 9 2014 02:04PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners unanimously approved Wednesday the first public reading of a zoning-ordinance revision aimed at governing potential medical marijuana businesses. The second, and final, public hearing is … Find out how to read more online.