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More cheating probed in North Port
Fri  Jan 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Fire Chief Bill Taaffe has declined to comment on allegations of cheating in an investigation into three fire employees — two of whom resigned Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
US 41 widening begins
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Mooring not on Charlotte’s horizon — for now
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners want to delve in a bit deeper before they consider establishing a designated mooring field in Lemon Bay or elsewhere. Commissioners, however, want to do … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Schools honor teachers, staff
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
West Elementary third grade teacher Wil Brunty was named DeSoto County’s Teacher of the Year in a special ceremony on Jan. 13. The honor included a check for $5,000 from … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks finish January on weak note
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year. All told, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3 percent in January, … read more.

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an … read more.

Milk does a body good? A look at the science
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to … read more.

Poet, songwriter Rod McKuen, dies at 81
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in … read more.

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School District hopes to save up to $2 million
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
On Tuesday, the DeSoto County School Board approved an agreement with a company called Cenergistic that could save the schools up to $2 million in energy and utility costs over the next 10 years. During a special workshop, the School … Find out how to read more online.

Third annual art show set for Feb. 6-7
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
The third annual Art of the River fine art show and Rio de la Paz Festival celebrates the Peace River and our Florida way of life. DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council hosts the event at the DeSoto Campus of South … Find out how to read more online.

FPL to expand solar power operations in DeSoto
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
Florida Power and Light is poised to triple its current solar power generating capacity, and part of that effort will include expanding its DeSoto County installation. In an announcement Monday, FPL released details about its plans to build substantially more … Find out how to read more online.

Lost dog — reward offered
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
PHOTO PROVIDED This male redbone cur was lost on Senate Street in Fort Ogden recently. He is about a year old and weighs roughly 85 pounds. A reward is being offered. His family loves and misses him. If you have … Find out how to read more online.

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