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All Faiths vegetables coming to Englewood
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA — More than 30 people stood in line Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Sarasota Hope Center waiting for fresh vegetables from All Faiths’ Sprout program. “It’s … Find out how to read more online.
Bud Gerow served with ‘Merrill’s Marauders’ in Burma during WWII
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
“Merrill’s Marauders” is what newspaper reporters who covered their exploits a lifetime ago during World War II called them. Officially they were the “5307th Composite Unit Provisional,” a long-range penetration … Find out how to read more online.
200 years of lyrical pride
Sun  Sep 14 2014 08:00AM
Today is the 200th anniversary of the penning of our national anthem’s words by Francis Scott Key in 1814. The anthem is a staple at patriotic church services, memorial events … Find out how to read more online.
Still waiting for Super Boat audit
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners are hoping to see an audit of the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix held in April — and they want to see it … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks mixed ahead of Fed; small firms slump
Tue  Sep 16 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors played it safe on Monday ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting. While large company stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped. Fed policymakers start a two-day meeting on Tuesday and … read more.

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico’s Baja
Tue  Sep 16 2014 01:19AM
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disaster zones. About 30,000 … read more.

Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence
Tue  Sep 16 2014 01:19AM
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families fight over how to vote in Scotland’s independence referendum. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their elders … read more.

Medals of Honor
Tue  Sep 16 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm’s way to protect their … read more.

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School Board gets a taste of new testing
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
No more sharpened No. 2 pencils. No more filling in the circle. No more erasures. DeSoto County School Board members were given a taste of what standardized testing will be like for today’s students. And as Laurie Graebner, Assessment Coordinator, … Find out how to read more online.

9-11 remembrance, 13 years later
Thu  Sep 11 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto County Fire Rescue organized a ceremony in observance of Patriot Day at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11. The ceremony will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park, with a moment of silence observed at 9:03 a.m., … Find out how to read more online.


Car thieves hit brakes
Mon  Sep 8 2014 08:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell recently stated he has noticed “a strange phenomenon” — people leaving their keys in the car. “(That behavior is) not really a good idea, as we have also noticed a slight increase in vehicle thefts … Find out how to read more online.

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