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Punta Gorda, a voting anomaly in the South
Sun  Aug 2 2015 08:30AM
Johnny Lloyd Jr. was just a little boy when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of legislation that struck down … Find out how to read more online.
Former Englewood man’s novel to become movie
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:22PM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ransom Riggs learned Samuel L. Jackson is playing a character in his young-adult novel turned movie, he freaked out. Novelist Riggs, who grew up in a little … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Jul 31 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A local man is facing a slew of charges — including attempted murder — after what the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office describes as a “vicious attack on two … Find out how to read more online.
Three times a hero
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
My dad, Joseph Kerecman, Sergeant, Army Air Force, has been gone nearly 20 years, but when I remember him, I recall his stories of service in World War II and … Find out how to read more online.
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10 chosen for GOP debate
Tue  Aug 4 2015 10:22PM
CLEVELAND — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has scored the top spot for Thursday night’s leadoff debate of the 2016 presidential race, joined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and seven other Republican contenders who made the … read more.

Week-old wildfire wreaks havoc on Calif. vacation spot
Tue  Aug 4 2015 10:22PM
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — A predictable but painful summertime ritual played out in half a dozen resort communities near California’s largest freshwater lake on Tuesday as an erratic, week-old wildfire that has wiped out dozens of buildings continued to threaten nearly … read more.

Wall Street stocks move lower
Tue  Aug 4 2015 10:22PM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell for a third straight day Tuesday as investors assessed some disappointing earnings reports. Allstate slumped to its biggest loss in more than five years after reporting a drop in profits that was worse … read more.

Drone drops drugs in prison yard, spurring fight
Tue  Aug 4 2015 10:22PM
MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a drone has dropped a package of drugs into an Ohio prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight. The package was dropped July 29 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, about 65 miles … read more.

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New parking restrictions in Charlotte residential districts
Sun  Aug 2 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners on Tuesday adopted new rules for the parking of boats, recreational vehicles, trucks and trailers in residential areas. Claire Jubb, interim community development director for the county, explained that, contrary to citizen concerns that the … Find out how to read more online.

Independence Day parade winners announced
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
On behalf of the Arcadia Moose Lodge 1327, the official sponsor of the 2015 Independence Day Parade, we thank all the entries that took part in the parade. It was a great parade this year — congratulations, Arcadia! Carl Gause … Find out how to read more online.

School district OKs slightly lower millage rate
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved a school millage rate that is slightly lower than last year’s rate. The millage rate for the 2015-16 year is 7.1390, compared with 7.2530 which was the rate last year. The new rate is … Find out how to read more online.

District prepares students with Back to School Fair
Thu  Jul 30 2015 08:30AM
As the gates to the DeSoto County High School opened Saturday morning, students frenzied to be first in line for the annual Back to School Fair. More than 800 students, escorted by their families, received new school supplies from local … Find out how to read more online.

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