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Making the grade
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
Two area high schools again received academic accolades from U.S. News & World Report, improving over last year’s rankings. The online magazine ranks public high schools in every state and … Find out how to read more online.
From last to top three: A-Team makes DeSoto proud
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto County High School’s A-Team (Academic Team) placed in the top three in a state academic competition held at Disney. Teacher Andrew Hagen told the School Board Tuesday the team … Find out how to read more online.
Bills to compensate Richardson for wrongful imprisonment advance
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
James Joseph Richardson, who spent more than 20 years in a state prison before being freed in 1979, is closer to being compensated for his prison time. A Florida Senate … Find out how to read more online.
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First lady touts one-stop job site for vets
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to … read more.

Amid Russian warning, Ukraine’s in a security bind
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov … read more.

New Syrian gas attacks?
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, … read more.

Teen ‘had no clue’ he was in Maui
Thu  Apr 24 2014 01:19AM
HONOLULU — Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner’s wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, … read more.

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County receives $1.8 million windfall
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners learned Tuesday of nearly $2 million in additional funding made available through a previously restricted fund. Administrative Services Director Linda Nipper told the board the county’s auditing firm alerted staff to the additional funding, … Find out how to read more online.


The feathers of frustration
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
A few weeks ago, Karen Smoke penned an insightful Over the Garden Gate column about wild turkey behavior. Reading her piece, one sentence in particular caught my eye: “Meleagris gallopavo is known for its crafty and secretive nature.” I couldn’t … Find out how to read more online.

Volunteers empower children through Guardian ad Litem
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
The Guardian ad Litem Program began service to the children in DeSoto County during the 1980s with two volunteers. Originally, Guardian ad Litem was a county level entity that served the interests of children during a divorce. Early in this … Find out how to read more online.

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