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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
NASA remembering 17 astronauts killed in the line of duty
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth. For Robert “Hoot” Gibson, it’s a time to … read more.

A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — For all the danger posed to Florida’s Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there’s one thing researchers don’t want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory. The … read more.

Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
SEATTLE (AP) — For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades. They say the orca … read more.

Survivalist pleads not guilty in ambush killing
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for … 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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