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Fans flock to Englewood for fun, sun and high-speed boats
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sharpnack would likely never have made it to the white sand beach on Manasota Key if it hadn’t been for the powerboat races held in Englewood Sunday. … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia event highlights sexual assault awareness month
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
It’s not a crime of passion. It’s an act of violence. Victims don’t have to be in the shadows, but must seek help and justice, which are available for the … Find out how to read more online.
Fire Station 1 study results revealed
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners received an initial estimate Tuesday on the costs of rehabbing the Fire Station 1 building. Bob Taylor from Alliance Design Group in Punta Gorda … Find out how to read more online.
Big beer vs. small craft brewers
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bill Frazer has been working for months to transform a Charlotte Street warehouse space into Fat Point Brewing Company, marking the first microbrewery in Charlotte County. The … Find out how to read more online.
Mercury cleanup costs school district $39,000
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto County School Superinten-dent Karyn Gary told the School Board Tuesday evening that the district’s net cost to clean up the recent mercury spill at DeSoto Middle School was approximately … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County artist Guy LaBree honored in Tallahassee
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
How many DeSoto County residents not only have had a song written in their honor by Florida folk songwriter Frank Thomas, but also have displayed their artwork in the Smithsonian … Find out how to read more online.
Homes in demand
Tue  Apr 8 2014 04:57PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The number of distressed homes plunged further in March throughout the region’s housing market, ushering in a demand for new-home construction. The Charlotte County Clerk of Courts … Find out how to read more online.
Stormy weather forecast for area
Mon  Apr 7 2014 08:00AM
A storm front moving through Southwest Florida will bring with it the threat of severe thunderstorms and even a possible tornado, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Tampa office … Find out how to read more online.
Sun Coast Media Group buys Sebring paper
Thu  Apr 3 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Sun Coast Media Group, parent company of The Arcadian, has purchased the Sebring News-Sun, Highlands County’s hometown newspaper since 1927, further expanding its unique brand of … Find out how to read more online.
Foundation seeks to restore Smith Brown Gym
Thu  Apr 3 2014 08:00AM
Standing before the Arcadia City Council recently, the Smith Brown Community Foundation Board of Directors unveiled an ambitious plan to renovate the Smith Brown Gym. The foundation laid out plans … Find out how to read more online.
Council to meet Monday on administrator search
Thu  Apr 3 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in council chambers to finalize a formal hiring process and gather questions to be asked during interviews … Find out how to read more online.
The state of health
Mon  Mar 31 2014 02:13PM
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, which measures vital health factors in most U.S. counties, has ranked Sarasota County eighth out of Florida’s 67 counties in its 2014 report. … Find out how to read more online.
Mild, dry weather returns to area
Mon  Mar 31 2014 08:00AM
Typical Florida spring weather returns to Charlotte and surrounding counties this week after a rainy weekend. A high pressure system has moved into Southwest Florida and it should hang out … Find out how to read more online.
County approves social media policy
Thu  Mar 27 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a social media policy for county employees. The policy limits employees’ personal use of social media during working hours, and also restricts … Find out how to read more online.
Slick conditions lead to crash
Thu  Mar 27 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto County’s Clerk of Courts Mitzie McGavic was injured in a collision Monday morning when the driver of a tractor-trailer lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median on … Find out how to read more online.
Perdue decoded North Korean messages
Mon  Mar 24 2014 08:00AM
Airman 1st Class John Perdue spent most of his four years in the U.S. Air Force decoding secret messages from the North Korean Air Force during the Korean War of … Find out how to read more online.
Finding her way out of the dark
Sun  Mar 23 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: The Sun is using only the person’s first name for reasons of privacy. Tucked deep inside her Samsung phone, like a pearl in an oyster, 64-year-old Gail keeps … Find out how to read more online.
Two admin candidates drop out
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
The Arcadia City Council scrambled to fill two openings in its city administrator search after two candidates accepted offers for other jobs. City Clerk Penny Delaney informed the council that … Find out how to read more online.
Health Fair gives tips on healthy living
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
We ignore what our bodies tell us. Losing focus, short breath, pressures and aches may be symptoms of something serious. Neglecting these road signs is how we get sick, and … Find out how to read more online.
Open house highlights animal success stories
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
Lions, Tigers and Bears is holding its annual Easter Weekend Open House Friday and Saturday. The facility will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and visitors will be … Find out how to read more online.
Soggy week on tap
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
A front moving through Southwest Florida will bring with it rain for the majority of the week. The front will begin moving into the area Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it … Find out how to read more online.
Freeman remembers Tet Offensive in 1969
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
Tet was the big battle former Air Force Sgt. Jack Freeman of Port Charlotte recalls most vividly from his year-long deployment to Vietnam. Some 80,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and … Find out how to read more online.
School district advocates proposed leadership academy
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School District held another meeting Monday in Lake Suzy to gauge interest in a proposed new Leadership Academy. On the campus of the proposed Lake Suzy Leadership … Find out how to read more online.
12th circuit court offers free mediation services
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
The Citizen Dispute Settlement Program offers free Mediation Services by the 12th Judicial Circuit Court System, which includes DeSoto, Sarasota and Manatee counties. These services are conducted within the courthouses … Find out how to read more online.
Former band teacher convicted of sex crime
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
After deliberating for two hours on Tuesday, a jury convicted Luis Omar Alvarez, 35, of sexual battery involving one of his former students. Court records show Alvarez, now residing in … Find out how to read more online.
DMH moves toward sale
Thu  Apr 3 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Memorial Hospital board of directors voted 5-0 last Thursday to pursue the sale of the hospital to a private entity. The move allows hospital administration to begin the … Find out how to read more online.
Bob Goff joined the Army in 1948 to escape life at home
Mon  Apr 7 2014 08:00AM
Bob Goff grew up in Placida, south of Englewood, and joined the Army at 16 after he dropped out of Venice-Nokomis High School in 10th grade. He lied about his … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC alumna finds passion for helping students
Thu  Apr 3 2014 08:00AM
Ashely Coone, 31, South Florida State College graduate and lifelong DeSoto County resident, is the executive director of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce, bringing a fresh perspective. After graduating … Find out how to read more online.
Dixon found not guilty on charges
Thu  Apr 3 2014 08:00AM
A 12th judicial circuit judge ruled Arcadia resident Lorenzo Dixon was not guilty of charges of improper exhibition of a rifle and attempt and/or assault. The charges stem from a … Find out how to read more online.
McGavic expected to recover fully
Thu  Apr 3 2014 08:00AM
Bill McGavic wanted to let the community know his wife, Mitzie McGavic, is expected to recover fully from injuries she suffered in a vehicular wreck on March 24. “It’s going … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto family tragedy
Thu  Apr 3 2014 08:00AM
A tragic family tale unfolded last Thursday night when George Burnham was killed and his wife, JoAnn, was severely beaten, allegedly by their son, Karl Edward Burnham, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Burned dog struggling to survive
Thu  Mar 27 2014 08:00AM
A dog that was set on fire in Arcadia March 20 has been transferred to BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa to receive further treatment. The one-year-old female mixed-breed dog named … Find out how to read more online.
Johnson received Silver Star for turning on carrier’s sprinklers
Mon  Mar 31 2014 02:15PM
Richard Johnson barely escaped with his life when a couple of Japanese kamikaze aircraft struck the carrier USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) within minutes of each other the afternoon of Jan. 21, … Find out how to read more online.
Mercury cleanup cost could top $100,000
Thu  Mar 27 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto Middle School reopened for students on Monday, after almost two weeks of closure due to a spill of liquid mercury. One student had brought mercury from home — where … Find out how to read more online.
Mental health crisis
Sun  Mar 23 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: This is the first of an occasional series looking at mental health care in Florida. It’s a busy day in the crisis stabilization unit at Charlotte Behavioral Health … Find out how to read more online.
Soggy spring weather in forecast
Mon  Mar 24 2014 08:00AM
Residents around Southwest Florida are looking at a soggy start to the work week. A low-pressure system forming over the Atlantic Ocean should move into the area sometime today bringing … Find out how to read more online.
Cop ends own life
Fri  Mar 21 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — North Port Police Officer Ricky Urbina agreed to turn himself in to police Thursday afternoon. He walked his dog, then went to his back lanai and shot … Find out how to read more online.