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Bill Willis had extensive Army career before heading to Vietnam
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the first of two parts. Billy Willis was a command sergeant major, a 30-year man in the U.S. Army — a lifer. The 84-year-old retired … Find out how to read more online.
Beach it early to avoid holiday rain
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE— Beachgoers and grill masters should get the holiday fun started early Labor Day if they want to avoid those pesky afternoon Florida showers and downpours throughout the area … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
Some hope for short Springs outage
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
NORTH PORT — Although the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, staff said the city’s plan to obtain full ownership of the Springs could allow … Find out how to read more online.
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F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran … read more.

Sinkhole that proved popular at Corvette Museum will be filled
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — A sinkhole that swallowed eight cars inside the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky will be filled even though it has become a tourist attraction that sharply increased attendance and revenue, the museum’s board decided on Saturday. The board … read more.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops this year’s box office universe
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) — The “Guardians of the Galaxy” misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over the U.S. Labor Day weekend, soaring past fellow Marvel hero “Captain America” to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2014. “Guardians” rang … read more.

Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama’s comment on Thursday when … read more.

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Nevins, first bishop of Venice diocese, dies
Sun  Aug 31 2014 03:09PM
VENICE — The Most Rev. John Nevins, founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from his successor, Bishop Frank Dewane. “It is with heartfelt sorrow … Find out how to read more online.


School Board clarifies policy on district transfers
Thu  Aug 28 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School Board approved one request for a student to transfer out of the district, and disapproved another, giving some insight to its position on out-of-district transfers. Board Chair Deborah Snyder opened the discussion over two students seeking … Find out how to read more online.

Newcomer, incumbent win DeSoto School Board races
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:59AM
DeSoto voters elected newcomer Daniel Via to the county’s School Board Tuesday, while incumbent Ronny Allen was awarded another term in office. Via, who has no political experience, narrowly edged out Dr. Roosevelt Johnson by 41 votes in the District … Find out how to read more online.

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