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More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
A couple more cold fronts are headed to Southwest Florida, but the work week should be mostly dry except for Monday, according to Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man recalls time in German POW camp
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story. While serving as a 57 mm gunner in the 106th Infantry Division, part of Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army, in … Find out how to read more online.
Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge filed in Calif. after local man’s death
Fri  Jan 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A murder charge has been filed in California against a man accused of killing Ricky Platt, 34, who left Punta Gorda four years ago without telling his … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Northeast snowstorm looms
Tue  Jan 27 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK — More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that … read more.

Stocks eke out small gains after drifting most of the day
Tue  Jan 27 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks eked out tiny gains on Monday after spending much of the day drifting sideways. Major stock indexes barely budged early as investors took in stride the election of a Greek political party that has … read more.


Tue  Jan 27 2015 01:19AM
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs. Lacey Spears, 27, of … read more.

Florida cities lead in ‘underwater’ homes
Tue  Jan 27 2015 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Florida cities are still among the nation’s top metro areas in the share of “underwater” homes in their communities. A list compiled by the research firm RealtyTrac puts four Florida cities among the top housing markets with … read more.

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More Local News
Advocates push to have killer’s case reheard
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 17, Steven Castanedo of Gulf Cove was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of his friend Juan Tavares. When he gets out of prison, he will be 53 years old, unless he gets another day in court. … Find out how to read more online.

King’s legacy celebrated at NAACP breakfast & parade
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto County Branch of the NAACP held its annual breakfast and parade in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Dreams for Our Community” was the theme for this year’s commemorative events. The Saturday … Find out how to read more online.

Planning and Zoning OKs first step for DJJ property
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
DeSoto County’s Planning and Zoning Board recommended an amendment to the county’s Future Land Use Plan that is a first step in the reuse of the former G. Pierce Wood/DeSoto Juvenile Justice property. The property, comprising about 800 acres off … Find out how to read more online.

Construction begins on downtown project
Thu  Jan 22 2015 08:30AM
Construction on a project aimed at beautifying the downtown area is finally underway after nearly a decade of planning. Three intersections — Oak St./Polk Ave.; Oak St./Monroe Ave.; and Oak St./Manatee Ave. — will be transformed in the next five … Find out how to read more online.

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