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You Auto Know: Gift cars from caring husbands
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
When those of you who follow this column read today’s article about two very different ladies with very different cars, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The oldest automobile is a 1995 … Find out how to read more online.
Medical marijuana dispensary eyes Charlotte County
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte County could get its first medical marijuana dispensary within the next few months. VidaCann Vice President of Product Development Peyton Moseley confirmed Friday the company is finalizing a lease … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial service honors fallen officers
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
A memorial service Tuesday evening, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police, honored law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. A Port Charlotte native, Orange County Sheriff’s Office … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all Charlotte and Sarasota County government business offices along with North Port and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed May 28. All … Find out how to read more online.
North Port escheated lots, Buchan Airport part of surplus lands discussion
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
SARASOTA — For old-timers watching a portion of the Sarasota County commissioners’ budget workshop Friday, they may have felt a sense of déjà vu, at least on one item. Listed … Find out how to read more online.
Dump truck mishap causes power outage
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Officials worked throughout Friday morning to ensure power and communication lines were up and running, after a dump truck knocked them down Thursday. According to FPL spokesperson … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Commission makes progress on updated parking regulations
Fri  May 25 2018 07:52PM
NORTH PORT — Commissioners are one step closer to creating new regulations for parking in and around residences. But at the Tuesday night meeting, one thing put their progress on … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial Day concert helps area emergency responders, pets
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
For those looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend, the Starlight Singers, a Sarasota-based troupe of entertainers, will host a benefit concert for a great cause. The event, … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Woman’s Club sips to 100 years
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Members of the Lemon Bay Woman’s Club continued their year-long celebration of the club’s 100th anniversary with a celebratory Ladies Tea on May 20. The club was formed in 1918, … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Little League to pick junior all-stars
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The junior division Little League baseball season has ended, but the all-star district tournament is coming up quick. The Englewood all-stars will be picked from the Rangers and … Find out how to read more online.
Crime rate drops locally, statewide
Wed  May 23 2018 04:02PM
From 2016 to 2017, crime in Charlotte County decreased by more than 12 percent, according to the Uniform Crime Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday. Likewise, … Find out how to read more online.
Hidden gem: Peanut Island in Palm Beach County
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
Do you ever dream of being in a tropical paradise but worry it will be too expensive and you will not have enough vacation time to go? There is a … Find out how to read more online.
Mosaic rezoning scheduled for June 5-6
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
Signs announcing public hearing notices on a rezoning application in June riled those opposing the project. Mosaic Fertilizer LLC on signs along State Road 70 announced its intentions to rezone … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial Day tribute: thanks to soldiers, sailors, airmen and their families
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
The last Monday in May is Memorial Day, time set aside to honor those who died while serving with the United States military. While Memorial Day unofficially began following the … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County Education Foundation grant
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
Fourteen Florida programs have been awarded a one-year, $5,000 grant for the implementation of a health literacy program to benefit their Adult Education, ESOL and family literacy students. Included in … Find out how to read more online.
Horizon Coach closes, true family business
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
After approximately 22 years of existence, it is with sadness and a lot of great memories, that Horizon Coach, LLC has closed its doors. Horizon Coach was owned by Mike … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia Garden Club honors Year of the Bird
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
Babs Ames opened the May 7 Arcadia Garden Club meeting, with 13 members and four guests attending. Well-known Florida Master Naturalist Jamie Reynolds was the program presenter. Reynolds provides guided … Find out how to read more online.
FEMA wants locals to have storm plans
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
Local Florida officials such as those in DeSoto County and Arcadia shouldn’t rely on the federal government to be on the ground everywhere a day or days after the next … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto to spend $1.1 million on telecommunications
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
We used pagers and shoebox-sized mobile phones when DeSoto public-safety workers last got new communications equipment. That long stretch ended Tuesday. The DeSoto Board of County Commssioners approved more than … Find out how to read more online.
A soggy weekend awaits; Alberto forms
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Residents of Southwest Florida might want to consider hosting Memorial Day festivities indoors this weekend. The National Weather Service is expecting anywhere from three to six inches of rain between … Find out how to read more online.
Businesses collect retired American flags
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
With Memorial Day approaching, local businesses want to remind residents of the proper way to dispose of their American flags. Flags that have been worn down or desecrated — by … Find out how to read more online.
Workforce ready
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
More than 200 students graduated from a variety of programs at the Charlotte Technical College earlier this week. The college offers courses in everything from Computer Systems and Information Technology … Find out how to read more online.
‘Backpage’ website is back with local listings
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
Despite a federal shutdown of the website backpage.com over accusations it facilitated prostitution and sex trafficking, another site with a similar name is operating internationally with some local listings. Backpage.com … Find out how to read more online.
Will City Commission race need a primary?
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — With the qualifying period coming to a close a month from now for the nonpartisan North Port City Commission race, there is a chance the race could … Find out how to read more online.
A Memorial Moment for area veterans
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Area residents and workers are honoring veterans as the nation prepares to recognize Memorial Day on Monday. Memorial Day is dedicated to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines … Find out how to read more online.
North Port athletes sign letters of intent
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
N orth Port High School Letter of Intent signing ceremony included four seniors: Devon Allen, Carthage College, football; Daniel Gonzalez, track, Coffeyville Community College; Aryanna Hough, Colby Community College, basketball, … Find out how to read more online.
City Commission round up
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission packed in heavy-hitting topics at their Road and Drainage meeting, along with regular City Commission meeting Tuesday night. Despite removing some topics, … Find out how to read more online.
Kimberlin to serve on Englewood fire board
Sat  May 26 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Five months ago, Billy Kimberlin retired as a lieutenant with the Englewood Area Fire Control District. Thursday, the fire district’s attorney Lori Emery swore in Kimberlin as the … Find out how to read more online.
Calm before the storm Mother Nature vs. Memorial Day
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
The week’s daily downpours are only the start of the storm season for Southwest Florida. The area’s chance of rain and thunderstorms will only increase for Memorial Day weekend, according … Find out how to read more online.
Oak Park Inn dispute may be resolved soon
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
A financial dispute between the owner of the Oak Park Inn in downtown Arcadia and a potential buyer was in court last week. But the sides may resolve the ownership … Find out how to read more online.
Meet Arcadia’s Mia Butler, super volunteer, ‘kindness is contagious’
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
Mia Butler is the DeSoto County High School freshman class vice president, plays volleyball and basketball, awarded MVP in her first season with the basketball team. She will continue as … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia Kiwanis Club, book ‘em, sheriff
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
Kiwanis International, founded in 1915, is located in 80 countries worldwide with over 600,000 members focusing on the needs of children. The Arcadia Kiwanis Club began in 1922 and has … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto High Senior Awards, Class of 2018
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
Thursday night the DeSoto County High School senior class celebrated its Senior Awards Ceremony at the Turner Center. Seventy-six awards and scholarships were presented to students totaling more $1.1 million, … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County Foster Parents of the Year
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
The Sarasota YMCA on May 12 presented its Safe Children Coalition Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner at The Francis. DeSoto County Foster Parents of the Year are Jeff and Crystal Marquez. … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto receives emergency funds
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto County has been chosen to receive $12,841 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. This amount is determined by the number of people in the population … Find out how to read more online.
Cycle scene, bicycling in DeSoto County, linking two gems
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
A great bicycle ride that will take you along lightly traveled two-lane roads links two—actually three—DeSoto County parks. Begin at Morgan Park on the west side of town. (Large groups … Find out how to read more online.


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