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Baseball & the region:
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
No question, baseball is good for Charlotte and Sarasota counties. But it also should go without question that Charlotte and Sarasota are good for baseball. Of course, the marquee draw … Find out how to read more online.
Referendum, budget colliding?
Thu  Feb 22 2018 10:51PM
SARASOTA — Ahead of next month’s referendum vote, the Sarasota County School Board met to discuss the tentative 2018-19 budget. It is set to be released the same week as … Find out how to read more online.
Expo-goers learn about medical cannabis, acupuncture and more
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
ROTONDA — One of the questions Bridget Robinson is asked repeatedly is if a person suffering from chronic pain will get high from taking a medical marijuana pill. “A big … Find out how to read more online.
Representatives expect bipartisan bill soon on guns, schools, mental health
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
In the wake of last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland that killed 17 people, local Republican leaders in the Florida House of Representatives believe the Legislature will … Find out how to read more online.
Time travel is real ... through tribute bands
Tue  Feb 20 2018 08:30AM
Mackenzie Jackson is 30. While being a singer and songwriter in her own right, her main gig is playing Stevie Nicks in a Fleetwood Mac tribute band called Rumours. Rumours … Find out how to read more online.
Local pride over Olympic medal win
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
During a second day of women’s bobsled races Wednesday morning at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Charles Meyers may have cheered louder than anyone in Port Charlotte. “I’m so proud … Find out how to read more online.
Police Beat
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Douglas J. Friend, 59, 100 block of Rebel Court, Rotonda West. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Tonya Lynn … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership DeSoto Class IX
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
Friends, the community, family and members of Leadership DeSoto (class) IX enjoyed a Vintage Vegas benefit on Friday at McSwain Park in Arcadia. Proceeds from auctions, tickets, photos and food … Find out how to read more online.
Meet Tara Poulton, BOCC’s special projects director
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
Tara Poulton is the new DeSoto County BOCC Special Projects director. She reports to Administrator Mandy Hines. A University of South Florida grad and Sarasota County native, Poulton is a … Find out how to read more online.
Dental students bite down on the competition
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
South Florida State College students showed off their knowledge of dental hygiene during the It’s Hygienic competition on Feb. 3. SFSC’s Blue team, the Molar Bears, came in first place … Find out how to read more online.
Peace River Woodcarvers, a buzz at Trinity Methodist
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
I was surprised to see 50 or 60 men and women in the Trinity Methodist Church lunch room when I arrived to cover a story about the Peace River Woodcarvers. … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia Garden Club speaker explains bromeliads as epiphytes
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
The Arcadia Garden Club met Feb. 5, with 20 members attending. John Reynolds was recognized for his birthday and Linda and Jim Dill were congratulated for their anniversary. Members were … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Senior FFA connects
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto Senior FFA Chapter on Jan. 23 hosted a multi-state connection with the Pendleton, South Carolina, FFA Chapter at Arcadia Stockyards. During the visit, FFA youth talked about their various … Find out how to read more online.
Dave Bremer new DCHS principal, fresh challenges ahead
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
Dave Bremer is the new principal at DeSoto County High School. He replaces Ismael Villafane, who has been assigned to the Student Services Department. The Arcadian asked Bremer, a lifelong … Find out how to read more online.
Our students deserve better
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
Feb. 14, 2018, started as a typical Valentine’s Day in the school district of DeSoto. Flowers and candy for students flowed into our schools for distribution later in the day. … Find out how to read more online.
Overcrowding rules adopted, health concerns and complaints cited
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
It’s an old problem that Arcadia officials tackled at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Ordinances 1030-1031 respond to regular complaints and real health concerns that too many unrelated people pile into … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County School Board discusses achievement gap
Thu  Feb 22 2018 10:45PM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board workshop Tuesday provided an update on the achievement gap, retaining minority teachers and a look at iReady data. Supervisor of Pupil Support Services … Find out how to read more online.
Senior Center holds annual tea
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
The North Port Senior Center recently held its annual Tea Party. Participants were able to take in a traditional tea as well as enter raffles and contests for best hats … Find out how to read more online.
Road-E-O set for Saturday
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The annual North Port Public Works “Road-E-O” kicks off this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Administration Building, 1100 N. Chamberlain Blvd. … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Pier Group, doing the right thing for 31 years
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
A woman of a certain age, dressed to the nines, appeared at the entrance to Sharky’s On the Pier one evening. It seemed that a Sharky’s employee’s paycheck had been … Find out how to read more online.
Symphony teams with dancers
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Dancers and the North Port Symphony will work together in the symphony’s next concert, “Invitation to the Dance.” The concert will feature award-winner dancers Kelle Chancellor and … Find out how to read more online.
Band shell planned for Dearborn Street
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — West Dearborn Street could see its own permanent band shell. Not all the revitalization projects planned by Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency for the revitalization effort along West Dearborn … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda lifts medical cannabis ban
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Vice Mayor Gary Wein said Wednesday that Punta Gorda should have lifted its ban on medicinal marijuana treatment facilities sooner. “I wish I would have moved forward … Find out how to read more online.
Gettel goes to bat for Punta Gorda Youth Baseball
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
Gettel Chevrolet Buick GMC is partnering with the Punta Gorda Youth Baseball in Punta Gorda. Gettel Chevrolet Buick GMC has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to … Find out how to read more online.
Florida’s Hometown USA Program rep selected
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
Florida’s Hometown USA Program Inc. is a nonprofit educational youth organization for the students of Florida. The purpose of the program is to educate the youth of Florida on the … Find out how to read more online.
Woman charged with battery against APD officers
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
Renea Denise Nubin, 45, was arrested on multiple charges including battery after she reportedly attacked a woman, then began fighting and kicking at Arcadia police officers. According to APD records, … Find out how to read more online.
With sincere gratitude
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
There are not enough words to express our heartfelt thanks for the sympathy, love and support you have extended to our family during this time of our loss. Family of … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County Library, your answer place, tax time help
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto County Library is the place for finding answers. If you’ve searched for something on the internet and turned up a whole bunch of stuff but not the particular exact … Find out how to read more online.
‘Time Simply Passes’ debuts in Arcadia, film details poisoning of 7 siblings
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
“What I want you to take away from this is that local officials need to be held accountable,” said Ty Flowers, the director of “Time Simply Passes,” the film he … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Arts Council hosts inaugural Cowboy Art Championship
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto County will christen its new Mosaic Arena with the 90th Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo opening March 8. To coincide with the event, and in honor of the significance of … Find out how to read more online.
Silverberg leads Mendez to big win
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mendez has dominated play in the North Port Youth Basketball Inc.’s 12-13-year old division winter season and a big reason is the play of Sean Silverberg. Silverberg … Find out how to read more online.
Candidate kicks off commission election season
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Pete Emrich is at it again. The 55-year-old filed to run in the Seat 4 City Commission election, which will have a primary in August. He previously … Find out how to read more online.
Group celebrates, assists with PAC
Wed  Feb 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Society of the North Port Performing Arts Center goes beyond ushering and working the box office. The group sets up their own shows — to help … Find out how to read more online.


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