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New annex nearly ready for West County
Thu  Apr 26 2018 07:31PM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County’s new West County Annex building is nearly complete, and county officials and other offices are getting ready to move in. The current West County Annex will … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood celebrates Earth Day 2018
Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:06PM
The Barrier Island Parks Society and The Open Studio presented an Earth Day Festival on Sunday at Buchan Airport Community Park, 1390 Old Englewood Road. The event included eco-friendly crafts, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Honor Our Past, Celebrate Our Present, Anticipate Our Future’: St. Edmund’s recognizes 125 years in Arcadia
Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:04PM
For St. Edmund the Martyr Episcopal Church in Arcadia, 2018 marks its 125th anniversary. In 1893, St. Edmund first opened its doors to the people of Arcadia, offering hospitality, knowledge … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Theft suspect attempts to sell stolen Bluetooth helmet on Facebook
Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:04PM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested Wednesday after attempting to sell a stolen Bluetooth motorcycle helmet on Facebook, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported. In March, the victim left his … Find out how to read more online.
United Way brings literacy programs to Charlotte County
Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:04PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Charlotte County branch of the United Way is teaming up with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to help bring higher literacy and a love of … Find out how to read more online.
Clerk hosts ‘Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day’
Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:11PM
Children of Charlotte County Clerk of Court employees had the opportunity to tour all areas of the Charlotte County Justice Center Thursday for National Take Our Daughters & Sons to … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane- damaged boats removed, destroyed
Thu  Apr 26 2018 07:31PM
After languishing off Interstate 75 near the Tuckers Grade exit in Charlotte County for months, boats damaged during Hurricane Irma last year have now been removed and hauled off to … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch offers Lee County 2,250 acres valued at $23.6M
Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:32PM
Making good on promises made at a series of community meetings, the developer of Babcock Ranch has offered to sell 2,250 coveted acres to Lee County’s 20/20 program. Kitson and … Find out how to read more online.
Former PCHS teacher returns to prison
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
A Charlotte County man was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Kenneth Swencki, 48, was adjudicated guilty in … Find out how to read more online.
Drones take insurance industry by storm
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Southwest Florida companies are among those on the forefront as drones take the insurance industry by storm in the state and beyond. Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the region seven … Find out how to read more online.
Prison inmate sentenced for setting fire in cell
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
A former inmate at the Charlotte Correctional Institution was sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting a fire in his prison cell in 2015, the State Attorney’s Office reported. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte approves beach taxing units
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County commissioners have approved a taxing methodology to pay for beach renourishment and management. “(Manasota Key) will continue to erode to a point that will drastically change our shoreline,” … Find out how to read more online.
North Port moves forward with apartments
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — As new residents continue to pour into the city, North Port officials are working to create new housing options. The latest effort is approving Kenido Blade Apartments, … Find out how to read more online.
Saluting DeSoto nonprofits
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Officers with the Peace River VFW Post 2824 presented checks totalling nearly $6,000 in donations for DeSoto nonprofits that include Habitat for Humanity, Arcadia Center for the Needy, the American … Find out how to read more online.
Throwback Thursday, this week in history
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Throwback Thursday glances at the rearview mirror in Arcadia and DeSoto County. Historical correspondent Sonya Shellhouse compiles this information from past issues of the Arcadian. Teen Town Efforts Off To … Find out how to read more online.
Congratulations to SFSC corrections officer graduates, Class 18-195
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Michael Austin, coordinator at South Florida State College’s Criminal Justice Academy, presented each graduate with an occupational certificate at the April 18 ceremony. LaKisha Collins, senior correctional probation officer with … Find out how to read more online.
A day with young rodeo talent, state finals in June
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Kids from all over Florida recently came to compete in the Florida High School Rodeo Association, or FHSRA, semi-finals at the Mosaic Arena in Arcadia. Some 140 contestants from grades … Find out how to read more online.
Pie toss to benefit DeSoto kids, runs May 1-2
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Ever wanted to pie a cop? Well, now you can ... and it’s all for a great cause.  For the fourth year, Links2Success is participating in the Community Foundation of … Find out how to read more online.
Coffee with the Mayor
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
The third Thursday coffee with Arcadia mayor Judy Wertz-Strickland was at Batter Up Bakery. The morning event provides feedback and updates on community events and a look to the future. … Find out how to read more online.
Former contractor wins judgment against Arcadia
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
A jury of his peers has awarded a former city contractor nearly $580,000 in penalty damages for alleged negligence in a roll-over accident that left the man with ongoing health … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood hospital welcomes 28 students
Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:11PM
Englewood Community Hospital staff spent time with young family members Thursday during Take Your Child to Work Day. The event offers hospital staff an opportunity to acquaint their children with … Find out how to read more online.
Dearborn steps closer to greater density
Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:12PM
ENGLEWOOD — West Dearborn Street property owners are a step closer to seeing multi-story, residential and retail mixed-use developments in the future. The advisory Sarasota County Planning Commission unanimously approved … Find out how to read more online.
Jesus Loves You Ministry hosts fundraising golf tourney
Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:27PM
Jesus Loves You Ministry recently held a golf tournament at Heron Creek Golf and Country Club in North Port. Sixty-eight players participated in this inaugural charity event. Jesus Loves You … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:04PM
Motorcycle run Christian Riders On a Mission for Englewood (CHROME) invites all bikers to register for a run to benefit Englewood Helping Hand at noon Saturday, April 28, at Englewood United … Find out how to read more online.
Hotel added to Charlotte Commons plans
Thu  Apr 26 2018 07:31PM
A new hotel has been added to the plans for the mixed-use Charlotte Commons development by Private Equity Group at the corner of Peachland Boulevard and Veterans Boulevard. The Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Brush fire closes Washington Loop Road
Thu  Apr 26 2018 07:31PM
A brush fire closed down Washington Loop Road near Duncan Road around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The fire was five to seven acres when crews arrived but quickly gained ground, reaching … Find out how to read more online.
Local volunteers assemble learning tools for new kindergartners
Thu  Apr 26 2018 06:04PM
On Thursday, over 1,100 Kindergarten Readiness bags were filled by 70 volunteers. In fact, so many volunteers turned out that the bags were completed hours earlier than organizers had originally … Find out how to read more online.
Drones quietly becoming part of the environment
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
It rises vertically, buzzing like a beehive. But before long, you can’t hear the quadcopter drone: The sound of hundreds of nesting birds it’s surveilling is more powerful. The drone, … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man gets life
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for capital sexual battery on a victim under 12 years of age, the State Attorney’s Office reported. The case … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • James Giles, 58, 12100 block of Poindexter Ave., Punta Gorda. Charge: violation of condition of pretrial release. Bond: none. • … Find out how to read more online.
Venice coach fired after Twitter ‘like’
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
VENICE — Fresh off a 7A state championship run, Venice High School fired its head football coach Wednesday morning after a rival team’s coach said an exchange on Twitter that … Find out how to read more online.
Police presence set for Heron Creek Middle today
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — There will be an increased police presence at Heron Creek Middle School today after a threat was made on Wednesday. According to North Port authorities, a threat … Find out how to read more online.
Peace River VFW 2824 to close, long history ends in May
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Almost exactly 80 years after its charter was granted, Peace River VFW Post 2824 will close. Lack of members and a changing world are reasons for the closing, said Ron … Find out how to read more online.
Community Conversation packs Turner Exhibit Hall
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto leadership fielded concerns and questions at the April 19 Community Conversation townhall hosted by the Board of County Commissioners. The event afforded county planners and leadership the opportunity to … Find out how to read more online.
From the ground up at West Elementary
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Youngsters at West Elementary are working on science projects for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math program, or STEAM. The projects teach the disciplines and instill an appreciation for … Find out how to read more online.
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
State law enforcement officers, sponsors and runners this and next month support the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The torch passed through DeSoto County on April 19 … Find out how to read more online.
Proverbs Project, giving kids a better start, it’s that simple
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
The Proverbs Project may be coming along at just the right time.  According to data released last week by Florida Kids Count, part of a nationwide Kids Count Network that … Find out how to read more online.
Local mission trip to South Dakota, both exciting and challenging
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Members from Calvary Baptist Church, with members from First Baptist Church, will grab their suitcases, catch a flight to Sioux Fall, South Dakota, and begin a journey to take the … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County Library Corner, saying farewell to an old friend
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
Tomorrow marks the end of an era at DeSoto County Library. Children’s librarian Cindy Beaudoin will be retiring, and the public is invited to a reception for her from 3 … Find out how to read more online.
Kingsway Ladies Association donates sneakers
Thu  Apr 26 2018 08:30AM
The Kingsway Country Club Ladies Association held the annual Sneaker Tournament on April 19. Through the ladies’ sneaker and sock purchases, along with monetary donations from club members, 208 pairs … Find out how to read more online.


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