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Islanders to help pay for sand
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County commissioners approved new taxing units Thursday to ensure Gulf beaches stay sandy. “We need to get this program going,” said Damian Ochab, president of the South … Find out how to read more online.
Surprise inspection
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
One of Florida’s largest medical marijuana treatment centers had to stop processing cannabis this week because of a food-safety inspection deadline. The Miami Herald reported Thursday that Surterra halted its … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide bad for business
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Patsey Smith of Patsey’s Blue Crabs at the Fishery expects this time of year to be slow — but not as slow as it has been. She blames … Find out how to read more online.
Community struggles to cope
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
NORTH PORT — Neighbors, volunteers and emergency responders were among those coping with the loss of Ava Natalia Perry a day after she was pronounced dead. Ava, a 20-month-old girl … Find out how to read more online.
Child dies after being found in North Port canal
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:11PM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police are investigating how a child ended up in a canal on Tuesday morning. Authorities found 20-month-old Ava Natalia Perry floating in the canal, close … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Fleeing felon crashes into squad cars
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
NOKOMIS — Fleeing deputies, a convicted felon smashed into two squad cars and caused a head-on collision on Interstate 75, deputies reported Wednesday. At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Meet Caroline Livingston: story of her scholarship
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
The Ridge League of Cities has awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to Caroline Livingston, a DeSoto County High School grad pursuing a nursing career. The Ridge League in Lakeland represents … Find out how to read more online.
Oklahoma rodeo updates, DeSoto results
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
Last week’s updates for DeSoto County kids entered in the 26th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Savanah Nelson, contestant #627 Breakaway roping: Tuesday time of 2.7 seconds, … Find out how to read more online.
Hughes and Deriso, DeSoto BOCC (D-2) candidates
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
Election season is here. The Arcadian is featuring those seeking office in DeSoto County. This week’s profile is of Troy Hughes, DeSoto Board of County Commissioners candidate, District 2, and … Find out how to read more online.
P is for phosphorus, V is for its viability in Florida’s future
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto County is determining whether phosphate mining will play a role in its future. A public hearing next Tuesday and Wednesday before the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners is to … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto mansion, ‘cannot buy another property like this’
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
They’re all unique. They’re way out of reach for most people. And they’re for sale. Properties priced over $10 million boast features like mansions with elevators, lucrative locations, incredible views, … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
Corsa America Rally in Arcadia Some 90 sports cars buzzed through Arcadia on Thursday, part of the Corsa America Rally. Police took multiple motorist calls on sports cars zipping along … Find out how to read more online.
Finding money for beach sand
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key, Knight and Don Pedro islands will learn how much money it will take to keep their beaches sandy. The Charlotte County Commission has set a public … Find out how to read more online.
Who owns the beach?
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Good deal, bad deal. Take your pick on a new Florida beach access law that caused so much confusion that Gov. Rick Scott issued a moratorium late Thursday affecting the … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: More rain, more thunder, more heat
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Not to any surprise, another hot and rainy week is in the weather forecast. According to the National Weather Service, Southwest Floridians should expect more showers and thunderstorms in the … Find out how to read more online.
Fear of AIDS drove family from schools, town
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
In 1986, three young Arcadia brothers with hemophilia since birth tested positive for HIV. An ugly battle, complete with international headlines, ensued with the school system and many townsfolk who … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Beach triathlon unhampered by red tide
Wed  Jul 18 2018 02:06PM
ENGLEWOOD — Plenty of winners took home medals at Saturday’s triathlon, but red tide didn’t even get an honorable mention. The blotchy brownish water plaguing beachgoers for weeks didn’t deter … Find out how to read more online.
Convoy from Punta Gorda protests for clean water
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:36PM
A convoy of cars and motorcycles left Punta Gorda and drove to Clewiston to rally on Saturday for cleaner waterways. Josh Greer, owner of West Wall Outfitters in Port Charlotte, … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Baby’s broken bones lead to her mom’s arrest
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte mother was arrested Thursday after investigators learned she allegedly caused head trauma and multiple fractures to her 4-month-old baby. The girl’s father brought the baby into the … Find out how to read more online.
FPL replacing power poles on River Road
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — For months, electrical crews will line River Road replacing power poles — so expect delays at times. “The project in Englewood is part of our continued investments in … Find out how to read more online.
Report: After home euthanasia failed, Englewood woman killed dog with crowbar
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
An Englewood woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating her dog to death with a crowbar in January. According to the affidavit from Charlotte County Animal Control, Tammy Lyn Ewing, … Find out how to read more online.
‘It happened so fast’
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
NORTH PORT — After his truck crushed an oncoming SUV and flipped, a Port Charlotte man rushed to the vehicle he’d struck — pulling out a man from it as … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Fleeing felon crashes into squad cars
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:50PM
NOKOMIS — Fleeing deputies, a convicted felon smashed into two squad cars and caused a head-on collision on Interstate 75, deputies reported Wednesday. At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Exercising her Second Amendment rights
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
Most everyone is familiar with the stories about good guys standing up to the bad guys. However, rarely heard is an incident of a great-grandmother opposing hard-case criminals—and frightening the … Find out how to read more online.
Dive, dive, dive exploring the underwater gardens
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
On the boat ride out to the coral reef, patches of water are lit up like emerald jewels. Although I wanted to jump in right there, our captain on the … Find out how to read more online.
Congratulations to Class of 1958
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
The DHS graduating Class of 1958 celebrated their 60th year on June 22-24! The following members attended parts or all of the celebration activities: Katie Lou Bennett-Carlton, Sue Ellen Browder-Smith, … Find out how to read more online.
Vreli Middleton: Dog masseuse, ‘sounds silly, but it’s not’
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
The Arcadian is featuring pets, livestock, exotic wildlife and their keepers in this occasional series. This week’s guest is Vreli Middleton, a canine massage therapist and the owner of K9 … Find out how to read more online.
A history of Morgan Park, try a “riverwalk” visit
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
The 240-acre Morgan Park is DeSoto County’s only regional park. Most of the property was donated by the Louie R. and Gertrude Morgan Foundation in 1979. Gertrude Martin Morgan (1891-1988) … Find out how to read more online.
South Fox Rehab and Training Center, like a slice of Ocala
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
If you’ve ever driven through the rolling hills around Ocala in north Florida and have seen those beautiful horse farms, that’s just what you’ll see pulling up to South Fox … Find out how to read more online.
Stewart gets high marks
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
Imagine your job performance review open to a curious public. In that case, it’s good to be in Terry Stewart’s cowboy boots. The Arcadia city manager had undergone a work … Find out how to read more online.
‘Horrible’ ag season ends, lowest output in decades
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
Worst ag season since 1940s While federal relief for Florida growers impacted by Hurricane Irma may be getting closer to reality, citrus farmers found no surprises as a historically devastating … Find out how to read more online.
Campaign coffers swell in race for Rooney’s seat
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
On paper, the House of Representatives District 17 election seems like a two-man race. Local Republicans Rep. Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) and State Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) are hoping to trade … Find out how to read more online.
Woman, 75, dies from June crash injuries
Wed  Jul 18 2018 04:08PM
A 75-year-old Englewood woman succumbed to injuries after being struck by a car on June 22, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Monday. Louise Hoffman was walking east across Ceres Street … Find out how to read more online.
Local marijuana arrests on the rise
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:02PM
Despite growing acceptance of marijuana use across the country, Southwest Florida law enforcement are still cracking down on the drug. In fact, local agencies have reported growing numbers of misdemeanor … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Harbor estuary program gets money from Mosaic
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:36PM
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, an organization formed to protect waterways, is getting some funding through the Mosaic Company. That matters especially right now, as federal funding for CHNEP — … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide lurks in area waters
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Beach Guy Mark Timchula posted a video on Facebook Friday morning showing a change in the water color at Englewood Beach. It was brownish, not clear or bluish-green … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte offered freebies for Parks and Rec Month
Wed  Jul 18 2018 01:07PM
Saturday morning was the perfect day to soak up summer sun before heading back to school or work. Charlotte County celebrated Parks and Recreation Month by offering free admission to … Find out how to read more online.


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