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Man joined Seabees because of girlfriend
Mon  Jun 25 2018 08:30AM
Hank Pruitt, of Port Charlotte, joined the Seabees during the closing days of World War II because of an old flame. “She wrote me every day and then she stopped … Find out how to read more online.
Another hot and rainy week for Southwest Florida
Mon  Jun 25 2018 08:30AM
Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for this week, offering a small amount of relief from the heat in Southwest Florida. According to the National Weather service, the heat … Find out how to read more online.
State’s best place for jobs is …
Sun  Jun 24 2018 08:30AM
Here’s some advice for job seekers in Port Charlotte: Look in Sarasota. That’s based on to a study from WalletHub, which recently published the results of its 2018 “Best & … Find out how to read more online.
Funding in flux Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program faces federal money cut
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
Federal funding used to study and help improve area waterways has been eliminated in the latest budget from the White House. Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) Director Jennifer Hecker … Find out how to read more online.
Oaks of Devonaire: DeSoto business breaking the mold
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Social media has flipped our world on its noggin. And smart businesspeople have seized the reins. One of those is DeSoto County’s Theresa Collins-Hill, the owner of Oaks of Devonaire, … Find out how to read more online.
Ride for Tiny Town, Feb. 9 event to benefit DeSoto homeless
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
There are many popular bicycle events across Florida that attract thousands of cyclists from near and far. That level of interest is exactly what the organizers of Ride for Tiny … Find out how to read more online.
Congratulations, ladies
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
The Five Star Youth has held its annual dinner. Awards were presented to members of the Rangerettes and Exclusives. Members recently returned from regional competition, where they won eight first-place … Find out how to read more online.
Basic Law Enforcement grads
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Twenty graduates of South Florida State College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Class 255 and two graduates of the Crossover Academy, Class 352, were recognized at a June 14 ceremony in … Find out how to read more online.
Meet Kristy Wurtele, Paradise Ranch minis, ‘yes, pigs can fly’
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
The Arcadian is featuring DeSoto County pets and pet owners in this occasional series. This week’s guest is Kristy Wurtele with Paradise Ranch, miniature horse, pig and American bobtail cat … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia’s A. W. Gilchrist: Florida governor’s ‘very large property holdings’
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
In an election season, the Arcadian’s Carol Mahler looks back on an important historical figure in DeSoto County history. The front page of the June 25, 1908, issue of the … Find out how to read more online.
Dog’s life, AKC agility show at Turner Center
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
The Obedience Training Club of Palm Beach County held its AKC Agility Dog Show at the Turner Center. The event over several days last week featured athletic dogs of every … Find out how to read more online.
June 29 benefit to assist sheriff’s deputy
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Late August hearing likely for rubbish rate talks A DeSoto County public hearing for late August to consider rate increases for Womack Sanitation is likely. CEO Robert Womack had said … Find out how to read more online.
Happy campers
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Kids at the Arcadia Housing Authority complex loaded a Salvation Army bus on Monday for a roadtrip to Keystone Heights, a summer camp in north Florida. Youngsters and chaperones at … Find out how to read more online.
I’ve got something important to tell you
Tue  Jun 19 2018 05:20PM
‘Hey kids, I’ve got something important to tell you.” It was 1976, our Mom and Dad had gathered the five children around the table. Dad said, “I’ve decided to leave … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff Knight: Sarasota County schools overlook safety costs
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:48PM
Sheriff Tom Knight told Sarasota County school officials about costs they may be missing in their plan to create a 42-officer security force. Knight and other top law enforcement leaders … Find out how to read more online.
Being a GREAT DAD
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
Phil Holloway’s mother ruled her home the same way the nuns in Catholic school did. That is to say she spanked her son. “I was brought up under the premise … Find out how to read more online.
Incumbents are running for Englewood Water District, fire board
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The state qualifying period opens June 18 for Englewood Area Fire Control District and Englewood Water District board seats. Four fire district commissioners and two water district supervisors … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County School Board continues look at safety, security
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — A week after the district’s safety and security discussion, the Sarasota County Schools board will look at its five-year capital improvement plan Tuesday. The CIP is one several … Find out how to read more online.
Woman burned in cooking fire
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:44PM
A woman was badly burned in a fire Friday night. Paramedics with the North Port Fire Department assisted the Sarasota County Fire Department at the 6800 block of Willow Creek … Find out how to read more online.
Junior chefs master art of cooking
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
T he city of North Port Parks and Recreation is hosting Masterchef Junior Cooking Classes every Saturday from now until July 14 at Morgan Family Community Center. The class, geared … Find out how to read more online.
Abortion numbers don’t tell real story
Sun  Jun 24 2018 08:30AM
At first glance, it would seem there were no abortions in Charlotte County last year and through at least April this year, despite hundreds in prior years. But numbers painting … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide and dead fish dampen beach fun
Sun  Jun 24 2018 09:00PM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Beach resembled more like a doctor’s office during flu season Saturday with lots of people coughing and suffering watery eyes. “It smells out here,” said 8-year-old Jaylah … Find out how to read more online.
Waterfest now a Triple Crown
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:46AM
ENGLEWOOD — It’s like the Belmont Stakes in the Triple Crown of horse racing. This November, the fourth-annual Englewood Beach Waterfest will be the last leg in the Offshore Powerboat … Find out how to read more online.
Adams Publishing Group purchases Sun Newspapers
Tue  Jun 19 2018 02:22PM
The Sun is moving from one family to a larger one. Adams Publishing Group announced Monday the purchase of Sun Coast Media Group, which publishes the Sun Newspapers. The Sun … Find out how to read more online.
True beach treasures, adventures a short drive from Arcadia
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
I can’t believe it! It’s 10 a.m. and I have the beach almost to myself. The panoramic view is magnificently breathtaking and the sense of peace absolute. As beach-combers pass, … Find out how to read more online.
Sweet T’s Subs, diving into Arcadia’s newest diner
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Meet Christina Yates, owner of Sweet T’s Subs in Arcadia. Located in the former A’s sandwich shop, Sweet T’s Subs opened in May, serving lighter breakfast fare (cinammon buns, bagels, … Find out how to read more online.
Meet Judith Doctor: Spiritual healer, ‘forgiveness is a decision”
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Judith Doctor is a nurse, social worker, writer and spiritual healer speaking on June 26 at Gardner Baptist Church in Zolfo Springs. The Arcadian has written about dreams from a Christian … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadians in rodeo National Finals, Sunday-Saturday
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Local cowboys and cowgirls head to the National Junior High National Finals Rodeo next week in Huron, South Dakota. Cody Vina, Jarrett Johnston, Tripp Brown and Hayden Davis are participating. … Find out how to read more online.
Bit-A-Faith Ranch, kids, horses and faith, a ‘magical place’
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Bit-A-Faith Ranch is a magical place tucked away off north U.S. Highway 17 in Arcadia. As I drove onto the property, I was greeted by a pink horse yard sprinkler. … Find out how to read more online.
Goodmans thank the community
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
The family of the late Marion E. Goodman Jr. would like to express our profound appreciation to our wonderful Arcadia and DeSoto County friends for your gracious support and many … Find out how to read more online.
DMH Wound Healing Institute breaks ground
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with Tampa-based Innovative Healing Systems (IHS), held a groundbreaking on Monday for the new Wound Healing Institute, scheduled for an August opening. The facility in … Find out how to read more online.
Happy anniversary
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Happy 11th anniversary on June 23 to my beautiful daughter Aljeana and awesome son-in-law Samp Hoskins! I pray that God gives you many more Much love! From: The Rev. Alvin … Find out how to read more online.
Citrus woes, greening truths, vanilla’s future, pot update
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Florida’s worst-ever citrus season Florida’s citrus industry experienced its worst growing season since World War II as the hurricane-battered harvest is now essentially complete, according to an Orlando Sentinel article … Find out how to read more online.
Any takers? Candidate qualifying period runs this week for local elections
Fri  Jun 22 2018 10:57AM
Dozens of candidates have announced they’re running for local elected offices, including some without opposition, at least yet. Open spots on some community development district boards and city councils, for … Find out how to read more online.
Heat index aims for triple digits
Mon  Jun 18 2018 08:30AM
There’s no mercy this week when it comes to the weather in Southwest Florida. It’s hot, it’s rainy. Then it’s hot and it’s rainy again ... and then there’s the … Find out how to read more online.
Readers asked, here are some answers
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
E mail often delivers questions to this columnist. And, just as often, even if she has no satisfactory answers, readers’ questions can prove helpfully thought provoking. Punta Gorda is curious … Find out how to read more online.
Fire flow
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:36PM
ENGLEWOOD BEACH — As the sun sets beyond the horizon of the Gulf of Mexico, a new fire shines bright and twirling along a local beach. On Thursday evening, Kevin … Find out how to read more online.
Region residents line up for Braves seats
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:45PM
NORTH PORT — Area Atlanta Braves fans, and people from hundreds of miles away, had an opportunity Saturday to put a deposit down on season tickets. The ticket event was … Find out how to read more online.
Bridge winners
Sat  Jun 16 2018 06:46PM
Bridge winners - June 11, 2018 North Port Senior Center 1st: Marcia Lanphear and John Herrmann; 2nd: Helen Norris and Dave Johnson; 3rd: Ann Benmayor and Warren Prince. … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership Englewood grads shine at graduation
Sat  Jun 16 2018 08:30AM
The Leadership Englewood Class of 2018 recently graduated with a dinner and awards ceremony at Boca Royale Golf & Country Club. Leadership Englewood is a program of the Englewood Florida … Find out how to read more online.


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