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Tax season is underway and, unfortunately, that means that phone-scam season is also in full swing. Every year, the Internal Revenue Service sees a surge in scam-phone calls to taxpayers, and each year the scammers seem to become more sophisticated and aggressive when targeting us. According…

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More bicyclists are on the road in March than any other month, a good reason March is designated Florida Bicycle Month. Imagine how wonderful it would be to have a statewide, connected system of greenways and trails that promotes economic development, facilitates public access to Florida’s n…

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Cassie is a Bengal tiger weighing in at 500 pounds. She turns 19 on April 1. Typical lifespan of a tiger in captivity is about 15 years. Despite her age, Cassie is still very active and every day plays with her large red ball in her pool. Cassie lives at Lions, Tigers & Bears in DeSoto C…

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The Tobacco Free Partnership of DeSoto County and the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco such as chew and dip during Through With Chew Week, which runs Feb. 19-25, with the Great American Spit Out—a day whe…

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Peace River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a Jan. 8 meeting at the Arcadia Beef O’ Brady’s. In attendance were Sharon Shatney, Shirley Dooley, Charlotte Orr, Roxann Dewhurst, Rachel Lewis, Ruth Dunn, Marilyn Gallant and Valorie Sidorski. Guest was Alice Davidson.

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I think we have a strong, American impulse that tells us to do something despite someone else’s warning to not do that very thing. I’m sure someone cautioned motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel not to attempt jumping over a box of 50 rattlesnakes followed by two mountain lions in 1965, but he d…

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Last year was a time of some pretty remarkable comets. First, we had Comet 21/P Giacobini-Zinner, a short-period comet with an orbit around the sun of about 6.5 years, earning the designation “P” for periodic. Discovered in 1900 by Michael Giacobini in Nice, France, its return in 2018 saw it…

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Cassie is a Bengal tiger weighing in at 500 pounds. She turns 19 on April 1. Typical lifespan of a tiger in captivity is about 15 years. Despite her age, Cassie is still very active and every day plays with her large red ball in her pool. Cassie lives at Lions, Tigers & Bears in DeSoto C…

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The Tobacco Free Partnership of DeSoto County and the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco such as chew and dip during Through With Chew Week, which runs Feb. 19-25, with the Great American Spit Out—a day whe…

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I’m sure pleats will eventually come back into style. I still remember the pleated khakis I wore to church in the mid-1990s. My Dockers brand double-pleated pants complemented my penny loafers to perfection in order to create that “nice-Baptist-guy-all-the-girls-just-want-to-be-friends-with”…

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OUR POSITION: One Florida constitutional amendment may have had good intentions, but overly strict interpretation could hinder investigations and leave the public in the dark.

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Emergency management is a business of networks and relationships. It is far better to know who you can call for assistance or a resource prior to an incident than to meet for the first time at 3 a.m. in the middle of a highway in the pouring rain.

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Peace River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a Jan. 8 meeting at the Arcadia Beef O’ Brady’s. In attendance were Sharon Shatney, Shirley Dooley, Charlotte Orr, Roxann Dewhurst, Rachel Lewis, Ruth Dunn, Marilyn Gallant and Valorie Sidorski. Guest was Alice Davidson.

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I think we have a strong, American impulse that tells us to do something despite someone else’s warning to not do that very thing. I’m sure someone cautioned motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel not to attempt jumping over a box of 50 rattlesnakes followed by two mountain lions in 1965, but he d…

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Last year was a time of some pretty remarkable comets. First, we had Comet 21/P Giacobini-Zinner, a short-period comet with an orbit around the sun of about 6.5 years, earning the designation “P” for periodic. Discovered in 1900 by Michael Giacobini in Nice, France, its return in 2018 saw it…

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The DeSoto County Education Foundation, Inc., recently hosted its annual employee recognition event, A Night Among the Stars, for employees of the School District of DeSoto County. Supt. Adrian H. Cline at the Turner Center congratulated all of the nominees.

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Writer and historian Carol Mahler will perform her original song “Nancy Whidden McCullough’s Lament,” about the Paynes Creek incident of July 17, 1849, and “Child, Do Not Be Born,” about the Second Seminole War (1835-1842) during the Fort Chokonikla Re-enactment, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., F…

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Last week I discussed the topic of subject-verb agreement. Many of you wrote in and asked about sports teams, particularly sports teams whose names don’t end in “s”: are they considered singular or plural? Would you say “The Jazz is winning the game” or “The Jazz are winning the game?”

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