EDITOR’S NOTE: Sun Newspapers has a Facebook page for each of its newspapers and even for some of the magazines. Listed below are some of the better comments on Facebook in the past week or so. You can always look up the stories in the Sun Newspaper archives.
When you’ve been freelance writing for the Venice Gondolier for as long as I have, you begin to think you know everything there is to know about the town’s storied history. But there’s nothing like taking a historic walking tour with a true expert to enlighten you as to how much you really d…
The name itself embodies its German roots: Friedrich Froebel opened the first kindergarten in 1837 in Blankenburg, Germany. He encouraged children too young to attend elementary school to participate in “creative, imaginative, and spontaneous play” to learn about the world around them. Kinde…
Standing on the red dirt floor of the rodeo arena, three men have gathered to discuss their professions. It turns out that one of the trio is fairly normal.
Charlotte Patricia Hill Carter decades later clearly remembers attending fifth-grade at the Minnie L. Brown Family Enrichment Center in Arcadia. Her teacher, Mrs. Bernice Rubin, she said, had one arm that ended at the elbow. Sometimes the Smith-Brown band performed a concert there, she recal…
Greek mythology birthed the phoenix, a bird that lives for centuries. When it dies, it regenerates and rises anew from the ashes. In my world, the Florida version of a phoenix is a flamingo. Specifically, deep in the heart of Everglades National Park, a small town called Flamingo is rising f…
It’s a running joke in my family that the moment our pool temperature drops below 80 degrees, I will refuse to dip a toe in it. I’ve never been one of those people who eases myself into cool water, gasping the whole way with my teeth chattering. No way, no how.
Arcadian History editor Carol Mahler spooled back 100 years in this fun perspective about Christmas in DeSoto County. And from our house to yours, Merry Christmas.
DeSoto County has its share of issues. But a new program in the justice system to assist troubled military veterans, and persons with substance abuse and mental health issues could limit a slice of those problems.
Steven Bahre Jr., owner of Time Once Again in Arcadia’s historic district, has been “pickin” for as long as he can remember. His earliest memories are of he and his dad going to fleamarkets and garage sales. Steven over time has specialized in coins, coin-operated machines and insulators. In…
On the 125th anniversary of the purchase of the property on which St. Edmund the Martyr Episcopal Church was built, Deacon Robert Vaughn shared the church’s history with the DeSoto County Historical Society. Church members hosted the Society’s luncheon meeting on Thursday in the “old church”…
Before dawn in early November and looking east, we see the bright planet Venus. If you missed it on Nov. 6, it rested near the slender crescent moon, making for a beautiful arrangement in the pre-dawn sky. But know that Venus will grow brighter all month long.
Who were the 45 World War I veterans memorialized on the plaque south of the DeSoto County courthouse “erected by the Red Cross chapters of DeSoto County in honor of the sons of DeSoto who served their nation and the cause of humanity in the World War”? When it was dedicated in 1920, DeSoto …
After the U.S. declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, the Arcadia Commercial Club (ACC) — a forerunner of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce — invited the federal government to build an aviation training camp near the city. The Nov. 22, 1917, Lakeland Evening Telegram newspaper reporte…
The monthly Arcadia Garden Club meeting was Oct. 1 at the local clubhouse, with 26 members and five guests attending. It opened with an informative program on fairy and miniature gardens. Dolly Tomalinas, a Port Charlotte Florida Master Gardener, presented the unfamiliar topic to the group v…
- Staffer of the Month
- Luke Wilson cartoon, 05/16/19
- Viewing the heavens, ignore voices to quit, coffee helps, 05/16/19
- Go green! (sort of, kind of sold on electric vehicles)
- DeSoto obituaries, Patterson, Baker, 05/16/19
- L&E Club's fun adventure: Solomon's Castle
- Peace River Chapter DAR March/April meetings
- Christmas dreams—but did you know ...
- Stop the assault on local governments' authority
- About time to enjoy and appreciate this ride called life, Luke Wilson, 05/16/19
- Disaster kit on a budget (week 18 of 20)
- Man gets two-plus years for witness tampering; brother serving six
- Three-vehicle wreck on State Road 70
- APD says woman threatened informant via Facebook
- Man arrested on charges of battery, resisting arrest
- To-do list: Highlands Hammock State Park on Saturday
- Fowl play: chicken nuisance rules modified
- Hometown profile: Yellow Deli Bakery coming, buns moving for final 'push'
- Our websites now have a small fee but lots of 'freedom'
- Our websites now have a small fee and new perks
- Gas prices declining, but will it last?
- New ZR1 fastest Corvette ever, less $$ than exotics, Len Ingrassia, 05/09/19
- Death sentence for Florida’s schools, opinion, 05/09/19
- Just something about that special person we call Mom
- DeSoto letters to the editor, 05/09/19
- Tips on avoiding RAS Syndrome (Grammar Guy)
- Adams dominates in 1-0 thriller over Pirates
- Fort Ogden picnic, once was to 'orate and distribute cards'
- DeSoto celebrates National Day of Prayer, 05/09/19
- Cleaning the other environment, start with you and me, Roger Campbell, 05/09/19
- DeSoto ag briefs, 05/09/19
- Customer Appreciation Party says 'thanks' to workers
- Luke Wilson cartoon, 05/09/19
- Congratulations to DCHS achievers!
- Great job, Lee!
- Sunday is Mother's Day, what we say about mom
- Season of growth ends in 12-2 loss
- Bless your mother this Sunday, say something good, Judith Doctor, 05/09/19
- Win finishes perfect Senior Night, one and done from here
- DeSoto briefs, 05/09/19
- Water: We’re in it together, Elton Langford, 05/09/19
- Man charged with molesting child held on $1.5 million bond
- Pair charged with impersonating cops
- Arc DeSoto, class time fused with athletic pursuits, Jimmy Peters, 05/09/19
- Send-off for a fallen comrade, husband and dad
- Woman allegedly stabbed husband
- Did bombing contaminate Babcock-Webb?
- Police beat, 05/09/19
- Sebring writer's national recognition
- Starting next year, drivers could be ticketed for texting while driving