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Arcadia Elks wanted to thanked those supporting Christmas for the Special People over the holidays. Special thanks go to DeSoto Health's May Kay Burns, DeSoto Memorial Hospital, the DeSoto County Veterans Honor Guard, Mark Anderson and Troy Hughes. The children and everyone involved have won…

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The DeSoto County Guardian ad Litem Program is court appointed to represent abused/neglected/abandoned children, advocating for their best interests. There are slightly under 100 children in the court system that local donors ensured had an exciting Christmas morning: Arcadia Moose Lodge 132…

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It was a wonderful time of year at the Arcadia Elks for the holidays. “Christmas for the Special People” and the kids’ Christmas were ones to remember. Event organizers and Santa wanted to thank the community for its support for these important events, including Mary Kay Burns, DeSoto County…

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Florida citrus is returning. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in December reported that state orange growers, for example, will deliver almost double the number of boxes in 2018-19 over a year ago. Hurricane Irma in September 2017 destroyed groves and knocked fruit from surviving trees. As…

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Arcadia Elks wanted to thanked those supporting Christmas for the Special People over the holidays. Special thanks go to DeSoto Health's May Kay Burns, DeSoto Memorial Hospital, the DeSoto County Veterans Honor Guard, Mark Anderson and Troy Hughes. The children and everyone involved have won…

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The DeSoto County Guardian ad Litem Program is court appointed to represent abused/neglected/abandoned children, advocating for their best interests. There are slightly under 100 children in the court system that local donors ensured had an exciting Christmas morning: Arcadia Moose Lodge 132…

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It was a wonderful time of year at the Arcadia Elks for the holidays. “Christmas for the Special People” and the kids’ Christmas were ones to remember. Event organizers and Santa wanted to thank the community for its support for these important events, including Mary Kay Burns, DeSoto County…

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As we enter a new year, numerous athletic competitions will be held across the Heartland. Many are made possible by the generous support of sponsors. That is the case for the Heartland Senior Games, now in its third decade. Thanks to the financial assistance of many local sponsors, entry fee…

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The DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce honored winners in Christmas Parade and Christmas Card Lane entries at this month’s early-bird event at Joshua Citrus. The next morning event is Feb. 7 at DeSoto Memorial Hospital. It begins at 8 a.m.

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Carl McQuay got tired of talk. So when Arcadia set stronger rules to reduce blight, to keep the city tidy, he acted. The town’s ordinance officer has issued hundreds of warnings to those with blighted property — tall grass, abandoned homes/cars, yard clutter, peeling paint, slumlords, too ma…

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Arcadia Municipal Airport held a small-plane landing contest and other fun activities on Saturday. We’re pairing an accounting of the event by George Chase with visuals by Arcadian photographer Priscilla McDaniel.

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Florida citrus is returning. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in December reported that state orange growers, for example, will deliver almost double the number of boxes in 2018-19 over a year ago. Hurricane Irma in September 2017 destroyed groves and knocked fruit from surviving trees. As…

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The Heartland Senior Games are fast aproaching and the event coordinators are eager to get started. The registration cutoff for golf euchre, shuffleboard, table tennis, horseshoes and pickleball is Jan. 18.

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This is the first of a series of informational articles designed to educate the public about disaster preparedness and other aspects of emergency management, as well as to guide you through building an all-hazards disaster kit for your family. Future articles will discuss the different hazar…

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As part of a new grant funded program for DeSoto County, the nonprofit Hanley Foundation starting this month offers a free parenting program at the DeSoto Public Library, 125 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. “Family time is time well spent” is the Hanley Foundation motto, and we want to keep t…

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The DeSoto County Historical Society welcomes everyone to a “Show and Tell” event at noon on (Thursday) Jan. 10 at the Family Service Center Annex (old West Elementary School cafeteria) at the corner of N. Orange Avenue and Effie Street. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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Some northerners (from Georgia north!) don’t understand Florida’s vegetable growing season. Northern states are, after all, used to producing vegetables all summer. In Florida, from October until spring, lots of food travels out of state to help feed the country. Not so much in the summer. A…

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“I fell in love in Arcadia” was the beginning of the first song as the New Year’s gathering begin in a quiet neighborhood in Arcadia. Each new year friends from around the country meet to jam to their favorite pastime—bluegrass music. This year, friends and pets from Ontario, Canada, Illinoi…

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