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November is National Adoption Awareness Month. The DeSoto County courthouse celebrated superhero adoptions on Thursday with a single-family welcoming young twins, as well as other families who have adopted and child-welfare professionals celebrating the morning event. There are websites with…

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The monthly Arcadia Garden Club meeting was Nov. 5 at the Garden Club’s clubhouse, with 27 members and guests attending the event that started at noon. Charlotte Orr, Suzanne Butler and Hoa Aldous were introduced as guests.

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November is National Adoption Awareness Month. The DeSoto County courthouse celebrated superhero adoptions on Thursday with a single-family welcoming young twins, as well as other families who have adopted and child-welfare professionals celebrating the morning event. There are websites with…

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Fantastic Sams this month celebrates 10 years in Arcadia. Scott Brown and his family own the family hair-care business, one of six they operate in southwest Florida. Brown answered a few questions about the shop at 1719 E. Oak St.

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The Twentieth Century Literary Club met on Oct. 22 at the beautiful country home of Linda Waldron. Linda’s home was filled with fall decorations and the smell of delicious soups simmering. Co-hosting with Linda were Jolaine Konstantinidis and Debbie Hackney. Club members enjoyed autumn sangr…

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Over 200 members of the Cross Creek Community gathered on Nov. 11 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Armistice, and to honor, remember and thank our American and Canadian veterans for their service.

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I received a phone call from Arcadia’s mayor. Judy Wertz-Strickland wanted to know if I might be interested in a School of Government class, actually the first-ever such class. She explained to me that for one day our class of six volunteers would be visiting and touring the water treatment …

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The L&E Club held their Nov. 6 meeting at the home of Marlou Zolkos. Nancy Jo Vaughn was co-hostess. The hostesses served a delicious dessert of pecan pie and fresh fruit to the 22 members attending and to special guest Miss Megan Markey, granddaughter of Martha Jo Markey.

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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”…

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Mildred A. Harrington taught math but not algebra, recalled the Rev. Samuel Morgan Jr., Smith-Brown Class of 1957. She told the students that she would teach them algebra if they came to school at night because she wanted them be ready to go to college. “That’s why I came back (to Arcadia),”…

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When I was 8 years old my mom took me to Tarpon Springs to watch the sponge divers. They would slip underwater in those scary looking suits, then in a little bit they would surface with a basket full of sponges. It was the divingsuits that got my attention—to an 8 year old in the early 1950s…

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When a few locals heard a funeral home with long ties in Arcadia may be linked to a national chain gobbling up such places, they voiced immediate displeasure, marching over to confront the local owners whose time in town is historic.

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When someone points an AK-47 rifle at you, there’s only one response. If you’re armed, you shoot, hoping your shot hits home first.

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