DeSoto Memorial Hospital was blessed to receive a gracious donation of a baby grand piano from Martha Craven in memory of her husband Chuck Craven. The new addition is in the hospital’s main lobby. Those interested in playing, please call 863-993-7601 to schedule a time.

DeSoto County abounds with lightly traveled two-lane roads perfect for bicycling. The Owens area was once a thriving rural community with enough young people to warrant a two-room schoolhouse. Now, only the schoolhouse and the Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church remain—the church was rebuilt after Hu…

All of us at DeSoto Memorial Hospital would like to apologize in advance for any inconveniences we may be causing by instituting a new safety policy at the hospital. In an abundance of caution and in an attempt to provide a safe and secure environment for our patients, our visitors and our s…

The Peace River wends its way for 106 miles to Charlotte Harbor, but one of the best places to take in the slow-moving waterway is from the town of Arcadia.

Michael Shannon Bolding, 29, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, came to DeSoto County in January 2015 as a crew member for the company that provided rides and amusements for the DeSoto County Fair. While he was working, he was injured and was taken to DeSoto Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Florida Forestry Service’s Mike Porter spent a recent weekend putting the finishing touches on a farmhouse and bunkhouses at the Peace River State Forest.

Arc-DeSoto Special Olympians had a great day at the Arcadia Municipal Golf Course, piling up practice time and awards on July 27 in County Games competition, which leads to Special Olympics Area Games in Naples this Aug. 4. Players in six events putted, chipped and drove the ball at the cour…

With the July 4 travel holiday approaching, fuel prices in the last week jumped a few pennies. And gas from last season is up more than 55 cents per gallon, averaging $2.72 in Florida this week. Gas was $2.15 per gallon in 2017. After trading around $65 per barrel two weeks ago, oil rocketed…

The Hon. Gilbert Smith Jr., judge for the12th Judicial Circuit and author of “Lawyers and Legends of Manatee County: The History of Lawyers in Manatee County from 1855 to 2012,” will speak to the DeSoto County Historical Society at their monthly meeting on July 12. Free and open to the publi…

Steven Allen Mays, 20, was sentenced in May to serve seven years and 11 months in state prison on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16.

Scott Martell and the Bloomer team will be competing against some 1,200 other contestants at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma, July 8-13. The IFYR, also known as the Cheyenne of High School Rodeo, prepares cowboys to move up to the next level, offers 11 performances …

Last Friday local basketball players got the opportunity to show what they can do on the hardwood court. The inaugural “So you think you can shoot” fundraiser was held at the high school gym.

It was a bright sunny morning as I walked into the Joshua Creek Cemetery. The live oaks cast harsh shadows on the hundreds of gravestones. It was much larger than I had imagined, the gravemarkers seemed to stretch on forever. In the distance I spotted a small red car. Walking closer I was gr…

This column will present the answers to historical research questions posed to the DeSoto County Historical Society. If you have a question, please contact Carol Mahler. 863-445-0789, carolmahler3@gmail.com.

The Arcadian is featuring pets, livestock, exotic wildlife and their keepers in this occasional series. This week’s guest is Lynn Wittmeier, co-founder and licensed keeper at the Lions, Tigers & Bears wildlife sanctuary in DeSoto County. She shares challenges and the humor of Samson, a m…

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The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

Secretary of State Ken Detzner has announced that Arcadia is accepted to the Certified Local Government program, following certification by the National Park Service.

The Auxiliary of DeSoto Memorial Hospital in May held a monthly luncheon meeting, and the following members were awarded 10-year service pins: Phyllis Moore, Bob Siegel and Cindy Siegel.

Kids/teens: The Tampa Taiko Japanese Drummer returns to DeSoto County Library. Ron Collins will bring his large and very loud drums (Saturday) July 14 at 10:30 a.m. Ron last visited the library six years ago. Librarians said it would be really great if some of the children—now teenagers or y…

King Solomon’s call for moral and spiritual integrity by citizens for the benefit of their nation may seem out of date, but his principle of practicing patriotism by doing right needs to be stressed and heeded: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

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