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Drones quietly becoming part of the environment
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
It rises vertically, buzzing like a beehive. But before long, you can’t hear the quadcopter drone: The sound of hundreds of nesting birds it’s surveilling is more powerful. The drone, … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man gets life
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
A Port Charlotte man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for capital sexual battery on a victim under 12 years of age, the State Attorney’s Office reported. The case … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • James Giles, 58, 12100 block of Poindexter Ave., Punta Gorda. Charge: violation of condition of pretrial release. Bond: none. • … Find out how to read more online.
Venice coach fired after Twitter ‘like’
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
VENICE — Fresh off a 7A state championship run, Venice High School fired its head football coach Wednesday morning after a rival team’s coach said an exchange on Twitter that … Find out how to read more online.
Police presence set for Heron Creek Middle today
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — There will be an increased police presence at Heron Creek Middle School today after a threat was made on Wednesday. According to North Port authorities, a threat … Find out how to read more online.
Peace River VFW 2824 to close, long history ends in May
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Almost exactly 80 years after its charter was granted, Peace River VFW Post 2824 will close. Lack of members and a changing world are reasons for the closing, said Ron … Find out how to read more online.
Community Conversation packs Turner Exhibit Hall
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
DeSoto leadership fielded concerns and questions at the April 19 Community Conversation townhall hosted by the Board of County Commissioners. The event afforded county planners and leadership the opportunity to … Find out how to read more online.
From the ground up at West Elementary
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Youngsters at West Elementary are working on science projects for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math program, or STEAM. The projects teach the disciplines and instill an appreciation for … Find out how to read more online.
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
State law enforcement officers, sponsors and runners this and next month support the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The torch passed through DeSoto County on April 19 … Find out how to read more online.
Proverbs Project, giving kids a better start, it’s that simple
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
The Proverbs Project may be coming along at just the right time.  According to data released last week by Florida Kids Count, part of a nationwide Kids Count Network that … Find out how to read more online.
Local mission trip to South Dakota, both exciting and challenging
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Members from Calvary Baptist Church, with members from First Baptist Church, will grab their suitcases, catch a flight to Sioux Fall, South Dakota, and begin a journey to take the … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County Library Corner, saying farewell to an old friend
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Tomorrow marks the end of an era at DeSoto County Library. Children’s librarian Cindy Beaudoin will be retiring, and the public is invited to a reception for her from 3 … Find out how to read more online.
Kingsway Ladies Association donates sneakers
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
The Kingsway Country Club Ladies Association held the annual Sneaker Tournament on April 19. Through the ladies’ sneaker and sock purchases, along with monetary donations from club members, 208 pairs … Find out how to read more online.
Cross Creek’s Arlene Brooks, picture-perfect, mermaid in another life
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
It is a mystery why we are drawn to certain things during our journey through this life. It is more of a mystery why some of us can develop a … Find out how to read more online.
For sale: One used fire station
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
DeSoto County is selling its closed fire station at 1985 SE Carlstrom Field Road/Airport Road. Price tag: $600,000. It’s a busy corner with plenty of commercial traffic. What would you … Find out how to read more online.
Business owners warn that CRC proposal would ‘destroy’ Florida’s farming industry
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
One of Florida’s top farmers and a Republican mega-donor warned today that a Constitution Revision Commission proposal requiring businesses to check employees’ immigration status would be devastating to Florida businesses. … Find out how to read more online.
Taste history at an Evening of Florida Cracker Food and Fun
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Taste and see local history at an Evening of Florida Cracker Food and Fun at 6 p.m. May 10, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1509 E. Oak St. The buffet will include classic … Find out how to read more online.
‘Art Around The World’ is Saturday at SFSC/Arcadia
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Want to feel young at art? Then visit the DeSoto School District Art Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, at the DeSoto campus of South Florida State College, … Find out how to read more online.
Time to think about summer camp
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Arcadia Housing Authority is partnering with The Salvation Army/Port Charlotte Corps to send 12 children in public housing to summer camp for a week. The camp is located in Stark … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County eyes Little Salt Spring, again
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:06PM
SARASOTA — The second time may prove to be more successful for Sarasota County. During her report to her fellow commissioners Tuesday, Commission Chairwoman Nancy Detert raised the prospect of … Find out how to read more online.
Former PCHS teacher returns to prison
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
A Charlotte County man was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Kenneth Swencki, 48, was adjudicated guilty in … Find out how to read more online.
Drones take insurance industry by storm
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Southwest Florida companies are among those on the forefront as drones take the insurance industry by storm in the state and beyond. Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the region seven … Find out how to read more online.
Prison inmate sentenced for setting fire in cell
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
A former inmate at the Charlotte Correctional Institution was sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting a fire in his prison cell in 2015, the State Attorney’s Office reported. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte approves beach taxing units
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte County commissioners have approved a taxing methodology to pay for beach renourishment and management. “(Manasota Key) will continue to erode to a point that will drastically change our shoreline,” … Find out how to read more online.
North Port moves forward with apartments
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — As new residents continue to pour into the city, North Port officials are working to create new housing options. The latest effort is approving Kenido Blade Apartments, … Find out how to read more online.
Saluting DeSoto nonprofits
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Officers with the Peace River VFW Post 2824 presented checks totalling nearly $6,000 in donations for DeSoto nonprofits that include Habitat for Humanity, Arcadia Center for the Needy, the American … Find out how to read more online.
Throwback Thursday, this week in history
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Throwback Thursday glances at the rearview mirror in Arcadia and DeSoto County. Historical correspondent Sonya Shellhouse compiles this information from past issues of the Arcadian. Teen Town Efforts Off To … Find out how to read more online.
Congratulations to SFSC corrections officer graduates, Class 18-195
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Michael Austin, coordinator at South Florida State College’s Criminal Justice Academy, presented each graduate with an occupational certificate at the April 18 ceremony. LaKisha Collins, senior correctional probation officer with … Find out how to read more online.
A day with young rodeo talent, state finals in June
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Kids from all over Florida recently came to compete in the Florida High School Rodeo Association, or FHSRA, semi-finals at the Mosaic Arena in Arcadia. Some 140 contestants from grades … Find out how to read more online.
Pie toss to benefit DeSoto kids, runs May 1-2
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Ever wanted to pie a cop? Well, now you can ... and it’s all for a great cause.  For the fourth year, Links2Success is participating in the Community Foundation of … Find out how to read more online.
Coffee with the Mayor
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
The third Thursday coffee with Arcadia mayor Judy Wertz-Strickland was at Batter Up Bakery. The morning event provides feedback and updates on community events and a look to the future. … Find out how to read more online.
Former contractor wins judgment against Arcadia
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
A jury of his peers has awarded a former city contractor nearly $580,000 in penalty damages for alleged negligence in a roll-over accident that left the man with ongoing health … Find out how to read more online.
Historical Society hosts 79th annual Ingraham/Langford Family Reunion
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
The 79th Ingraham/Langford Family Reunion was held Saturday at the DeSoto County Historical Society’s John Morgan Ingraham House Museum, 300 N. Monroe Ave., in Arcadia. Family members traveled from as … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown “Roaring 20’s” Gala
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Friends, supporters and sponsors gathered in Arcadia on Saturday for the Downtown “Roaring 20’s” Gala, an event hosted by Arcadia Main Street to benefit ongoing beautification of the historic downtown. … Find out how to read more online.
Water users flood social media, new service blamed
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
It started as a trickle. Then it was if the tap was opened. Complaints in the last months about Arcadia’s new water billing system flooded city hall and social media. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte unemployment steady; lower in Sarasota, DeSoto
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
The unemployment rate in Charlotte County stayed steady in February and March — but dropped slightly in Sarasota and DeSoto counties, according to preliminary numbers released Friday from the Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Fall Prevention Strategies, Larrupin’ Gourmet Seasonings
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
The Arcadian runs occasional spotlights of businesses/business owners whose stories need telling. The two this week are Joel Boyd/Fall Prevention Strategies, Arcadia, and Gil Sullivan/Larrupin’ Gourmet Seasonings, Fort Ogden. Fall … Find out how to read more online.
Where did the water go?
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
W ater gets no respect — it gets pushed around all the time. We all know that the Earth’s gravity makes water run downhill, which is why streams and rivers … Find out how to read more online.
Bad news on greening, truckers get ready, USDA reports
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Sour news on citrus greening A single breakthrough discovery for managing citrus greening (also known as Huanglongbing or HLB) in Florida in the future is unlikely, says a new report by the National … Find out how to read more online.
School Board supports administrator pay raises
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:04PM
SARASOTA — Despite complaints from the teachers union, Sarasota County School Board members support administrative pay raises. During a recent School Board meeting, the board passed the motion unanimously, with … Find out how to read more online.


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