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Woman, 75, dies from June crash injuries
Tue  Jul 17 2018 01:00AM
A 75-year-old Englewood woman succumbed to injuries after being struck by a car on June 22, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Monday. Louise Hoffman was walking east across Ceres Street … Find out how to read more online.
Local marijuana arrests on the rise
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Despite growing acceptance of marijuana use across the country, Southwest Florida law enforcement are still cracking down on the drug. In fact, local agencies have reported growing numbers of misdemeanor … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Harbor estuary program gets money from Mosaic
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, an organization formed to protect waterways, is getting some funding through the Mosaic Company. That matters especially right now, as federal funding for CHNEP — … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide lurks in area waters
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Beach Guy Mark Timchula posted a video on Facebook Friday morning showing a change in the water color at Englewood Beach. It was brownish, not clear or bluish-green … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte offered freebies for Parks and Rec Month
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
Saturday morning was the perfect day to soak up summer sun before heading back to school or work. Charlotte County celebrated Parks and Recreation Month by offering free admission to … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte, North Port efforts: Cops partnering with mental health experts
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
Local law enforcement officers are teaming up with mental health/substance abuse experts in an attempt to prevent untreated illnesses from spiraling out of control. Cops can involuntarily admit people who … Find out how to read more online.
Building association endorses candidates
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
It’s all about growth. For Charlotte County’s schools, airports, businesses and budget, the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association’s political action committee has decided which candidates they find will grow the area … Find out how to read more online.
Diver found dead off Manasota Key
Fri  Jul 13 2018 02:45PM
MANASOTA BEACH — Shortly after his fellow divers reported James E. Little missing Thursday morning, Venice firefighters spotted his body in the Gulf of Mexico. The search crew brought the … Find out how to read more online.
Fat Point brews success among stout competition
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Brewers at Fat Point Brewery are hopping practically as high as their beers. After submitting six beers to the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship, an international brewing … Find out how to read more online.
Manatee mortalities on the rise as a result of red tide
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Barry Dyble has lived in the area since 1987 and said he hadn’t ever seen anything like it. A large manatee was floating, lifeless, down a canal off Edgewater Drive … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto kids home from Junior Finals
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Cowboys and cowgirls back from National Junior High Finals in South Dakota report exciting competition, new friends and fun adventures. Look forward to rodeo reports in future issues of the … Find out how to read more online.
Having a grand time
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
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 … Find out how to read more online.
Mosaic process heating up, BOCC warning, Hwy 17 billboards
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Nancy Grant’s heart is there for the world to see. It sits about 30 feet up, visible in both directions on U.S. Highway 17. The Arcadian has rented two roadside … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County Jail, a learning experience, ‘what a difference you made’
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
The Florida Sheriff’s Association in 1996 set minimum state jail standards. These ensure a jail inmate’s constitutional rights. Among those is access to religious services carried out by the appointment … Find out how to read more online.
General aviation: Vital to Floridians
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Tourism is the largest industry in Florida; nearly every community across the state has a thriving tourism industry, and Arcadia is no different. Our community has a lot to offer … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia updates blight regulations
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Tired of the trash, abandoned vehicles and other junk collecting in your neighbor’s yard? Relief could come soon. And those living in dumpy rentals or next to abandoned non-homestead property … Find out how to read more online.
Bike to Owens School and tips for summer riding
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
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, … Find out how to read more online.
Millionaire market:
Sun  Jul 8 2018 08:30AM
They’re all unique. They’re way out of reach for most people. And they’re for sale. Properties priced over $10 million boast features like mansions with elevators, lucrative locations, incredible views, … Find out how to read more online.
Forecast: More rain, more thunder, more heat
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Not to any surprise, another hot and rainy week is in the weather forecast. According to the National Weather Service, Southwest Floridians should expect more showers and thunderstorms in the … Find out how to read more online.
Fear of AIDS drove family from schools, town
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
In 1986, three young Arcadia brothers with hemophilia since birth tested positive for HIV. An ugly battle, complete with international headlines, ensued with the school system and many townsfolk who … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Beach triathlon unhampered by red tide
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Plenty of winners took home medals at Saturday’s triathlon, but red tide didn’t even get an honorable mention. The blotchy brownish water plaguing beachgoers for weeks didn’t deter … Find out how to read more online.
Convoy from Punta Gorda protests for clean water
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
A convoy of cars and motorcycles left Punta Gorda and drove to Clewiston to rally on Saturday for cleaner waterways. Josh Greer, owner of West Wall Outfitters in Port Charlotte, … Find out how to read more online.
Old grudges surface
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
The race for state attorney pits a former employee against a current one, in campaigns where the past is becoming as important as the future. On one side is Amira … Find out how to read more online.
Save Our Fisheries convoy leaves Punta Gorda to rally
Sat  Jul 14 2018 08:30AM
Floridians fed up with what has been described as a “dismal condition” of public waterways will ride to rally in Clewiston today. Hundreds are expected to gather for the Save … Find out how to read more online.
Vote-by-mail ballots start going out today
Fri  Jul 13 2018 08:30AM
The first set of vote- by-mail ballots for the Aug. 28 primary election will go out today. In Sarasota County, the first set of more than 1,400 ballots will be … Find out how to read more online.
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD BEACH — Does the freshwater algae from Lake Okeechobee feed the fish-killing red tide bloom in the Gulf of Mexico? Are state and federal officials doing enough to protect … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans, roommates, brothers fight together in life
Wed  Jul 11 2018 08:30AM
John Kaslikowski had a few fights back in the day. Nothing big, mind you. Nothing like a career in boxing. Just seven bouts, maybe eight, as a welterweight. But he … Find out how to read more online.
Howard-Goodwin announce October wedding
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
David and Brenda Howard of Marianna, Fla., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Gracelyn Joyce Howard to Nicholas Adam Goodwin, son of Jody and Selena Goodwin of … Find out how to read more online.
Anderson lone candidate for marshal’s position
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Election season is here. The Arcadian is featuring those seeking office in DeSoto County. This week’s profile is of Arcadia City Marshal Matthew Anderson, the town’s top law enforcement officer. … Find out how to read more online.
Meet Holly Nagel: pastry chef, ‘can make your arm hurt’
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Holly Nagel is the pastry chef at Wheeler’s Cafe in Arcadia. The Maine native is a graduate of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. She has been in Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Wrapping up an awesome summer at DeSoto County Library
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
It has been a very busy and rewarding summer at DeSoto County Library. By combining the best of everything—free hot lunches and snacks for youth provided by All Faiths Food … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto County history mystery: 325 W. Oak Street after Pelots
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
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, Last week … Find out how to read more online.
Gone but never forgotten
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Dr. Sharon Goodman and family thank the community and churches for all your prayers and support during our time of sorrow. Thank you for your resolutions, food, flowers and phone … Find out how to read more online.

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Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
Drapernotes to fold (email from the author of “After much thought we will be closing drapernotes down in early August. This intention of this site was to make the … Find out how to read more online.
July 31 crop insurance deadline
Thu  Jul 12 2018 08:30AM
USDA’s Risk Management Agency reminds Florida fresh market sweet corn, fresh market tomato and pepper growers that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage is July 31. Current … Find out how to read more online.
Governor drops in for coffee
Wed  Jul 11 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County resident Mike Gillian thought his morning would start with a cup of joe, not meeting the governor. As part of his Senate campaign, Gov. Rick Scott scheduled a … Find out how to read more online.