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Soggy week on tap
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
A front moving through Southwest Florida will bring with it rain for the majority of the week. The front will begin moving into the area Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it … Find out how to read more online.
Big beer vs. small craft brewers
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bill Frazer has been working for months to transform a Charlotte Street warehouse space into Fat Point Brewing Company, marking the first microbrewery in Charlotte County. The … Find out how to read more online.
Freeman remembers Tet Offensive in 1969
Mon  Apr 14 2014 08:00AM
Tet was the big battle former Air Force Sgt. Jack Freeman of Port Charlotte recalls most vividly from his year-long deployment to Vietnam. Some 80,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and … Find out how to read more online.
Mercury cleanup costs school district $39,000
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
DeSoto County School Superinten-dent Karyn Gary told the School Board Tuesday evening that the district’s net cost to clean up the recent mercury spill at DeSoto Middle School was approximately … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Ukraine fights uprising
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:19AM
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an “anti-terrorist operation” to try to … read more.

US stock markets rebounds after choppy day
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A stock market swoon turned into a comeback Tuesday. Stocks managed a late-afternoon rebound for the second time in two days as investors seemed to brush off a report of lower confidence among homebuilders and simmering … read more.

Congress is giving states transportation blues
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:19AM
DAYTON, Ohio — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut … read more.

Violence surges in Nigeria uprising
Wed  Apr 16 2014 01:19AM
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital — a surge of violence … read more.

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Fire Station 1 study results revealed
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners received an initial estimate Tuesday on the costs of rehabbing the Fire Station 1 building. Bob Taylor from Alliance Design Group in Punta Gorda said remodeling the building to meet current code would be … Find out how to read more online.

School district advocates proposed leadership academy
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
The DeSoto County School District held another meeting Monday in Lake Suzy to gauge interest in a proposed new Leadership Academy. On the campus of the proposed Lake Suzy Leadership Academy, Superintendent Karyn Gary told parents it would be a … Find out how to read more online.

DeSoto County artist Guy LaBree honored in Tallahassee
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
How many DeSoto County residents not only have had a song written in their honor by Florida folk songwriter Frank Thomas, but also have displayed their artwork in the Smithsonian Museum? Guy LaBree is not only at the top of … Find out how to read more online.

12th circuit court offers free mediation services
Thu  Apr 10 2014 08:00AM
The Citizen Dispute Settlement Program offers free Mediation Services by the 12th Judicial Circuit Court System, which includes DeSoto, Sarasota and Manatee counties. These services are conducted within the courthouses located in Arcadia, Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice. The program is … Find out how to read more online.

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