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No one’s ‘getting rich’
Mon  Aug 6 2018 06:03PM
North Port Deputy Police Chief Chris Morales says officers go to work “knowing in the back of their mind they may not come home. You can’t put a price tag … Find out how to read more online.
Steady showers, storms forecast for SW Florida all week
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Southwest Florida weather is nothing if not consistent lately. According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are expected on a daily basis this week with temperatures reaching as … Find out how to read more online.
Collision of old & new values
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
When Mike Haymans moved to Punta Gorda as a first- grader with his family in 1960, only 12,000 people lived in all of Charlotte County and less than 200 in … Find out how to read more online.
Curmudgeons meet the candidates in Charlotte
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
It started with a prayer to “keep our politicians honest.” On Wednesday night at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, the Charlotte County Curmudgeon Club invited the community to a “Meet … Find out how to read more online.
Rescued Lemon Bay manatee dies at SeaWorld in Orlando
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
A sick manatee that was removed from Lemon Bay has died, officials at SeaWorld in Orlando said Thursday. The manatee was lying immobile on a sandbar Wednesday when Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide hangs onto coastal waters
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key may have seen a “very, very slight” reprieve from toxic red tide early Thursday morning. The operative words are “very, very slight.” “There’s no smell, no … Find out how to read more online.
Boom time returns
Sun  Jul 29 2018 08:30AM
Having seen its population double in each decade of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, Charlotte County isn’t new to exponential growth. This time, however, a combination of political, economic and … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy, boater help rescue red-tide stricken manatee in Lemon Bay
Fri  Aug 3 2018 10:57AM
ENGLEWOOD — A manatee stricken by red tide was clinging to life on a sandbar Wednesday morning, when a deputy and a local boater came to its rescue. Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Miss Florida Rodeo Pageant
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Applications are available for the 2019 Miss Rodeo Florida Pageant to be held Sept. 27-29 in Osceola County. This is open to Florida girls wishing to promote rodeo. Contestants compete … Find out how to read more online.
Election 2018, Tuesday rally at Mosaic Arena
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Candidates on the August ballot brought their messages and supporters to the Mosaic Arena on Tuesday. Sponsored by the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce and the Arcadian, the evening political … Find out how to read more online.
Airport Ranch: not a typical country farm
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
The Arcadian is featuring pets, livestock, exotic wildlife and their keepers in this occasional series. This week’s guests are Mark Slaba and Vicki Verbanic, partners who started Airport Ranch. They … Find out how to read more online.
Jeremy Block: Entrepreneur, stunt rider, social media activist
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
The Arcadian profiles workers and entrepreneurs in occasional Business Spotlight profiles. This week’s visit is with DeSoto County’s Jeremy Block, owner of JB Heavy Equipment Services Inc., a professional stunt … Find out how to read more online.
Willkommen, Frida!
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Arcadia Rotary is hosting a first-ever exchange student. Frida Hartmann arrived Sunday from Oelde, Germany. She will be staying the entire school year and will attend 10th grade at DeSoto … Find out how to read more online.
Elton Langford talks about Mosaic vote
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
“A man cannot disobey his conscience.” —Ernest Hemingway It was like boom goes the dynamite. Right as the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners last week seemed on the verge of … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadians find extreme poverty, not much different back home
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
An Arcadia group this summer traveled to South Dakota on an annual missionary pilgrimage. Part 1 of their story was in last week’s Arcadian. Writer Jamie Pipher in Part 2 … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadian escapes alligator attack, father intervened
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
When it mattered, Chris Grimes got nasty. The Arcadia father, his kids and an aunt were at the Peace River Saturday when 11-year-old Fritzson Grimes along the shoreline was suddenly … Find out how to read more online.
Voter Registration: More voters, same voting pattern
Wed  Aug 1 2018 12:58PM
Among a drama-filled election season, the one thing that proved not to be so shocking is primary voter registration. Though the amount of registered voters increased significantly in Charlotte and … Find out how to read more online.
Man killed in four-car wreck on I-75
Tue  Jul 31 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A four-car crash left one person dead Monday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The chain-reaction wreck happened at 4:45 a.m. Monday along Interstate 75 near … Find out how to read more online.
IslandWalk man received Silver Star for heroism
Tue  Jul 31 2018 11:03AM
After graduating from Southern Illinois University in 1964, Byron Hill, of IslandWalk in West Villages, found his name at the top of the list to be drafted and sent to … Find out how to read more online.
‘We want our beach back’
Mon  Jul 30 2018 11:13AM
Instead of renting chairs on Englewood Beach, Mark Timchula spent Saturday on a street corner in Sarasota fighting for clean water and his livelihood. Known as The Beach Guy, Timchula, … Find out how to read more online.
G.I. Bill made difference in veteran’s life
Mon  Aug 6 2018 08:30AM
Bob Schrock missed the war in Europe, and when he ended up in the Philippines, the war in the Pacific Theatre of Operations was over, too. Shortly after graduating from … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide on their radar
Sat  Aug 4 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Rotonda resident Hanna Territ and Grove City resident Emily Mozzicato enjoyed an early morning Loving Light Yoga class at Englewood Beach on Friday. “I didn’t smell any red … Find out how to read more online.
Trump rally ‘emotional’
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Joann Dillon stood in pouring rain and heat Tuesday, singing the “Star Spangled Banner” with thousands of President Trump supporters. “It was so emotional,” said Dillon, an executive assistant for … Find out how to read more online.
Rescued Lemon Bay manatee dies at SeaWorld in Orlando
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
A sick manatee that was removed from Lemon Bay has died, officials at SeaWorld in Orlando said Thursday. The manatee was lying immobile on a sandbar Wednesday when Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide hangs onto coastal waters
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key may have seen a “very, very slight” reprieve from toxic red tide early Thursday morning. The operative words are “very, very slight.” “There’s no smell, no … Find out how to read more online.
Curmudgeons meet the candidates in Charlotte
Fri  Aug 3 2018 08:30AM
It started with a prayer to “keep our politicians honest.” On Wednesday night at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, the Charlotte County Curmudgeon Club invited the community to a “Meet … Find out how to read more online.
Area Realtor boards to merge
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
The feedback has been positive since the Englewood Board of Realtors announced its intended merger with the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port board. Once it’s formally approved among the Englewood Area … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto deputies keeping schools safer, ready for Aug. 13
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
While the kids and school staff recuperated this summer, police worked to keep them safer when school convenes on Aug. 13. DeSoto sheriff’s deputies in summer sessions rehearsed responses in … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Cattlemen’s Ranch Rodeo Qualifer
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Results from last week: First overall, 4F Cattle and Hay (Bobby Fussell) Second overall, M & D Overstreet Ranch Third overall, Rocking RB Cattle and Horses Bronc winner, Pearce Cattle … Find out how to read more online.
Meet the candidates in DeSoto District-4 race
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Election season is here. The Arcadian is featuring those seeking office in DeSoto County. This week’s profile is of candidates for the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners District-4 race. John … Find out how to read more online.
Making a difference: OT’s kids ready for school
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Octavious “OT” Dennis is a man with a big heart. For the past several years he has been collecting backpacks, filling them with school supplies, and handing them out to … Find out how to read more online.
Florida gas prices hold steady, up 2 cents
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Gas prices rose 2 cents nationwide last week, as prices in the southeast face upward pressure. Wholesale gasoline prices rose 8 cents in Florida and Georgia, and 7 cents in … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
DeSoto County Animal Services is at 2048 NE McKay. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-6 p.m. You are encouraged to visit these adoptable dogs and cats. Volunteers are also wanted to walk, … Find out how to read more online.
Feds arrest bank suspects, local investigator credited
Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
It was like piecing together a huge puzzle. Only this mystery involved guns, aggressive bank robbers and terrorized victims. And one sharp investigator. Arcadia police last week announced arrests in … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Aug 2 2018 08:30AM
Helpful fungus among us Fighting plant disease with jet blast sprays is standard practice for citrus growers. But to spray a fungus to control a single insect that carries a … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless man charged in Englewood burglary spree
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Deputies arrested a homeless man Monday afternoon in connection with a string of burglaries in Englewood, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported. Officers found Matthew O’Connor, 26, soaking … Find out how to read more online.
State allocates extra funds to protect elections
Mon  Jul 30 2018 08:30AM
Will the Russians interfere in this election? Nyet, Florida’s Division of Election hopes. After 12 Russian operatives were indicted for allegedly interfering with the 2016 election, Florida state legislators voted … Find out how to read more online.
Report: North Port man dies from wreck injuries
Mon  Jul 30 2018 08:30AM
A 57-year-old North Port man died from injuries he suffered in a wreck on Interstate 75 Saturday. The wreck happened around 12:40 p.m. in the southbound lanes near mile marker … Find out how to read more online.
Local red tide has a long, complex history
Mon  Jul 30 2018 11:14AM
The simple answer about toxic red tide blooms is that there’s no simple answer. “People like simple answers, but it’s not that simple,” said Quay Dortch, coordinator of the Ecology … Find out how to read more online.


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