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US 41 widening begins
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Mooring not on Charlotte’s horizon — for now
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners want to delve in a bit deeper before they consider establishing a designated mooring field in Lemon Bay or elsewhere. Commissioners, however, want to do … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Schools honor teachers, staff
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
West Elementary third grade teacher Wil Brunty was named DeSoto County’s Teacher of the Year in a special ceremony on Jan. 13. The honor included a check for $5,000 from … Find out how to read more online.
School District hopes to save up to $2 million
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
On Tuesday, the DeSoto County School Board approved an agreement with a company called Cenergistic that could save the schools up to $2 million in energy and utility costs over … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Thought to be dead, ‘zombie’ cat crawls out of grave
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
TAMPA — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 ½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought … read more.

Boston bounces back, digs out from blizzard’s 2 feet of snow
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON (AP) — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow. … read more.

Stocks fade late as oil dips, Fed gives investors pause
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Reserve’s latest take on the U.S. economy got investors in a selling mood Wednesday, as stocks fell sharply for the second straight day. The stock market also took a hit when benchmark U.S. oil … read more.

Smugglers ferry refugees in cargo ships
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:19AM
ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR — The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the “ghost ship” came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew — and hundreds of Syrians as … read more.

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Third annual art show set for Feb. 6-7
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
The third annual Art of the River fine art show and Rio de la Paz Festival celebrates the Peace River and our Florida way of life. DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council hosts the event at the DeSoto Campus of South … Find out how to read more online.

FPL to expand solar power operations in DeSoto
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
Florida Power and Light is poised to triple its current solar power generating capacity, and part of that effort will include expanding its DeSoto County installation. In an announcement Monday, FPL released details about its plans to build substantially more … Find out how to read more online.

Lost dog — reward offered
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
PHOTO PROVIDED This male redbone cur was lost on Senate Street in Fort Ogden recently. He is about a year old and weighs roughly 85 pounds. A reward is being offered. His family loves and misses him. If you have … Find out how to read more online.

62nd DeSoto County Fair comes to a close for 2015
Thu  Jan 29 2015 01:00AM
PAGEANTS Miss DeSoto: Miss DeSoto — Josie Deriso 1st Runner Up — Catherine Ducette Talent — Josie Deriso Photogenic and academic — MaKayla Green Congeniality — Catherine Ducette Junior Miss DeSoto: Junior Miss — Caroline Livingston 1st Runner Up — … Find out how to read more online.

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