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Area high school grades news mixed
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Grades for Charlotte County Public Schools’ three major high schools dipped, while two in Sarasota County leaped from a B to an A, according to a state report released Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood launches ‘Waterfest’ plans
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Planning for the Englewood Beach Waterfest in November 2015 is on its way. The goal is for the Offshore Powerboat Association to stage powerboats qualifying and racing off … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Although it’s highly unlikely to see a White Christmas in Southwest Florida, meteorologist Robert Garcia with the National Weather Service said he and his colleagues “never rule it out.” While … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a central Florida Walmart store so his friend could steal toys. The men — 30-year-old Tarus Scott and 27-year-old Genard Dupree — were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Legion of Honor medal winners honored
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Two 89-year-old veterans of World War II were honored at a reception after receiving France’s Legion of Honor medals. Herbert Brucker and Linwood “Nemo” Farmer received their medals in earlier and were guests of honor … read more.

SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week’s planned launch of an unmanned supply capsule until January. … read more.

Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana’s chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and leaders across … read more.

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Ed Foundation awards funds to teachers
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
In the past, when you thought of classrooms, you imagined books, paper and pencils. But that picture has changed. Today’s classrooms are equipped with smart boards, listening centers, robotics, tablets, students dissecting frogs on computers, engineering projects, digital science experiments, … Find out how to read more online.

A loss to be proud of
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
Six months after starting a weight loss journey aimed at improving their health and contributing to a great event, Arcadian Publisher Joe Gallimore and Assistant Editor Steve Bauer are proud to announce positive results. Bauer dropped 77 pounds and Gallimore … Find out how to read more online.

DeSoto students in SFSC graduation today
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
South Florida State College graduates will celebrate long hours of study, self-determination, and diligence when they are honored during the colleges first December Commencement at 6:45 p.m. today in the Theatre for the Performing Arts, Highlands Campus. The commencement speaker … Find out how to read more online.

Arcadian named A/C instructor of the year
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
Arcadian Brian Forbes, an air conditioning, heating and refrigeration instructor at Manatee Technical Institute, earned the title of 2014 Best Instructor by The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS and the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The 15th … Find out how to read more online.

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