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March 1, 2015 
This Week's Big Stories:
Chico's Closing 120 Clothing Stores

FORT MYERS, FL. -- Chico's FAS, Inc., a clothing retailer based in Fort Myers, Fl. issued a statement Wednesday indicating it's closing 120 clothing stores.

On the other hand for fiscal 2015, the company plans to open approximately 40 new stores, but significantly less than the openings of 125 stores in 2012, 135 stores in 2013, and 109 stores in 2014.

"The Company has also determined to increase the rate of domestic store closures to improve the overall productivity of its store fleet. Under this plan, the Company expects to close approximately 120 stores starting in fiscal 2015 through 2017. These 120 store closings are expected to ultimately result in expense savings of approximately $55.2 million upon completion."

For fiscal 2015, the Chico's plans to close approximately 35 stores.

The company made changes that resulted in the elimination of approximately 240 existing positions, which is expected to result in approximately $38 million of annualized savings. The corporate organizational realignment resulted in a 12% reduction of the Company's headquarters and field management employee base.

Todd Vogensen , Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chico's FAS, said, "The changes to the Company's capital allocation and cost reductions announced today were carefully considered to ensure that we continue to operate from a position of strength and drive profitable growth and value creation."

The Company, through its brands – Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper, is a specialty retailer of women's private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, accessories, and other non-clothing items.

As of January 31, 2015, the Company operated 1,547 stores in the US and Canada and sold merchandise through franchise locations in Mexico.

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  • Commentary by T. W. Bill Neville

I don't know about you, but I don't take too kindly to some of the things that I hear "CRAIGS LIST" has been involved in. That is, until I ran across this ad which really captured my attention and opened up a possible avenue of "rebirth" for the "Green" generation of environmentalists.

According to the ad, someone has listed " A fifty-some year old manure spreader with uncertain brand. It is said to have been produced in Kenya, and existed for a few years in Indonesia before being smuggled into the Us from Hawaii. Of questionable pedigree, it does not appear to ever have been worked very hard.

Apparently, it was pampered by various owners over several years of low maintenance and misdirected, job application. In essence, it doesn't work very often, but when it does, it can sling manure for amazing distances. Resulting in many moving experiences.

With any luck at all, I am hopeful of retiring the manure spreader in 2016. I really don't want it hanging around, getting in the way and fouling the air anymore. I would prefer to
have it go to a foreign country buyer, and relocate it out of the US.

I would be willing to trade it for a nicely framed copy of the United States Constitution. I can guarantee that it has been treated very carefully and is currently being cradled in a big white house in, Washington, D.C."

Any offer, with in reason, will be carefully considered, in the "hope" that any "changes" will always be to "benefit" the people.

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LABELLE, FL. -- For those who would like to listen to the Sunday Morning News stories instead of reading, you can subscribe to all the news stories in audio format using one of many podcasts services and web news readers. 
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The Way Back Machine - News Archives
Look Back To 1999 Editions Of The Sunday Morning News

LABELLE, FL. --  Looking for a Sunday Morning News internet page from a decage ago? You can find many archived web pages from the past at the "Way Back Machine", a feature of Archive.org, keeping for posterity webpages from the past.

The Sunday Morning News is archived as far back at February 1999, and includes over 100 weekly editions of the Hendry and Glades area news pages.   Most of the important editions of the Sunday Morning News/Southwest Florida Online pages can be found at the archive.

The "Way Back Machine" can search for any web address, just type it in and see what the web page looked like in the past.

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://members.aol.com/kq4ym/news.html   - Sunday Morning News "Way Back" Archive from 1999 


Over Three Million Views To LaBelle's Live Video Webcast
 
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Millions visiting LaBelle, Florida via Live internet video broadcast

LABELLE, FL. --
Don Browne has been publicizing LaBelle and Hendry-Glades county for over 14 years though his Southwest Florida Online web pages featuring news and information about the Hendry-Glades-Lake Okeechobee region. 

Browne's web camera page has added a new twist to social networking while promoting the Hendry county area. In mid-November 2007 through 2010 the live video cast began to spread the word around the world about Southwest Florida, and the LaBelle/Hendry/Glades county area. In February 2009 a 3-D video camera was added.

A "featured producer" on Justin.TV, Don broadcast primarily on the weekends and his broadcast page had 10,000 to 20,000 viewers pass through each hour that he was broadcasting live. In October 2010, over 1,000,000 new viewers visited LaBelle online. Now, there have been over 3,000,000 views to the LaBelle, Florida channel.

LaBelle's "lifecasting" video page attracted viewers from all around the world, even a surprise visit from a French man who was climbing Mournt Everest, the world's highest mountain.  A map on the webcast's page showed from where the visitors were coming.
 
Watch any of hundreds of Don's previous shows from the last several years, available from the clips section on the video channel at http://justin.tv/kq4ym/all  

Today, newer technology has arrived for live webcam broadcasting including Google's "Hangouts On The Air" which incorporates live YouTube broadcasting. Don has been making live webcast in recent months with up to 10 simultaneous webcasters broadcasting live on his YouTube channel. One of the recent 4 hour long YouTube Live broadcasts with 10 people.
 
Stories written about LaBelle's live webcast:

USA Today - Article On Live Video Broadcasting mentioning Don Browne

Orlando,(Fl.) Sentinel YouTube Video About Don Browne and Florida's Live Video Bloggers

Indianapolis (In.) Star - Article About Don Browne And Live Video

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Internet access for LaBelle and Clewiston by StratoNet. StratoNet, serving Florida since 1992 offers the LaBelle and Clewiston communities a local internet access number. StratoNet has been in the internet business since 1992, and is one of the oldest internet service providers in the state, and now offers LaBelle and Clewiston area internet users a local phone number to access the internet. Rates include unlimited access to a local phone number to access the internet from the LaBelle area. StratoNet has unlimited free technical support for customers and free personal web page space. Call 888-382-8503 or go to for details.

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