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Community support vital
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
Vernon Scott made no bones about it. “This is the best job I’ve ever had,” said the new chef at Charlotte County Meals on Wheels. “It’s personally rewarding to do … Find out how to read more online.
Nickels and dimes for the Legacy Trail
Wed  Mar 29 2017 07:38PM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County commissioners began dipping their fingers in the piggy bank Wednesday looking for the funds to purchase an extension to the Legacy Trail. During the commission’s second … Find out how to read more online.
North Port commission holds items, addresses midnight meetings
Wed  Mar 29 2017 07:38PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port commissioners know their meetings have been running long. Since three of the four commissioners took office in November, a bulk of the meetings have … Find out how to read more online.
Contention over North Port grant ends in compromise
Wed  Mar 29 2017 07:38PM
NORTH PORT — After a heated discussion from the North Port City Commission and community members, the city will be moving forward to revitalize aging neighborhoods. The commission met Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida may shift students away from failing schools
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:44PM
TALLAHASSEE — Calling it an “emergency,” Florida may agree to spend up to $200 million to shift students from chronically failing schools to charter schools run by private organizations. The idea crafted by House Speaker Richard Corcoran and other top … read more.

Times up? Florida considers term limits for appeals judges
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:44PM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida would be the first state in the country to set term limits for appellate and Supreme Court judges under a proposal the Florida House voted Wednesday to put on the 2018 ballot. Republicans see the proposed 12-year … read more.

Woman charged in Sandy Hook parent threat a court no-show
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:41PM
FORT LAUDERDALE — A Florida woman charged with threatening the parent of a boy killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, was a no-show Wednesday at change-of-plea hearing and now faces a more severe punishment … read more.

Ex-Trump University student wants the president’s apology
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:41PM
AFORT LAUDERDALE — President Donald Trump’s $25 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that alleged fraud at his now-defunct Trump University may be put on hold because a former student in Florida wants a full refund plus interest and an … read more.

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New parking solution implemented for Englewood Beach
Wed  Mar 29 2017 07:38PM
MANASOTA KEY — Parking at or near Englewood Beach can be a nightmare this time of year. It seems like everyone wants to be at the beach or one of the adjacent restaurants, especially at lunchtime, happy hour, dinner time … Find out how to read more online.

Check out the wildlife at Octagon
Wed  Mar 29 2017 07:38PM
Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary held a community appreciation day Sunday in Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.

Police chief supporters’ fundraising exceeds average cost of defense
Wed  Mar 29 2017 07:38PM
Supporters of Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis continue to raise money for his legal fees to fight the second-degree misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence. Lewis was charged along with former officer Lee Coel for the death of Mary Knowlton … Find out how to read more online.

Which county is healthiest in Southwest Florida?
Wed  Mar 29 2017 07:38PM
The 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps have been released. A collaboration between Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the rankings, in their eighth year, are a snapshot of the health of counties across the … Find out how to read more online.

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