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Tarpon commencement will be ‘dignified’
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Senior Jonathon Skavroneck isn’t expecting anything over the top for Charlotte High School’s graduation ceremony, but he said that is what will make it special. “Our graduation … Find out how to read more online.
Weekend 911 calls run the gamut
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — While many residents were enjoying time off for the long Memorial Day weekend, local first responders were kept plenty busy around the community. The average number of … Find out how to read more online.
Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen … Find out how to read more online.
Jenkins’ death leaves void in veterans community
Mon  May 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — On Oct. 26, 1967, while serving with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Sgt. Jim Lannon was participating in Operation County Fair in Quang … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Taco Bell, Pizza Hut join trend: Artificial ingredients getting booted
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they’re getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing. Instead of “black pepper flavor,” … read more.

Black widow spider crawls out of bag of grapes, bites woman
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman has been bitten by a black widow spider her family says was hiding in a bag of grapes. WCAX-TV reports the 21-year-old Colchester resident spent a night at a hospital after being treated … read more.

Floodwaters deepen in Houston
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
HOUSTON — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation’s fourth-largest city. Meanwhile, the … read more.

US home prices rose at steady pace in March from year ago
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in March, pushed higher by a limited supply of houses for sale. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5 percent in March from 12 months earlier, … read more.

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Knight Island fire details emerge
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County received eight frantic calls to 911 early Sunday reporting a Knight Island house engulfed in fire that killed a mother and son, and their dog. “The flames are shooting 75 feet up in the air,” the … Find out how to read more online.

Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of slavery. Assuming the role of a young white woman raised … Find out how to read more online.

‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut Consulting, said he’s not surprised there was a recent death … Find out how to read more online.

NPPD: Witness helped to move body after murder
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities said a witness to the murder of a 43-year-old North Port man last week allegedly first helped the killer move the body before the witness ran to report the slaying to authorities. The North Port Police … Find out how to read more online.

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