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Festival draws artists from afar
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The 29th annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Arts Festival was a first-day hit. “There are so many vendors showing such good art in many different forms,” exclaimed … Find out how to read more online.
Hands up, smiles on!
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:00AM
The Charlotte County Fair got off to a fun, frenzied start Friday night. … Find out how to read more online.
Land-acquisition process in place
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:00AM
Both Charlotte and Sarasota counties employ citizen advisory boards to evaluate properties for sensitive lands acquisition. Those committees were formed to provide a safeguard, and to thwart any potential for … Find out how to read more online.
More cheating probed in North Port
Fri  Jan 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Fire Chief Bill Taaffe has declined to comment on allegations of cheating in an investigation into three fire employees — two of whom resigned Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
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Militants lose in Kobani
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News … read more.

Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man. The video, released on militant websites and … read more.

Up to foot of snow possible for Midwest, Northeast
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
(AP) — A storm gathering steam over the southern Rockies is expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and perhaps even more on Boston, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it … read more.

Civilians flee east Ukraine fighting
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be … read more.

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US 41 widening begins
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
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, the road will expand from four to six lanes for … Find out how to read more online.

Mooring not on Charlotte’s horizon — for now
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
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 whatever they can to support the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office … Find out how to read more online.

DeSoto Schools honor teachers, staff
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
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 MIDFLORIDA, an iPad, and several gift cards. The administrators and … Find out how to read more online.

School District hopes to save up to $2 million
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
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 the next 10 years. During a special workshop, the School … Find out how to read more online.

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