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Where are the cooks?
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Sooner or later, conversation with local restaurant owners turns to the employment picture, and it’s not pretty. “It’s hard to find good help,” they complain. “They don’t show up if … Find out how to read more online.
Housing sales slow to take off in 2017
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:00PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The new year got off to a slow start across the region, with January home sales falling off considerably from the previous month. In Charlotte, single-family closed … Find out how to read more online.
Grant plans to open funding spigot to local water-quality projects
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:00PM

State Representative Mike Grant is back for a return engagement in the Florida House, previously serving two terms from 2004-2008. He then lost Republican primary races for a Senate seat …

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The future of solar is in young hands
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:00PM
Florida Power & Light formally commissioned its three new solar power facilities in ceremonies before an audience of dignitaries in Manatee County Monday. The event officially welcomed one million solar … Find out how to read more online.
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Deputies: 1 dead, 1 critical in Orlando home invasion
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Investigators say an Orlando man shot two men during a home invasion, killing one of them. Orange County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jane Watrel tells local news outlets that a woman called 911 around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and told … read more.

Grandparents charged in case of boy killed by brother
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
PORT ORANGE (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested the grandparents of an 8-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed by his older brother. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 56-year-old Sabrina Potter and 47-year-old Robert Potter were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Drop in Florida home ownership but gains in Fort Myers area
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Homeownership dipped slightly in Florida statewide last year, but there were gains in southwest Florida. New Census figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the home ownership rate in Florida dropped from 64.8 percent … read more.

Florida House pushes ahead with bid to dismantle programs
Wed  Feb 22 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A push by Florida House Republicans to scuttle the state’s economic development agency is moving ahead, despite fierce opposition by Gov. Rick Scott. A divided House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would eliminate Enterprise … read more.

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Englewood residents charged with manufacturing cocaine
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:00PM
ENGLEWOOD — Two Englewood individuals were arrested Tuesday for manufacturing and trafficking cocaine, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Andrea Gluschenko, 26, and Evan Colby Thomassen, 25, were taken into custody after a search warrant was carried out by … Find out how to read more online.

Englewood woman dies after being hit by SUV
Wed  Feb 22 2017 06:56PM
ENGLEWOOD — Linda Zoellner died doing something she enjoyed. While gardening at noon Tuesday near her Lemon Bay Breeze Condo, witnesses say Zoellner was likely bent down near the corner where she was planting flowers. That’s when she was struck … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota School Board celebrates Lori White’s legacy
Wed  Feb 22 2017 06:56PM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board meeting Tuesday had its standard approvals, but also focused on a farewell for Lori White. White, who retires March 1, has worked for the district since 1977, and was appointed superintendent in 2008. … Find out how to read more online.

Push renews for River Road funding
Wed  Feb 22 2017 07:02PM
TALLAHASSEE — In a crowded meeting room Wednesday, state senators heard a pitch from one of their own to gain state dollars to repair River Road. State Sen. Greg Steube (R-District 23) kicked off the meeting of the Appropriations Subcommittee … Find out how to read more online.

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