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More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
A couple more cold fronts are headed to Southwest Florida, but the work week should be mostly dry except for Monday, according to Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man recalls time in German POW camp
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story. While serving as a 57 mm gunner in the 106th Infantry Division, part of Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army, in … Find out how to read more online.
Donations sought to restore firefighting relic
Sun  Jan 25 2015 10:42AM
NORTH PORT—  Richard Yarnall, a North Port firefighter and commander of the North Port Honor Guard, is heading up an effort to raise $25,000 to restore a 1946 Seagrave Pumper … Find out how to read more online.
Driver seriously injured in I-75 rollover
Sun  Jan 25 2015 03:48PM
NORTH PORT — A 47-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday when his SUV rolled over several times on Interstate 75, throwing him from the vehicle. According to a Florida Highway … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Central Florida church makes 100,000 meals to ship to Africa
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
INDIALANTIC, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of volunteers at a central Florida church have pulled off an impressive act of charity: They’re sending 100,000 meals to Africa. The youth ministry at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic spearheaded an … read more.

Uber drivers fined more than $44K in series of Fla. stings
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Palm Beach County officials have fined the ride-hailing service Uber and six of its drivers more than $44,000. The Palm Beach Post reports the county conducted stings this week in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, … read more.

Florida couple gets wedding surprise from Backstreet Boy
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple got the wedding crasher of their dreams: A visit from a member of the Backstreet Boys. Florida Today reports Ryan and A’riel Kastovich were married Saturday in Melbourne. A few months back, the … read more.

WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola
Mon  Jan 26 2015 01:19AM
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of WHO’s … read more.

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Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would connect residential to commercial areas to great public spaces. But … Find out how to read more online.

Area jobless rates recede
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
As an improving economy rolls on, jobless numbers across the region are following suit, dropping significantly in one month and over the past year. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County fell to 5.1 percent in December, down from 5.6 the … Find out how to read more online.

Committee: School district in good financial shape
Sun  Jan 25 2015 10:44AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School District is in a healthy financial situation and is using voted referendum money to effectively help students succeed, according to the district’s Financial Oversite Committee, which gave its annual report to the School … Find out how to read more online.

North Port reinstates impact fees
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Construction fees for builders will rise in North Port once a moratorium on city impact fees expires on Jan. 31. A unanimous vote in favor of taking no action on the two-year ordinance that halted the collection … Find out how to read more online.

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