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Heron Creek Foundation seeks charities, benefactors
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The Heron Creek Community Foundation has announced it is looking to assist local charitable organizations and is searching for benefactors to help support them. The HCCF is a … Find out how to read more online.
Bill Willis had extensive Army career before heading to Vietnam
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the first of two parts. Billy Willis was a command sergeant major, a 30-year man in the U.S. Army — a lifer. The 84-year-old retired … Find out how to read more online.
Beach it early to avoid holiday rain
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE— Beachgoers and grill masters should get the holiday fun started early Labor Day if they want to avoid those pesky afternoon Florida showers and downpours throughout the area … Find out how to read more online.
Clinic close to newborns’ hearts
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:06AM
NORTH PORT — Visitors to the Hayner home are greeted by the announcement: “Welcome to Toys R Us.” And indeed, the floor is strewn with all manner of mayhem — … Find out how to read more online.
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F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran … read more.

Sinkhole that proved popular at Corvette Museum will be filled
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — A sinkhole that swallowed eight cars inside the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky will be filled even though it has become a tourist attraction that sharply increased attendance and revenue, the museum’s board decided on Saturday. The board … read more.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops this year’s box office universe
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) — The “Guardians of the Galaxy” misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over the U.S. Labor Day weekend, soaring past fellow Marvel hero “Captain America” to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2014. “Guardians” rang … read more.

Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama’s comment on Thursday when … read more.

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Lee vote heard ’round the state
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
A decision reached earlier this week by the Lee County School Board, in which three of its five members voted to opt out of all statewide standardized tests, elicited strong reactions from Charlotte and Sarasota county educators. That decision, which … Find out how to read more online.

Yates ready for next run
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Though she couldn’t avoid a run-off, North Port City Commission Seat 5 incumbent Linda Yates came away from Tuesday’s primary with 41.74 percent of the vote. “It’s phenomenal we were able to accomplish what we were in … Find out how to read more online.

Moore eyes collaborative victory
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Jacqueline Moore isn’t taking too much time to bask in her primary election lead. The contender knows the real work is still to come if she hopes to land a seat on the North Port City Commission … Find out how to read more online.

Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: “Skilled trades.” Duffy, director of Charlotte Technical Center, said, “Especially … Find out how to read more online.

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