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Locals grapple with possible voting change
Fri  May 25 2018 10:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port and Sarasota County officials and involved residents are pushing back against a proposed amendment that could change the way the Sarasota County Commission is structured. … Find out how to read more online.
Crime rate drops locally, statewide
Wed  May 23 2018 04:02PM
From 2016 to 2017, crime in Charlotte County decreased by more than 12 percent, according to the Uniform Crime Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday. Likewise, … Find out how to read more online.
Homicide charges dropped for man
Wed  May 23 2018 04:14PM
NORTH PORT — While charges have been dropped for one man in connection to a North Port homicide, another suspect was arrested. Dontae Lamar Stanley Jr., 21, was originally arrested … Find out how to read more online.
Surterra in support of Medical Cannabis Research Act
Wed  May 23 2018 04:14PM
NORTH PORT — Surterra Wellness founder Jake Bergmann will address Congress in regards to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s bill, the Medical Cannabis Research Act. Gaetz represents Florida’s 1st District, which … Find out how to read more online.
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Former chief sends public corruption complaint to FBI
Tue  May 22 2018 02:23PM
Former Punta Gorda police chief Tom Lewis is bringing in the feds — or at least trying to. Claiming the Punta Gorda Police Department refused to investigate his allegations of unethical and criminal conduct, Lewis sent a letter to the … Find out how to read more online.

North Port resident to run for School Board
Tue  May 22 2018 12:32PM
NORTH PORT — North Port resident Justin Cody Willis, 31, announced he’ll be running for the Sarasota County School Board. Willis will be running against incumbent Jane Goodwin, who represents District 5. District 5 covers North Port west from Sumter … Find out how to read more online.

Veterans job fair set in North Port
Tue  May 22 2018 12:32PM
NORTH PORT — Memorial Day weekend may bring celebrations and reflection, but in North Port, it will also bring a job fair. “I had someone asking me if we had Veterans’ job fair in the region and said ‘What a … Find out how to read more online.

Local BSA reps weigh in on Boy Scouts evolution
Tue  May 22 2018 01:55PM
Despite a name and policy change allowing girls to join the Cub and Boy Scouts, local representatives for Boy Scouts of America admit that not much is really changing. “Girls have been in boy scouting for a long time,” said … Find out how to read more online.

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State, National and World News
Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 31; 9 deaths
Fri  May 25 2018 12:32AM
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometers, a World Health Organization official said as the health ministry on Thursday announced that confirmed cases had … read more.

Space station accepts special delivery from Virginia
Fri  May 25 2018 12:32AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station accepted delivery Thursday of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia. A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Wallops Island. Orbital ATK shipped … read more.

Maui’s Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach’s best beach list
Fri  May 25 2018 01:19AM
A crescent-shaped beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui got the top slot Thursday on the list of best beaches issued annually by a Florida professor known as Dr. Beach. Kapalua Bay Beach topped the list released by Stephen Leatherman, … read more.

Last year Jacksonville and Fruitland Park, led Florida in growth
Fri  May 25 2018 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — When city manager Gary La Venia first arrived in the city of Fruitland Park five years ago, his commute was on a two-lane road bordered by open fields on either side. Nowadays, that same route has become … read more.

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