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PGT acquires Miami window manufacturer
Fri  Aug 1 2014 06:18PM
VENICE — North Venice-based PGT Windows has agreed to spend $111 million to buy a rival competitor, Miami-based CGI Windows & Doors Holdings Inc. Established in 1992, CGI, with its … Find out how to read more online.
Spa soaked for $178K
Fri  Aug 1 2014 06:25PM
The former office manager of Spago Day Spa & Salon has been accused of making more than $175,000 in fraudulent purchases on the company’s business card between 2010 and 2012, … Find out how to read more online.
Online fundraiser to help Oasis pastor
Fri  Aug 1 2014 06:25PM
NORTH PORT — Aaron Imel, pastor of Oasis Church — located off North Toledo Blade Boulevard — is recovering from a heart attack he suffered recently. Although the family has … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County seeks public input on stand-up paddleboards
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:40PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Parks and Recreation officials are seeking community input on a proposal to allow the rental and use of stand-up paddleboards at county-owned beaches. Residents and … Find out how to read more online.
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Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have agreed to combine their broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity. The deal announced late Wednesday is the latest … read more.

US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where … read more.

Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor’s office
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician’s office for about an hour, authorities say. The woman, … read more.

Price tag for new Tampa area expressway is $454M
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Department of Transportation officials say a new expressway linking two major roads in the Tampa Bay area will cost about $454 million — about $116 million more than first announced. Most of the extra … read more.

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Sample ballots to go out next week
Fri  Aug 1 2014 05:56PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sample ballots for the Aug. 26 primary will be mailed to registered voters in Sarasota County on Monday, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent. A personalized sample ballot is being mailed to each of the 236,888 … Find out how to read more online.

Crash claims roadside worker
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Christopher Allen Best, … Find out how to read more online.

City’s influence grows
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The city of North Port will get another vote on the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization board, tasked with planning regional transportation infrastructure. The extra vote is “very significant,” said City Commissioner Rhonda DiFranco, who’s poised to become … Find out how to read more online.

North Port man charged with battering woman
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was charged with battery early Thursday morning after allegedly attacking a 33-year-old woman, according to the North Port Police Department. Robert Parolisi, 43, of the 2300 block of Halblum St., was with the … Find out how to read more online.

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