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Mud run, festival get folks back to ‘Nature’
Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:21PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — At a recent get-together in Englewood, Ann Gillis resolved that it was time to try her first long-distance run ever. But, like many post-cocktail decisions, it was … Find out how to read more online.
‘Small Business Saturday’ promotes shop-local culture
Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:21PM
Small-business owners agree that creativity and inspiration are two ingredients that set local businesses apart from their larger, corporate competitors. “There are a lot of creative things going on locally,” … Find out how to read more online.
THURSDAY is the new BLACK FRIDAY
Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:21PM
There’s no turning back for bargain hunter Melanie White. “I have shopped Black Friday every year since I was 16,” she said. “I am almost 40. I do it because … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate dips
Sat  Nov 22 2014 08:30AM
Area unemployment numbers continued their downward trend in October, aided by the triple threat of an improving economy, returning snowbirds and the approaching holidays. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida shootout leaves deputy, gunman dead
Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:29PM
TALLAHASSEE — A man set his house on fire and then fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another Saturday when they responded to the scene, before he was shot to death by other law enforcement officers, authorities said. Deputies … read more.


Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:20PM

Cleanup on, flood threat looms after huge NY snow
Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:20PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Beth Bragg’s home was spared the worst of a lake-effect storm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under more than 7 feet of snow. So why was she out first-thing Saturday with her shovel? “I … read more.

Trolley linking Homestead, parks expands
Sat  Nov 22 2014 07:20PM
HOMESTEAD (AP) — A trolley service linking downtown Homestead with two nearby national parks is expanding its service. The Homestead National Parks Trolley will operate on weekends from Nov. 22 through April 26. Officials say they’re adding more tour times … read more.

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Inmate injured in prison transport crash
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Martina Tatarcyk was horrified when she got a call saying her son was in surgery following a crash on Interstate 4 while being transported from prison back to the Charlotte County Jail. “Keith was shackled in the van … Find out how to read more online.

Block Party canceled for 2015
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Block Party, one of the largest street festivals in Southwest Florida, has been canceled for 2015. Punta Gorda Days Inc., the nonprofit group that has staged the Block Party since 1987, announced the decision … Find out how to read more online.

Herald-Tribune newspaper sold again
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
New Media Investment Group, the parent company of GateHouse Media, said Thursday that it had acquired “substantially all of the assets” of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the other newspapers in the Halifax Media Group for $280 million in cash. The … Find out how to read more online.

Outside law firm investigates internal North Port complaint
Fri  Nov 21 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port city officials have confirmed that an outside law firm has been hired to investigate a “hostile workplace” complaint made toward aquatics technician Rich Tirado. City Attorney Mark Moriarty sent a memo to the City Commission … Find out how to read more online.

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