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Exploring the city’s many blueways
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:52AM
NORTH PORT — A Kayak Excursion last week launched from Marina Park and traveled about 3 miles up the Myakkahatchee Creek. The excursion was organized by People For Trees along … Find out how to read more online.
Police department blessed by church
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:48AM
NORTH PORT — Following the tragic killings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, a North Port church held a ceremony to pray for the local department. Five officers were … Find out how to read more online.
Dentist to provide free services in Saint Lucia
Fri  Jul 22 2016 09:24AM
NORTH PORT — Dr. Kevin Schapley, a North Port dentist, is heading to Saint Lucia today — not for the white sands and blue water, but to help those in … Find out how to read more online.
Crowded field faces questions at forum
Thu  Jul 21 2016 09:10AM
NORTH PORT — A candidate forum for the North Port city commissioner hopefuls will be held tonight and give voters the opportunity to become more informed on those running. “We’re … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida’s jobs agency gives checks to departing employees
Sat  Jul 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid a major shakeup pushed by Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida agency responsible for luring jobs to the state is paying nearly a half-million dollars to departing employees. Florida taxpayers are picking up the majority of … read more.

County worker accused of threatening Florida AG Pam Bondi
Fri  Jul 22 2016 10:19PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi got a death threat from a county worker in central Florida who accused her of hating gays and taking bribes from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. A Florida Department … read more.

Authorities: $1B Medicare fraud nursing home scam, 3 charged
Sat  Jul 23 2016 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been charged in an unprecedented $1 billion health care fraud scam, accused of using dozens of Miami nursing homes to bilk the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to an indictment unsealed … read more.

Historic home destroyed by fire
Fri  Jul 22 2016 10:19PM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say one of Melbourne’s oldest surviving houses has been destroyed by a fire. Florida Today reports that firefighters responded to the Elizabeth Eaton home early Thursday afternoon. The flames were knocked down about an hour … read more.

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North Port High School principal leaving
Thu  Jul 21 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After four years at North Port High School, Principal David Jones is heading back to Sarasota High School to serve as principal. Jones, whose career in Sarasota County began at SHS, will take over for Principal Jeff … Find out how to read more online.

Mooney names new principal
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:50AM
VENICE — The Diocese of Venice announced a new principal at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School. Timothy Gallic took over the role July 7, the diocese said in a news release. Gallic has been the national director of advancement for … Find out how to read more online.

Gas prices drop below $2 a gallon
Sat  Jul 23 2016 11:50AM
Chris Carroll shrugged when asked his thoughts on regular unleaded gas prices hovering below $2 a gallon. The Southwest Florida man pays a little more. He uses premium fuel to power his new Dodge Ram work truck, which he uses … Find out how to read more online.

Jury: Man guilty of landlord’s murder
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Deliberating for a little more than an hour, a jury found John Alan Mellquist guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the slaying of his landlord 13 years ago. Mellquist, 57, who previously has been arrested but is … Find out how to read more online.

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