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It all starts with feathers and fur
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Miranda Pyard was there at the miracle of birth. At a 4-H day camp for young children last summer, the Charlotte High School sophomore lent her expertise … Find out how to read more online.
Festival draws artists from afar
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The 29th annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Arts Festival was a first-day hit. “There are so many vendors showing such good art in many different forms,” exclaimed … Find out how to read more online.
Hands up, smiles on!
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Fair got off to a fun, frenzied start Friday night. … Find out how to read more online.
Land-acquisition process in place
Sun  Feb 1 2015 08:30AM
Both Charlotte and Sarasota counties employ citizen advisory boards to evaluate properties for sensitive lands acquisition. Those committees were formed to provide a safeguard, and to thwart any potential for … Find out how to read more online.
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Militants lose in Kobani
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News … read more.

Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man. The video, released on militant websites and … read more.

Up to foot of snow possible for Midwest, Northeast
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
(AP) — A storm gathering steam over the southern Rockies is expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and perhaps even more on Boston, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it … read more.

Civilians flee east Ukraine fighting
Sun  Feb 1 2015 01:19AM
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be … read more.

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Third fired prison guard back at work
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Another prison worker who appealed his firing related to the death of an inmate is now back on the job. The state Department of Corrections confirmed Correctional Officer Mestely Saintervil returned to work Friday at … Find out how to read more online.

Muscle Car City prepares for move
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City is gearing up for a big move this summer, and his new neighbors couldn’t be more revved up. “It’s a blessing to have him here,” said Kim Honore, manager at the AnimaLuvrs … Find out how to read more online.

County shoots down Gulf Cove cul-de-sac rumor
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
GULF COVE — Grumblings that cul-de-sacs in Gulf Cove could be ripped out prompted Joanna Dearborn to go to a community meeting, only to find it was canceled by Charlotte County. So, the 30-year Gulf Cove resident ended up having … Find out how to read more online.

More cheating probed in North Port
Fri  Jan 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Fire Chief Bill Taaffe has declined to comment on allegations of cheating in an investigation into three fire employees — two of whom resigned Wednesday — and an unauthorized “study guide” for a test given … Find out how to read more online.

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