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Residents’ feedback welcome for Walton Ranch plan
Wed  Nov 26 2014 03:06PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — County officials have drafted a plan of how to best use Walton Ranch, a 3,729-acre site just north of North Port, and residents are being asked to … Find out how to read more online.
County widens utilities audit
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is expanding the outside audit that will look into the operations of the utilities department. On Tuesday, commissioners unanimously agreed to add two risk areas to … Find out how to read more online.
Manatees moving into winter waters
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
With the onset of cold fronts, manatees are heading to their warm water havens. Manatees seek out creeks, canals and other warm waters in Lemon Bay, the Myakka River, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Schools employee charged with computer crimes
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota County School District employee has been charged with allegedly causing nearly three days of disruptions to district computer systems last month. Michael A. Levanti, 28, … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Grand jury focused on fatal ‘tussle’
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what … read more.

Ferguson simmers
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Attorneys for Michael Brown’s family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, while the officer insisted in his first public statements that he could not have done anything … read more.

Emotion, evidence spur anger in Ferguson
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
(AP) — Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. What was behind the wave of emotion? Why do so many refuse to accept … read more.

‘Wizard of Oz’ lion costume fetches $3M
Wed  Nov 26 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” and the piano from the movie “Casablanca” each sold for over $3 million at a New York City auction. They were among Hollywood memorabilia offered … read more.

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Retailers, shoppers prep for Thanksgiving sales
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
Getting in line at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day for a wristband for a $115 television or a $399 PlayStation at Walmart may be way too late. Although wristbands will be distributed for the doorbuster sale items beginning at 6 p.m., … Find out how to read more online.

Residents encouraged to donate to ‘12 Days of Giving’
Wed  Nov 26 2014 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — The city is sponsoring its eighth annual “12 Days of Giving,” which kicks off Monday and runs through Dec. 12. Residents, organizations and businesses are encouraged to join North Port employees as they give back to the … Find out how to read more online.

YMCA to move to storefront next month
Tue  Nov 25 2014 12:15PM
NORTH PORT — The new North Port Family YMCA under construction in the Winn-Dixie plaza is set to open in mid-December. The fitness center, currently operating at its Dallas White Park location, will move into the space formerly occupied as … Find out how to read more online.

Police: Female high school student organized prostitution ring
Tue  Nov 25 2014 12:15PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two people were charged Friday, including a 17-year-old girl, in connection with a prostitution ring that used underage girls from area high schools, according to the Venice Police Department. Sarasota High School student Alexa Nicole De Armas, … Find out how to read more online.

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