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Land-acquisition process in place
Sat  Jan 31 2015 02:13PM
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.
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 … 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 … 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 … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks finish January on weak note
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year. All told, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3 percent in January, … read more.

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an … read more.

Milk does a body good? A look at the science
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to … read more.

Poet, songwriter Rod McKuen, dies at 81
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in … read more.

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More Local News
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.

Winners Circle
Sat  Jan 31 2015 02:20PM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners Jan. 25: Round 1: 1-Paul Martin, Henry Tropea; 2-Harriet Ratinski, Dyane Bouton; 3-Wally Wallace, Alan Ogle. Round 2: 1-Bruce Buzzell, Wally Wallace; 2-Christy Buzzell, Paul Martin; 3-Stan Smith, George Stern. Paul Martin … Find out how to read more online.

NPPD seeks graffiti suspect
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department is seeking the community’s help to find a suspect responsible for graffiti at the Cocoplum Village Shops that was found early in the morning on Jan. 19. Assistant Chief Tony Sirianni said … Find out how to read more online.

40 years for teacher, 50 for head start
Fri  Jan 30 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Teresa Scurry did not expect her Thursday morning to turn into a celebration of her 40 years at the Baker Center. “It’s phenomenal,” Scurry said after friends, family and co-workers surprised her with cake and flowers in … Find out how to read more online.

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