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SKY Academy of Englewood approved
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board approved the charter application of SKY Academy of Englewood Tuesday afternoon — the vote was 4-1, with member Shirley Brown dissenting — … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales remain solid
Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:08PM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:29PM
Charlotte boat race organizers are in deep
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners appeared ready Tuesday to keelhaul organizers of the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April. Race organizers may be able to bail themselves … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Crist, Scott do Debate 3
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
JACKSONVILLE — Florida’s leading candidates for governor clashed fiercely during their final debate on Tuesday night, sniping at each over everything from the economy and the minimum wage to the death penalty. Both Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Rick … read more.

Rally cry heard on Wall Street
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its best day of the year. Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results … read more.

Militants seize weapons cache meant for Kurds
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of … read more.

Unaffiliated voters in Florida say no to political parties
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
ORLANDO — Signing up new voters at high schools and job fairs, Carol Davis has noticed that the registrants, especially younger ones, are increasingly choosing neither the Democratic or Republican parties. They instead are picking “No Party Affiliation,” and they … read more.

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World champion chef joins BBBS fundraiser
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
A dedicated group of volunteers for Englewood’s Big Brothers Big Sisters is working to fill the hall at the Englewood Event Center for its signature fundraiser, Chefs Cooking For Kids. Festivities get underway at 6 p.m. on Saturday with 21 chefs from local restaurants … Find out how to read more online.

Larger voter turnout predicted
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent, said she expects at least a 60 percent voter turnout in the Nov. 4 general election — a higher percentage than the past. Dent said it’s all the “hot topics” … Find out how to read more online.

Students join third big wave of ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a toy. Then the Charlotte Academy teacher began strumming Beethoven’s “Fur … Find out how to read more online.

Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of North Port, is now facing a count of third-degree felony … Find out how to read more online.

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