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Lemon Bay Fest Photo Contest final-week winners
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The final week of the Lemon Bay Photo Contest, sponsored by Englewood Camera Club, is complete. More than 1,000 images were reviewed by three judges over the past … Find out how to read more online.
Less growth, water use in Charlotte’s future
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — In coming up with their estimated water demands for the next 20 years, Charlotte officials had a difficult time understanding county population projections that were used as the … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota Key activist Carroll dies
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Betty Sue Carroll has always been a strong and active voice on the issues facing South Manasota Key. That voice is now silent. Carroll, after fighting what her … Find out how to read more online.
Reverse mortgages could signal return to home defaults
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
It was back in October when Kristen Conti, a broker-owner of Golf Breeze Realty in Port Charlotte, received special training on reverse mortgages from Fannie Mae. As a direct broker … Find out how to read more online.
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Scott wants Lake Okeechobee waters diverted from coasts
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say they’re looking “anywhere that can hold water” to relieve high water levels in Lake Okeechobee and Florida’s Everglades. The El Niño weather phenomenon has drenched South Florida during what’s normally the dry season. Rains over … read more.

Florida Legislature divided over budget and tax cuts
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Separated by nearly $1 billion in spending and differences over everything from tax cuts to health care spending, the Florida Legislature has less than a month left in its regular session to reach a deal on a new … read more.

House signs off on tax cuts, sales tax holidays
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida House has passed a sweeping tax cut package that could give Floridians several tax holidays. The House approved the bill by a 96-17 vote. It heads next to the Senate, but Senate Republicans so far … read more.

Florida House passes nearly $80 billion budget
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida House has passed a nearly $80 billion budget after a lengthy partisan debate. The House on Thursday voted 85-29 for the spending bill that includes money for schools, health care and environmental programs. The Senate is … read more.

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Lemon Bay women carry on Cracker traditions
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Terri Powell, along with sisters-in-law Ginny and Mary Ellen McLeod, carefully stitched colorful palm trees, starfish and other representations of beach life onto aqua-blue patches of cloth at an open house of the Lemon Bay Woman’s Club Monday … Find out how to read more online.

North Port educator teacher of year finalist
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — After a surprise ceremony Tuesday in which Woodland Middle School technology teacher Kristina Beecher was named Sarasota County Middle School Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the overall district prize, Woodland principal Cindy Hall told … Find out how to read more online.

King’s defense continues to appeal death sentence
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
An attorney for Michael King says the convicted killer should not be sentenced to death and instead should spend his life in prison. King’s attorney Maria Perinetti recently told Florida Supreme Court justices King’s death penalty case isn’t valid because … Find out how to read more online.

Investigation into death of prison inmate continues
Wed  Feb 10 2016 02:15PM
PUNTA GORDA — There are no answers yet in the death two weeks ago of Reginald Davis, a 34-year-old inmate at Charlotte Correctional Institution. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is still investigating the manner and cause of his death … Find out how to read more online.

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