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Detectives stop meth shipped via FedEx, find more
Fri  Dec 19 2014 07:44PM
VENICE — An undercover operation that included a Sarasota County Sheriff’s detective dressed as a delivery man helped to net nearly 2 pounds of meth, along with nearly a pound … Find out how to read more online.
Christmas party to benefit children of prisoners
Fri  Dec 19 2014 06:55PM
NORTH PORT — Members of Awaken Church are helping children who have a parent in prison have a happy Christmas. Church members Mark and Shelly Mousty are also area coordinators … Find out how to read more online.
‘Shop with a Cop’ brings smiles to kids, police
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:01PM
NORTH PORT — Karley Acker was on a mission. “I’m looking for an ‘Ever After High’ doll. I know it’s here. I’ve seen it,” the 6-year-old Glenallen Elementary first-grader said, … Find out how to read more online.
Area high school grades news mixed
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Grades for Charlotte County Public Schools’ three major high schools dipped, while two in Sarasota County leaped from a B to an A, according to a state report released Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
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Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a central Florida Walmart store so his friend could steal toys. The men — 30-year-old Tarus Scott and 27-year-old Genard Dupree — were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Legion of Honor medal winners honored
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Two 89-year-old veterans of World War II were honored at a reception after receiving France’s Legion of Honor medals. Herbert Brucker and Linwood “Nemo” Farmer received their medals in earlier and were guests of honor … read more.

SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week’s planned launch of an unmanned supply capsule until January. … read more.

Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana’s chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and leaders across … read more.

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Regional park on commission’s radar
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:01PM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners gave themselves a pat on the back this week for items they’ve checked off the city’s Strategic Plan, and zeroed in on projects to take on in the near future. Several hours of discussion Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.

Englewood launches ‘Waterfest’ plans
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Planning for the Englewood Beach Waterfest in November 2015 is on its way. The goal is for the Offshore Powerboat Association to stage powerboats qualifying and racing off Englewood Beach from Nov. 18-22. Unlike the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat … Find out how to read more online.

NPHS grad loses cancer battle
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Noah Montgomery, 18, who graduated from North Port High School earlier this year as a member of the class of 2014, has passed away after a battle with cancer. He died Dec. 10 as a result of Hodgkin’s … Find out how to read more online.

Big builders take aim at Charlotte
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:01PM
With three recent sales totaling 320 acres, Ashley Bloom of real estate broker Sperry Van Ness’ Sarasota office foresees a busy 2015 in the vacant residential real estate market. “We’re starting to see the regional and national homebuilders that had … Find out how to read more online.

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