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Residents get heated over gun law
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:18PM
NORTH PORT — Emotions ran high Monday night as city commissioners listened to a number of North Port Estates residents asking for safety restrictions concerning the firing of guns in … Find out how to read more online.
A fight for survival that inspires
Tue  Jan 27 2015 08:18PM
On the evening of Nov. 19, 2009, Paul Rigatti of Port Charlotte was taking his one-hour bicycle ride that took him through North Port. As he approached the corner of … Find out how to read more online.
Teacher charged with pawning school laptops
Tue  Jan 27 2015 06:15PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested an art teacher at Pine View School for reportedly pawning laptop computers belonging to the Sarasota County School Board. Adam M. … Find out how to read more online.
Deadline to apply for the 2015 Citizens Public Safety Academy is Friday
Tue  Jan 27 2015 06:23PM
NORTH PORT — The city is accepting applications for the 2015 Citizens Public Safety Academy, hosted by the North Port Police Department and North Port Fire Rescue, through Friday. “This is … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Northeast snowstorm looms
Tue  Jan 27 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK — More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that … read more.

Stocks eke out small gains after drifting most of the day
Tue  Jan 27 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks eked out tiny gains on Monday after spending much of the day drifting sideways. Major stock indexes barely budged early as investors took in stride the election of a Greek political party that has … read more.


Tue  Jan 27 2015 01:19AM
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs. Lacey Spears, 27, of … read more.

Florida cities lead in ‘underwater’ homes
Tue  Jan 27 2015 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Florida cities are still among the nation’s top metro areas in the share of “underwater” homes in their communities. A list compiled by the research firm RealtyTrac puts four Florida cities among the top housing markets with … read more.

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EcoFest returns to North Port next month
Tue  Jan 27 2015 04:53PM
NORTH PORT— The World Wellness EcoFest returns Feb. 7-8 to educate citizens and promote healthy living on a healthy planet. Previously held at Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa, the two-day EcoFest will now be held on the grounds around North Port … Find out how to read more online.


Tue  Jan 27 2015 07:41PM
FAIR SCHEDULE The Charlotte County Fair runs from Friday through Feb. 8 at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road (State Road 776), Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-629-4252, or visit http://thecharlottecountyfair.com. Regular gate admission • Adults, $7; students, … read more.

Walton Ranch hearing planned for North Port
Tue  Jan 27 2015 06:36PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners took one step closer Tuesday to designating Walton Ranch an Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program site. County staff were authorized to advertise a public hearing — expected to be held in North Port on … Find out how to read more online.

River Road remains a priority; funding is a problem
Tue  Jan 27 2015 03:54PM
River Road widening is a big deal. Nearly everyone around the table Monday morning agreed: The time to get a realistic plan and funding for River Road is now. During a joint meeting between the Charlotte County-Punta Gorda and the … Find out how to read more online.

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