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PGPD: Armed robber strikes local bank
Sat  Jul 26 2014 11:18AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities were investigating a suspected armed robbery at a local bank late Friday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., a white man wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses walked … Find out how to read more online.
Tax holiday eases back-to-school pinch
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:58AM
Parents of North Port students can catch a break when they go to buy back-to-school clothes during the upcoming sales tax holiday. From Friday through Aug. 3, merchants won’t collect … Find out how to read more online.
Construction powers forward
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — County officials have determined that the incident in which a crane fell onto some power lines alongside U.S. 41 Thursday afternoon was just an accident, and the micro-tunneling … Find out how to read more online.
City raises max millage
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners set the not-to-exceed millage for the 2014-2015 fiscal year higher than the current tax rate in a 4-1 vote in a meeting Thursday night, with Linda … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Worries drag stocks lower
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week. Two major U.S. companies — the retail giant Amazon … read more.

Ukraine tensions build
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. … read more.

Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
JERUSALEM — Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its … read more.

Japanese on evolution of ‘Godzilla’
Sat  Jul 26 2014 01:19AM
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fans want it known: The radiation- breathing, skyscraper- stomping monster they call “Gojira” was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago. No matter its evolution in Hollywood over the decades, the Godzilla creature began as … read more.

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Mayor post to see $1.2K boost
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — With the salaries of all five city commissioners on the table during a Friday workshop, the group decided that this coming fiscal year, their compensation should remain the same — with the exception of the board member holding … Find out how to read more online.

Allan Lane let go
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Economic Development Division Manager Allan Lane will no longer serve the city when the fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. “It’s been a good run,” Lane told the Sun late Friday afternoon. “It wasn’t a total shock. Me and … Find out how to read more online.

City gives nod to 3 percent employee raise
Fri  Jul 25 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — City employees who haven’t received a raise in several years can expect a 3 percent wage increase for the upcoming fiscal year, commissioners agreed in a Thursday budget workshop. The proposed raises will go into effect for fiscal year 2014-2015 beginning … Find out how to read more online.

9-year-old calls in vehicle fire
Sat  Jul 26 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — In the eyes of the Englewood firefighters, Wesley Hottendorf is a hero. The 9-year-old boy made the 911 call Friday morning that alerted dispatchers to a vehicle fire on West Dearborn Street. “It’s just refreshing to see a … Find out how to read more online.

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