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Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 12:55AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor … Find out how to read more online.
WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Thu  Dec 18 2014 12:55AM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to … Find out how to read more online.
Boynton is ‘Outstanding’ USF grad
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Sunday, a longtime dream of Stephanie Boynton came true: She graduated from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. … Find out how to read more online.
New North Port football, cheer association seeks supporters
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Cody believes there is room for more youth football and cheerleading in North Port. Cody, who coached Pop Warner and North Port Huskys football locally for over … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Arctic Report: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:40PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says. In the spring and summer of 2014, Earth’s icy northern region lost more of its signature whiteness that reflects the sun’s heat. … read more.

Stocks take big daily leap
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:40PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A pledge from the Federal Reserve to remain “patient” when deciding when to lift interest rates gave the stock market its biggest gain in more than a year. Stocks rose from the open on Wednesday, led … read more.

US-Cuba cold war thaws
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:40PM
WASHINGTON — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate … read more.

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price hikes
Wed  Dec 17 2014 10:38PM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days. As the Russian … read more.

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Couple charged after toddlers found living in filth
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
VENICE — Wesley Benoit, 35, and Elizabeth Davis, 32, both of Briarwood Road, are each facing two counts of child neglect after authorities found their twin 2-year-old girls living in a filthy, feces-strewn home. According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.

A guide to holiday lights
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Bill Estler clicked a few times and suddenly, the large screen in front of his house came to life. As did the lights. As did the music: “Would you like to build a snowman?” As did the children belted in … Find out how to read more online.

NPPD to honor deceased K-9
Thu  Dec 18 2014 12:55AM
NORTH PORT — Friday morning, North Port police will hold a memorial service for K-9 Gino, a retired patrol dog who passed away this week. According to Assistant Chief Tony Sirianni, Gino, 11½, a Belgian Malinois, started with the NPPD … Find out how to read more online.

Huskys on winning track for future
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — It’s hard to imagine a youth football organization having a better year than the North Port Huskys did this season. The organization, which doesn’t have weight restrictions, just finished its fourth season and had an outstanding year … Find out how to read more online.

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