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Tourism numbers continue to climb
Fri  Mar 27 2015 08:30AM
As winter storms dumped feet of snow up north, another kind of tempest was brewing in Southwest Florida. “I call it GES,” Charlotte County Tourism Director Lorah Steiner said Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Convicted felons beat, rob man
Thu  Mar 26 2015 03:37PM
NORTH PORT — Two convicted felons were arrested Wednesday night for an earlier incident where they allegedly pistol-whipped a man and robbed him, according to a North Port police report. … Find out how to read more online.
Hazardous waste collection event Saturday in North Port
Thu  Mar 26 2015 11:22AM
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port and Sarasota County Hazardous Waste Management are hosting a community household hazardous waste collection event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at … Find out how to read more online.
A full circle
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
A hometown advantage means a lot in any sport. Just ask any professional ballplayer at the Charlotte Sports Park this spring. They’ll tell you it means a lot. The same … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Citrus growers want change in federal tax law for write-offs
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Citrus growers are looking for a change in federal tax law that would allow them immediately to write off the cost of planting new citrus groves. Under a proposed change in the law, growers wouldn’t have … read more.

House bill would give tax break to gun buyers, club members
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Guns, gun rights and gun owners are getting plenty of attention in the Florida Legislature this year, including what may be some nice tax breaks. A tax cut package proposed in the state House would exempt … read more.

Florida may promote 3rd graders who fail standardized tests
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid continued backlash over Florida’s testing regimen, the state may stop holding back third grade students who fail the state’s standardized tests. If Florida lawmakers agree to the change, it would mark a major departure from … read more.

AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
Fri  Mar 27 2015 01:19AM
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated … read more.

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Giving a voice to Holocaust victims
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Max Weisglass was 6 years old when he experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. He’s 78 now. He hasn’t forgotten. He sat in a conference room Tuesday at Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus. His wife of … Find out how to read more online.

IRS phone scam reported in area
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Local authorities want to warn citizens of a possible IRS phone scam targeting victims in the area. According to a press release from city of North Port spokesman Josh Taylor, a caller who claims to be from … Find out how to read more online.

Sign ordinance moves forward
Wed  Mar 25 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Despite a resident’s ongoing opposition to the long-debated electronic sign ordinance, North Port city commissioners decided it was time to get it going. In a number of previous workshops, Pete Peterson has been vocal about the progression … Find out how to read more online.

Friends group forming for new library
Tue  Mar 24 2015 05:02PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Library is holding a meeting today for those interested in joining a new group to benefit the second county library planned for the city. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., those interested in forming … Find out how to read more online.

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