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It all starts with feathers and fur
Sat  Jan 31 2015 04:20PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Miranda Pyard was there at the miracle of birth. At a 4-H day camp for young children last summer, the Charlotte High School sophomore lent her expertise … Find out how to read more online.
Festival draws artists from afar
Sat  Jan 31 2015 04:16PM
ENGLEWOOD — The 29th annual Englewood Bank & Trust Invitational Arts Festival was a first-day hit. “There are so many vendors showing such good art in many different forms,” exclaimed … Find out how to read more online.
Hands up, smiles on!
Sat  Jan 31 2015 04:10PM
The Charlotte County Fair got off to a fun, frenzied start Friday night. … Find out how to read more online.
Land-acquisition process in place
Sat  Jan 31 2015 02:13PM
Both Charlotte and Sarasota counties employ citizen advisory boards to evaluate properties for sensitive lands acquisition. Those committees were formed to provide a safeguard, and to thwart any potential for … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks finish January on weak note
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year. All told, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3 percent in January, … read more.

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an … read more.

Milk does a body good? A look at the science
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to … read more.

Poet, songwriter Rod McKuen, dies at 81
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in … read more.

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Third fired prison guard back at work
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Another prison worker who appealed his firing related to the death of an inmate is now back on the job. The state Department of Corrections confirmed Correctional Officer Mestely Saintervil returned to work Friday at … Find out how to read more online.

Muscle Car City prepares for move
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City is gearing up for a big move this summer, and his new neighbors couldn’t be more revved up. “It’s a blessing to have him here,” said Kim Honore, manager at the AnimaLuvrs … Find out how to read more online.

County shoots down Gulf Cove cul-de-sac rumor
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
GULF COVE — Grumblings that cul-de-sacs in Gulf Cove could be ripped out prompted Joanna Dearborn to go to a community meeting, only to find it was canceled by Charlotte County. So, the 30-year Gulf Cove resident ended up having … Find out how to read more online.

More cheating probed in North Port
Fri  Jan 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Fire Chief Bill Taaffe has declined to comment on allegations of cheating in an investigation into three fire employees — two of whom resigned Wednesday — and an unauthorized “study guide” for a test given … Find out how to read more online.

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