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Punta Gorda approves special assessments
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda City Council unanimously approved resolutions for special assessments on the Punta Gorda Isles Bird Section canal cut-through and the Burnt Store Isles electric undergrounding study — both … Find out how to read more online.
Man sentenced to life for Bonhomme murder
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
Dwayne Johnson insisted on his innocence during his sentencing for the murder of Kello Bon-homme during a drug deal two years ago, even when faced by Bon-homme’s family asking how … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Sara Ruthann Hughes, 21, of Tallahassee. Charges: two counts of violation of probation. Bond: none. • Michael Roy Millhoff Jr., … Find out how to read more online.
Wedding could tie up Oak St.
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s note: The first item in this article occurred while the Council was addressing the consent agenda, and Susan Coker was still mayor. After the consent agenda was approved, Judy … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Record number of manatees killed in 2016 by boats
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A record number of manatees were killed in 2016 by boat strikes, according to state wildlife data, but overall the number of the beloved sea cows increased in Florida this year. Data posted by the Florida Fish … read more.

Florida lost construction, gained health care jobs in recovery
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida gained more wealthy residents but also more families living below the poverty line between 2010 and 2015 when the Sunshine State participated in an economic recovery from a devastating housing crash and the worst recession in … read more.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:48PM
NEW YORK — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, … read more.

Florida to state workers: You can’t give at the office now
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following negative publicity about administrative costs, as well as a critical audit, the administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it had suspended a program that allowed state workers to make charitable donations through their paychecks. … read more.

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Retreat offers glimpse into 2017
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — It’s officially called a retreat, but actually serves as an organizational meeting for the Sarasota County Commissioners as they move into the new year. On Friday morning, commissioners will meet for their annual retreat, but not in their … Find out how to read more online.

Region remembers Pearl Harbor
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The 75th anniversary of the attacks at Pearl Harbor was remembered Wednesday morning in North Port. The event is hosted annually on Dec. 7 in an effort to keep alive the memory of those who died as … Find out how to read more online.

City in need of food donations
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — In the season of giving, the city is encouraging residents to open their hearts and help their less fortunate neighbors through food and toiletry donations. North Port’s annual 12 Days of Giving Food and Toy drive is … Find out how to read more online.

Veterans remember Pearl Harbor
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
Members of the American Legion Post 113 and VFW Post 10476, both in Rotonda, held a joint Pear Harbor Commemoration Ceremony Wednesday at Marina at Rotonda West. … Find out how to read more online.

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