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NPHS choral director retires
Wed  May 27 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Marti Koch, the North Port High School choral director, is retiring with the end of the school year. Originally from Minnesota, Koch, 65, has been at NPHS … Find out how to read more online.
Commission candidate: South County is ‘underserved’
Wed  May 27 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Fredd “Glossie” Atkins says he’s the perfect man to represent South County on the Sarasota County Commission. “South County is the area that is the most underrepresented … Find out how to read more online.
North Port honors the fallen
Tue  May 26 2015 02:50PM
NORTH PORT — It was Mary Day’s first time attending the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park in North Port on Monday, as she was recently appointed commander of AMVETS … Find out how to read more online.
Input sought for North Port parks master plan
Tue  May 26 2015 02:50PM
NORTH PORT — Residents of North Port soon will be able to voice their opinions about the future of the city’s parks and recreational opportunities during community outreach meetings and … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Taco Bell, Pizza Hut join trend: Artificial ingredients getting booted
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they’re getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing. Instead of “black pepper flavor,” … read more.

Black widow spider crawls out of bag of grapes, bites woman
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman has been bitten by a black widow spider her family says was hiding in a bag of grapes. WCAX-TV reports the 21-year-old Colchester resident spent a night at a hospital after being treated … read more.

Floodwaters deepen in Houston
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
HOUSTON — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation’s fourth-largest city. Meanwhile, the … read more.

US home prices rose at steady pace in March from year ago
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in March, pushed higher by a limited supply of houses for sale. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5 percent in March from 12 months earlier, … read more.

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Stepfather faces more child abuse charges
Wed  May 27 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A man who allegedly burned his 2-year-old stepson’s genitals with a hairdryer in 2014 has now been charged with two more acts of child abuse from 2013, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. On Friday, the … Find out how to read more online.

District taps Dionisio for Charlotte school chief
Wed  May 27 2015 01:00AM
Charlotte County School Board members named former Port Charlotte High School principal Steve Dionisio as the district’s next superintendent Tuesday. The announcement came at Tuesday’s School Board workshop, where the board directed School Board Attorney Mike McKinley to engage in … Find out how to read more online.

Venice home destroyed by fire; family seeks help
Wed  May 27 2015 01:00AM
VENICE — A Cambodian family, described by neighbors as hard-working, is without a home after a Venice structure fire on Saturday. The Sarasota County Fire Department, along with the Venice Fire Department, and 21 other units responded to a three-alarm … Find out how to read more online.

City in talks for historic preservation board
Wed  May 27 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — An ordinance is in the works to begin the process of establishing an archaeological and historic preservation committee to help aid in protecting city sites. The ordinance was addressed at Friday’s North Port City Commission workshop. A … Find out how to read more online.

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