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Two area prescribed burns today; large smoke columns will likely be visible
Wed  Jan 28 2015 11:52AM
NORTH PORT — Rangers from the Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 200-acre prescribed burn today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, on the south end of the Myakka State Forest. Also, … Find out how to read more online.
Residents get heated over gun law
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — Emotions ran high Monday night as city commissioners listened to a number of North Port Estates residents asking for safety restrictions concerning the firing of guns in … Find out how to read more online.
A fight for survival that inspires
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:32AM
On the evening of Nov. 19, 2009, Paul Rigatti of Port Charlotte was taking his one-hour bicycle ride that took him through North Port. As he approached the corner of … Find out how to read more online.
Teacher charged with pawning school laptops
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:32AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested an art teacher at Pine View School for reportedly pawning laptop computers belonging to the Sarasota County School Board. Adam M. … Find out how to read more online.
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Storm socks Boston
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 … read more.

Ukraine moves to shut rebels out of peace talks
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated. The move came after Russian … read more.

What credit downgrade means for Russia
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has seen its credit grade cut to “junk” status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power. The downgrade by Standard & … read more.

Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom
Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:19AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah’s death and take measure of the … read more.

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Deadline to apply for the 2015 Citizens Public Safety Academy is Friday
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — The city is accepting applications for the 2015 Citizens Public Safety Academy, hosted by the North Port Police Department and North Port Fire Rescue, through Friday. “This is an exceptional opportunity for residents to obtain first-hand knowledge about … Find out how to read more online.

EcoFest returns to North Port next month
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT— The World Wellness EcoFest returns Feb. 7-8 to educate citizens and promote healthy living on a healthy planet. Previously held at Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa, the two-day EcoFest will now be held on the grounds around North Port … Find out how to read more online.


Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:05PM
FAIR SCHEDULE The Charlotte County Fair runs from Friday through Feb. 8 at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road (State Road 776), Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-629-4252, or visit http://thecharlottecountyfair.com. Regular gate admission • Adults, $7; students, … read more.

Walton Ranch hearing planned for North Port
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners took one step closer Tuesday to designating Walton Ranch an Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program site. County staff were authorized to advertise a public hearing — expected to be held in North Port on … Find out how to read more online.

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