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Donations sought to restore firefighting relic
Sun  Jan 25 2015 10:42AM
NORTH PORT—  Richard Yarnall, a North Port firefighter and commander of the North Port Honor Guard, is heading up an effort to raise $25,000 to restore a 1946 Seagrave Pumper … Find out how to read more online.
Driver seriously injured in I-75 rollover
Sun  Jan 25 2015 10:16AM
NORTH PORT — A 47-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday when his SUV rolled over several times on Interstate 75, throwing him from the vehicle. According to a Florida Highway … Find out how to read more online.
Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would … Find out how to read more online.
Area jobless rates recede
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
As an improving economy rolls on, jobless numbers across the region are following suit, dropping significantly in one month and over the past year. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Japan: Still working to free hostages after unverified video
Sat  Jan 24 2015 07:26PM
By MARI YAMAGUCHI and ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — A visibly shaken Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early Sunday that Japan was working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, calling a new online … read more.

Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive
Sat  Jan 24 2015 07:24PM
By PETER LEONARD Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz … read more.

Why the crisis in Yemen matters to Americans
Sun  Jan 25 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Yemen’s U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America’s ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country’s parliament will meet … read more.

Dignitaries head to Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah’s death
Sun  Jan 25 2015 01:19AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — World leaders and top dignitaries began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah, who died early Friday at age 90 after nearly two decades at the … read more.

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Committee: School district in good financial shape
Sun  Jan 25 2015 10:44AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School District is in a healthy financial situation and is using voted referendum money to effectively help students succeed, according to the district’s Financial Oversite Committee, which gave its annual report to the School … Find out how to read more online.

North Port reinstates impact fees
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Construction fees for builders will rise in North Port once a moratorium on city impact fees expires on Jan. 31. A unanimous vote in favor of taking no action on the two-year ordinance that halted the collection … Find out how to read more online.

NPHS Key Club holding jeans drive
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Beginning Tuesday, the North Port High School Key Club will begin collecting gently worn jeans to help the homeless. Members also hope to earn money for their school. According to NPHS Key Club president Lindsey Gill, the … Find out how to read more online.

Police: Animal blood found outside Health Dept.
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Blood found outside the Sarasota County Health Department building in North Port Friday morning closed the facility to clients while police investigated. North Port Police Capt. Chris Morales said Friday afternoon the blood was from an animal, … Find out how to read more online.

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