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Festival draws artists from afar
Sat  Jan 31 2015 05:05PM
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 05:04PM
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 06:41PM
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.
Punta Gorda air show canceled
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
This year would have marked the 35th year for the Florida International Air Show, but after losing its presenting sponsor and failing to get on a jet team’s schedule in … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Militants lose in Kobani
Sat  Jan 31 2015 07:33PM
BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News … read more.

Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
Sat  Jan 31 2015 07:16PM
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man. The video, released on militant websites and … read more.

Up to foot of snow possible for Midwest, Northeast
Sat  Jan 31 2015 07:16PM
(AP) — A storm gathering steam over the southern Rockies is expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and perhaps even more on Boston, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it … read more.

Civilians flee east Ukraine fighting
Sat  Jan 31 2015 07:16PM
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be … read more.

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Founding city resident dies
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
Renata Robbins Dewitt, 87, widow of David M. Robbins, one of North Port’s first city commissioners, and a member of one of the 10 founding families in the city, passed away last weekend. According to her daughter, Ronni Strejcek, Dewitt, … Find out how to read more online.

FHP seeks info on vehicle that struck man
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS — A 73-year-old New York man is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle that then fled the area Thursday night, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The report states Mosshekhay Koyenov of Queens, … Find out how to read more online.

Arts are big business in Sarasota County
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — More people attended arts and cultural events in Sarasota County in 2013-2014 than any other year on record, pumping millions of dollars into the county’s economy. Last fiscal year, more than 1.4 million people attended exhibits, concerts … Find out how to read more online.

Police seek graffiti suspect
Sat  Jan 31 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department is seeking the community’s help to find a suspect responsible for graffiti at the Cocoplum Village Shops that was found early in the morning on Jan. 19. Assistant Chief Tony Sirianni said … Find out how to read more online.

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