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Funds needed for firetruck restoration
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — In 1946, Frank Sinatra released his first album, Jackie Robinson made his professional baseball debut and Seagrave pumper firetrucks could be seen racing to fires, speeding past … Find out how to read more online.
Parents react to recent student deaths
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three young people have died since Christmas Eve. And that’s three too many, according to a group of concerned Englewood mothers who want to take action as quickly … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Champion her ‘dream come true’
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was a couple of hours before the steer show Friday night, and Alexis Burkett was busy grooming her steer, Slugger. In fact, the area behind the … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County commissioners won’t support new tax
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota County commissioners have no interest in levying another tax to pay for the care of the county’s mentally ill and homeless. “When they held their retreat … Find out how to read more online.
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Winter storm could dump up to 18 inches of snow on Cape Cod
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:26PM
BOSTON (AP) — A wind-driven winter storm brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and threatened to drop up to 18 inches of snow on southeastern Massachusetts on Monday. Motorists in New England were warned to be vigilant after a charter … read more.

Gwyneth Paltrow tearfully testifies against accused stalker
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:24PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow testified Monday in the trial of a man accused of stalking her, saying he wrote upsetting letters discussing her death and his intention to marry her and also sent her pornography and unsolicited gifts. … read more.

WWII vet begins journey to reunite with wartime girlfriend
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:22PM
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 93-year-old World War II veteran is embarking on a 10,500-mile journey to Australia to visit his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart. It will take Norwood Thomas, who boarded a plane Sunday from … read more.

Storm Imogen lashes Britain with wind, huge waves
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:20PM
LONDON (AP) — A winter storm with hurricane-force winds and huge waves battered Britain’s coastline Monday, cutting power to thousands and disrupting travel across the country. More than 15,000 homes were without power as Storm Imogen hit Ireland, Wales and … read more.

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‘Tiny House’ homeless community proposed for South Venice
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
VENICE — Thrift shop owner Marc Marois has a dream, and he’s hoping the wildly popular Tiny House Nation movement will help him achieve it. His idea: to build a small community of Tiny Nation transition homes in South Venice … Find out how to read more online.

Forbes: North Port MSA 12th in real estate value
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city has made yet another list that indicates real estate investment values can be found here. The North Port metropolitan statistical area placed 12 in Forbes magazine’s 2016 list of top 20 investment cities — one … Find out how to read more online.

Airport fuels area’s economic engine
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Airport finished up another banner year in 2015, setting a personal-best mark for the third consecutive year with 836,472 travelers and realizing new revenue records across the board. The local airport also is establishing … Find out how to read more online.

North Port Tire reopens as Antonelli Auto & Tire
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
Kathy Antonelli and her husband Pete have taken the reins of North Port Tire and put their own name on the restructured business. “My husband has actually worked here for eight years,” Antonelli said. “He quit in September, because we … Find out how to read more online.

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