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Bill Willis had extensive Army career before heading to Vietnam
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the first of two parts. Billy Willis was a command sergeant major, a 30-year man in the U.S. Army — a lifer. The 84-year-old retired … Find out how to read more online.
Beach it early to avoid holiday rain
Mon  Sep 1 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE— Beachgoers and grill masters should get the holiday fun started early Labor Day if they want to avoid those pesky afternoon Florida showers and downpours throughout the area … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer students seek careers in construction
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
In “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character, who just graduated from college, was told to shape his future around one word: “Plastics.” Barney Duffy has two words for high school graduates: … Find out how to read more online.
Locals react to gay marriage ruling
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
If someone had asked retired state attorney Erica Raffel a year ago if gay couples in Florida ever would enjoy the same right to marriage as straight couples in the … Find out how to read more online.
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F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran … read more.

Sinkhole that proved popular at Corvette Museum will be filled
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
(Reuters) — A sinkhole that swallowed eight cars inside the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky will be filled even though it has become a tourist attraction that sharply increased attendance and revenue, the museum’s board decided on Saturday. The board … read more.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops this year’s box office universe
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) — The “Guardians of the Galaxy” misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over the U.S. Labor Day weekend, soaring past fellow Marvel hero “Captain America” to become the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2014. “Guardians” rang … read more.

Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:42PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama’s comment on Thursday when … read more.

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Hot topic
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Area Fire Control District is fine tuning its budget and intends to propose slight hikes to its residential and commercial assessment rates. The fire district will hold a 5 p.m. public hearing Sept. 11 at the … Find out how to read more online.

After-school program seeks community support
Sat  Aug 30 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — In the Tiffany Square Shopping Plaza, just out of view on the corner of a corridor, there is an office building that is an oasis of relative quiet. Inside, a student is at work with a mentor on … Find out how to read more online.

Area attorney disbarred
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — A Sarasota attorney with North Port ties was disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court in July, after an investigation revealed a host of violations, including taking money for legal service he never performed, among others. Virgil L. … Find out how to read more online.

Governor visits Vineland
Fri  Aug 29 2014 08:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — “If you like lots of pizza and ice cream, and want to eat dinner with the President and First Lady once a year, you could be the governor of Florida,” Gov. Rick Scott told fifth-grade science students … Find out how to read more online.

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