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North Port celebrates highest beam at new ballpark in ‘topping-off’ ceremony
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Major League Baseball is in the seventh-inning stretch of the 2018 season. And so is construction of the Atlanta Braves new spring training facility, where area residents … Find out how to read more online.
Islanders to help pay for sand
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County commissioners approved new taxing units Thursday to ensure Gulf beaches stay sandy. “We need to get this program going,” said Damian Ochab, president of the South … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Baby’s broken bones lead to her mom’s arrest
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte mother was arrested Thursday after investigators learned she allegedly caused head trauma and multiple fractures to her 4-month-old baby. The girl’s father brought the baby into the … Find out how to read more online.
Surprise inspection
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
One of Florida’s largest medical marijuana treatment centers had to stop processing cannabis this week because of a food-safety inspection deadline. The Miami Herald reported Thursday that Surterra halted its … Find out how to read more online.
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FPL replacing power poles on River Road
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — For months, electrical crews will line River Road replacing power poles — so expect delays at times. “The project in Englewood is part of our continued investments in making the energy grid stronger and more storm-resilient,” Richard Beltran, … Find out how to read more online.

Red tide bad for business
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Patsey Smith of Patsey’s Blue Crabs at the Fishery expects this time of year to be slow — but not as slow as it has been. She blames the persistent bouts of red tide. The Florida Fish and … Find out how to read more online.

Report: After home euthanasia failed, Englewood woman killed dog with crowbar
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
An Englewood woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating her dog to death with a crowbar in January. According to the affidavit from Charlotte County Animal Control, Tammy Lyn Ewing, 55, first attempted to euthanize her dog, Sophie, by overdosing … Find out how to read more online.

Community struggles to cope
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
NORTH PORT — Neighbors, volunteers and emergency responders were among those coping with the loss of Ava Natalia Perry a day after she was pronounced dead. Ava, a 20-month-old girl living in the 8500 block of Alam Avenue, was apparently … Find out how to read more online.

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State, National and World News
High court nominee gets started answering questions
Sat  Jul 21 2018 09:58PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court has given members of Congress a pile of material to help them start judging the judge. Judge Brett Kavanaugh responded to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that probes his … read more.

Volunteers provide food, care in wake of Iowa tornadoes
Sat  Jul 21 2018 09:38PM
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Businesses and volunteers are pitching in to provide more than cleanup in the wake of the destructive tornadoes that swept through three cities in central Iowa earlier this week. A meatpacking plant provided hot meals to … read more.

Pakistani court convicts ex-lawmaker for substance misuse
Sat  Jul 21 2018 09:38PM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A court convicted a former lawmaker and candidate for the national assembly Saturday giving him a life sentence for the misuse of a controlled substance he obtained for his pharmaceutical company. Hanif Abbasi, a leader of the … read more.

Survivor says life vests not worn on boat that capsized
Sat  Jul 21 2018 09:39PM
BRANSON, Mo. —“Grab the baby!” Those were the last words Tia Coleman recalls her sister-in-law yelling before the tourist boat they were on sank into a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, including nine of Coleman’s family members. A huge wave … read more.

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