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Puppy shot, owner seeks help
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The owner of an 8-month-old female puppy is asking for the community’s help in finding those responsible for shooting the dog Sunday morning, and also for help … Find out how to read more online.
Huskies roll in openers
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:00AM
The North Port Huskies had a successful spring season opening Saturday, winning three of four games and tying the other against host Lions in Tampa. The youth football organization, which … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota officials: Walton Ranch lands to open to public soon
Mon  Mar 30 2015 04:18PM
NORTH PORT — According to Sarasota County Parks and Recreation employees, the Walton Ranch tract, mostly composed of ranch land, is a big part of what North Port and the … Find out how to read more online.
North Port considers water, sewer expansion at Springs
Mon  Mar 30 2015 04:18PM
NORTH PORT — With a price tag that could climb to nearly $1 million, the city-owned Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa could see the extension of water and sewer lines … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
New rules on abortion could pass in Florida
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is considering several new measures to restrict abortions, including one with a strong chance of passage that calls for a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can undergo the procedure. That measure, House Bill 0633, … read more.

8 die when van plunges into Fla. canal
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
FORT PIERCE — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service. … read more.

Music festivals tell fans to leave selfie sticks at home
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can take your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re going to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The sticks are banned this year at the events in Indio, Calif., … read more.

Rhino rampages in Nepal city, killing 1, injuring several
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:19AM
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A wild rhino charged into a city in southern Nepal on Monday, killing a woman, injuring several others and chasing panicked people through the main market and a hospital, an official said. Attempts to force the … read more.

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$28K already raised for North Port Relay
Tue  Mar 31 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Last fall, when North Port Relay for Life organizers began planning for next month’s event, the goal was to have 30 teams sign up — and they’ve met it. So far, those 30 teams have already raised … Find out how to read more online.

State firm on health care funding stance
Mon  Mar 30 2015 12:37PM
Despite letters explaining the local health department provides outstanding primary care services to Sarasota and Charlotte county residents, the Florida Surgeon General’s office claims the private sector might still do it better. Last week, Charlotte County commissioners received a response … Find out how to read more online.

Williams: Carriers were hazardous, even during peacetime
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
An aircraft carrier deck can be a dangerous place, especially at night, when the blackness is filled with the sounds of planes unseen — the whir of propellers, like a set of meat cleavers twirling, and jet engines racing in … Find out how to read more online.

Warm and mostly dry weather expected this week
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
Residents celebrating the upcoming holiday with Easter egg hunts or other outdoor activities aren’t likely to have any weather problems. “It looks like a nice spring week across all of West Central and Southwest Florida,” said Bryan Mroczka, meteorologist for … Find out how to read more online.

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