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Regnier named new Sarasota County fire chief
Thu  May 28 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– The Sarasota County Fire Department has a new leader, as Michael Regnier has received a conditional offer to become its new fire chief, following a nationwide search. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port nod pushes Thomas Ranch project forward
Thu  May 28 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Unanimous “yes” votes at Tuesday’s North Port City Commission meeting led to more annexation and rezoning approvals for the planned Thomas Ranch housing and commercial development. The … Find out how to read more online.
Wrongful death suit filed over inmate’s suicide
Thu  May 28 2015 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The family of a mentally ill man who killed himself while incarcerated in the local jail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Convicted felon trips, loses gun
Wed  May 27 2015 04:14PM
SOUTH VENICE — A 24-year-old convicted felon was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night after he tripped, fell and lost the gun he was carrying while running … Find out how to read more online.
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Hurricane predictions breeze in: Feds expect light season
Wed  May 27 2015 09:46PM
By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With six to 11 named storms predicted, this year’s hurricane season may be slower than average — but officials say that’s no reason for Atlantic and Gulf coast residents to rest … read more.

US stocks recover from slump the day before
Thu  May 28 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended higher Wednesday, recovering most of their losses from the day before, as Greece appeared closer to resolving its latest debt issues. However, the overall market remains directionless as most investors are focused on figuring … read more.

Storm death toll rises to 19
Thu  May 28 2015 01:19AM
HOUSTON — Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 19 people dead and a dozen others missing. More rain fell … read more.

Rick Santorum announces second White House run
Thu  May 28 2015 01:19AM
CABOT, Pa. (AP) — Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence — and focus on social issues — … read more.

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Wall donation honors fallen ‘brother’
Thu  May 28 2015 01:00AM
GULF COVE — Art and Maureen Cronk donated $5,000 to see the construction of a permanent Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda. But the Gulf Cove couple didn’t make the donation for themselves. They want Marine Pfc. Larry … Find out how to read more online.

Program teaches teens to sail
Thu  May 28 2015 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Demetrius Brown, 15, slides into a blue life jacket and snaps shut the black buckles along the front, just before gliding his small sailboat into the tranquil waters of Charlotte Harbor; a slight breeze strokes the water. … Find out how to read more online.

Firefighter to be remembered Saturday
Wed  May 27 2015 01:06PM
ENGLEWOOD — As children, brothers Rick and Brian Gilbert tied a sheet to each ankle and wrist and thought they could jump off a deck and soar like flying squirrels. The pair watched kung fu movies. They went snowboarding and … Find out how to read more online.

NPHS choral director retires
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Marti Koch, the North Port High School choral director, is retiring with the end of the school year. Originally from Minnesota, Koch, 65, has been at NPHS since it opened in 2001. Prior to that, she taught … Find out how to read more online.

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