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City officials, FDEP monitor potential containment risk
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — While the Florida Department of Environmental Protection continues to oversee the recent tanker crash and fuel spill on Interstate 75, North Port is taking additional steps to … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Distracted driving leads to crash, entrapped driver
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A wreck along Sumter Boulevard on Wednesday morning was caused by distracted driving, authorities said. The North Port Police Department and EMS responded to the call around … Find out how to read more online.
YMCA pool remains closed
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port YMCA pool will be closed the remainder of the week, according to officials. The pool, which is at a standalone location at 14279 Tamiami … Find out how to read more online.
Victim of Saturday house fire ID’d
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Officials have given the victim’s name, but the official cause of the house fire in Harbor Cove was still unknown as of Wednesday afternoon. Ann Dohn, 78, … Find out how to read more online.
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Pies raise $6,000 for Links2Success
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
For the third year in a row, Links2Success participated in the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Giving Challenge. The online fundraising campaign lasted exactly 24 hours. The Giving Challenge is an initiative that strives to spotlight non-profit organizations and demonstrate … read more.

Red tide kills scores of fish in Sarasota County
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:26PM
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a red tide in the Gulf of Mexico is to blame for dead fish littering beaches and causing a foul stench at a popular beach along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports … read more.

Florida primaries eyed: Representation of few, or the many?
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:24PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It took just 14,496 votes to win his closed Democratic primary for one of Florida’s 27 congressional seats. Now Darren Soto is virtually assured of going to Capitol Hill, unlikely to face a strong Republican challenge … read more.

Shooting sows terror at Washington mall; shooter on loose
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:24PM
BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday night at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy’s Department Store. By the time … read more.

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Red tide algae still lingering on Manasota Key
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County sent out work crews Wednesday and started to clean dead fish from the shoreline of the public Englewood Beach. The toxic red tide algae continues to plague Manasota Key beaches, and dead fish have started showing … Find out how to read more online.

Students gather for prayer
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
Students from across the region gathered for See You At The Pole, a global day of student prayer, before the start of school on Wednesday. An event at Port Charlotte High was made possible by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, … Find out how to read more online.

Skyrocketing insurance rates get ‘F’ from school employees
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Charlotte school employees, already upset due to comparatively low wages and a lack of raises, say a proposal that includes skyrocketing insurance rates for next year could push them over the edge. In one of the larger … Find out how to read more online.

School Board eyes employee pay referendum
Wed  Sep 28 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY - M.C. Heffner of Liberty Elementary School in Port Charlotte said she has to work three jobs as a teacher to pay the bills because the state doesn’t fund schools well enough. Sarasota County has a tax referendum … Find out how to read more online.

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