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North Port electronic sign ordinance options coming
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The City Commission likely will consider two options for an electronic sign ordinance, and one will be set in place in the coming weeks. Commissioners tweaked the … Find out how to read more online.
US 41 widening begins
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Mooring not on Charlotte’s horizon — for now
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners want to delve in a bit deeper before they consider establishing a designated mooring field in Lemon Bay or elsewhere. Commissioners, however, want to do … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County sees crime drop in 2014
Thu  Jan 29 2015 03:15PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Crime in unincorporated Sarasota County fell nearly 10 percent overall in 2014 compared to the previous year, Sheriff Tom Knight reported Wednesday. Major crimes — known as part … Find out how to read more online.
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NASA remembering 17 astronauts killed in the line of duty
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth. For Robert “Hoot” Gibson, it’s a time to … read more.

A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — For all the danger posed to Florida’s Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there’s one thing researchers don’t want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory. The … read more.

Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear
Thu  Jan 29 2015 10:19PM
SEATTLE (AP) — For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades. They say the orca … read more.

Survivalist pleads not guilty in ambush killing
Fri  Jan 30 2015 01:19AM
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for … read more.

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SCOPE: Youth bring new voice
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — About 20 of the 30 residents that participated in the SCOPE Community Report Card meeting Tuesday evening were North Port High School students from Flint Shoop’s sophomore-level English class. Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence, a nonprofit … Find out how to read more online.

Two area prescribed burns today; large smoke columns will likely be visible
Wed  Jan 28 2015 11:52AM
NORTH PORT — Rangers from the Florida Forest Service will be conducting a 200-acre prescribed burn today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, on the south end of the Myakka State Forest. Also, staff from Sarasota County Fire Department & Natural Resources will … Find out how to read more online.

Residents get heated over gun law
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:31AM
NORTH PORT — Emotions ran high Monday night as city commissioners listened to a number of North Port Estates residents asking for safety restrictions concerning the firing of guns in their neighborhood. A lengthy and emotional discussion took place, prompting … Find out how to read more online.

A fight for survival that inspires
Wed  Jan 28 2015 08:32AM
On the evening of Nov. 19, 2009, Paul Rigatti of Port Charlotte was taking his one-hour bicycle ride that took him through North Port. As he approached the corner of Price and Raintree boulevards, he was struck from behind by … Find out how to read more online.

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