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Area high school grades news mixed
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:00AM
Grades for Charlotte County Public Schools’ three major high schools dipped, while two in Sarasota County leaped from a B to an A, according to a state report released Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood launches ‘Waterfest’ plans
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Planning for the Englewood Beach Waterfest in November 2015 is on its way. The goal is for the Offshore Powerboat Association to stage powerboats qualifying and racing off … Find out how to read more online.
NPHS grad loses cancer battle
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Noah Montgomery, 18, who graduated from North Port High School earlier this year as a member of the class of 2014, has passed away after a battle … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:00AM
Although it’s highly unlikely to see a White Christmas in Southwest Florida, meteorologist Robert Garcia with the National Weather Service said he and his colleagues “never rule it out.” While … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a central Florida Walmart store so his friend could steal toys. The men — 30-year-old Tarus Scott and 27-year-old Genard Dupree — were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Legion of Honor medal winners honored
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Two 89-year-old veterans of World War II were honored at a reception after receiving France’s Legion of Honor medals. Herbert Brucker and Linwood “Nemo” Farmer received their medals in earlier and were guests of honor … read more.

SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week’s planned launch of an unmanned supply capsule until January. … read more.

Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana’s chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and leaders across … read more.

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Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor to a thriving waterfront attraction that draws an estimated 1 … Find out how to read more online.

WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to a woman who since had passed away, and together, they … Find out how to read more online.

Boynton is ‘Outstanding’ USF grad
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Sunday, a longtime dream of Stephanie Boynton came true: She graduated from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Not only did she graduate with an overall GPA of … Find out how to read more online.

New North Port football, cheer association seeks supporters
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Cody believes there is room for more youth football and cheerleading in North Port. Cody, who coached Pop Warner and North Port Huskys football locally for over 20 years, is organizing the new Eagles Athletic Association Inc., … Find out how to read more online.

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