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Christmas services planned at Englewood United Methodist Church
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:00AM
The Englewood United Methodist Church Sanctuary, 700 E. Dearborn St., will be decked with poinsettias for Sunday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve morning and evening worship. The day will start with … Find out how to read more online.
Prayer shawl ministry welcomes new volunteers
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:00AM
The North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, offers a prayer shawl mission to the community. Knitters and crocheters meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Drunken man hits sheriff’s vehicle
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested after drunkenly driving into a Sarasota County Sheriff’s vehicle while intoxicated, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports. Roberto Garcia, 18, of Immokalee, … Find out how to read more online.
Toddler recovering after fatal crash that killed mother
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:00AM
SOUTH VENICE — After two vehicles collided violently, ordinary people pulled over and ran toward the wreckage, desperately trying to save Shannon Anderson, her 3-year-old son, Dominic, and Stephen Poneleit. … Find out how to read more online.
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Donations, baked goods sought for kid’s shopping day
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — No local children should stress about not having enough money to buy gifts for their loved ones. Bobbi Sue Burton, founder of grassroots nonprofit Project Phoenix Resale Store in Englewood, solved the dilemma for any kid who only … Find out how to read more online.

Toys for Tots seeks volunteers to help distribute gifts in Charlotte County
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — More than 3,000 children are signed up for gifts from Toys for Tots. Now that most toys have been collected to match the children’s wishes, the Kiwanis Club needs help distributing them in Englewood, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.

Have you seen the lights?
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:00AM
Port Charlotte area • 3481 Catskill St. 40,000 lights synchronized to beautiful Christmas songs and a couple other cool favorites thrown in. Nearly all LED light display including a 20-foot tall mega tree, synchronized to music broadcast over your car … Find out how to read more online.

No progress in River Road discussions
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — When Sarasota County commissioners approved their federal legislative program Tuesday, River Road again became a focus of the conversation. River Road remains a priority at both the state and federal levels as the county seeks funding to … Find out how to read more online.

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AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — “Net neutrality” regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission passed a proposal … read more.

Health care companies, banks drive lower close for US stocks
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:19AM
Health care companies and banks drove U.S. stocks lower Thursday, pulling major indexes below their recent highs. The afternoon slide, which erased gains from earlier in the day, came on news that some Republican senators’ support for the GOP’s proposed … read more.

Florida Supreme Court tosses petition to block appointments
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court tossed out a petition Thursday that was attempting to stop Republican Gov. Rick Scott from appointing three Supreme Court justices on the day he leaves office. The court said it couldn’t rule on an … read more.

Wife to run for seat of Kentucky lawmaker who killed self
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:19AM
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The wife of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself after a sexual assault allegation surfaced this week defended her husband Thursday and said she will run for his seat because “these high-tech lynchings based on lies and … read more.

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