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Area high school grades news mixed
Thu  Dec 18 2014 07:52PM
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
Thu  Dec 18 2014 07:52PM
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.
Church reaches out to those feeling ‘blue’
Thu  Dec 18 2014 07:17PM
Darlene Plank won’t see her daughter Lisa on Christmas or New Year’s. The pair won’t celebrate or exchange gifts. Plank’s daughter is in prison in Homestead, Fla. “It makes the … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Thu  Dec 18 2014 05:30PM
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
Girl, 13, competent to stand trial in stabbing
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday. A … read more.

White House: ‘Sophisticated actor’ hacked Sony
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was carried out by a “sophisticated actor” with “malicious intent.” But spokesman Josh Earnest is declining to blame North Korea. Earnest says he doesn’t want to … read more.

Iraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Kurdish official in Iraq says the peshmerga fighters battling Islamic State militants have managed to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands from the Yazidi minority trapped there can flee. Masrur Barzani … read more.

Death penalty sought in Jewish site shootings
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty for a white supremacist from Missouri who is charged with killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced … 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.

Students shop with cops
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — “Do you know your grandfather’s shoe size?” Charlotte County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Cignarale asked 10-year-old Tyler Odom. “Yes, it’s a 10 and a half,” the Peace River Elementary School student said. “OK, then let’s get him some slippers,” … Find out how to read more online.

Morningside rezoning to be reconsidered
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A developer hopes to break the Sarasota County Planning Commission’s impasse Thursday. The developer, GBU Ventures LLC, hopes more buffering will sway the advisory commission to pass on its recommendation to Sarasota County commissioners for a residential development … Find out how to read more online.

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