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Commission considers appointment to Seat 4
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:30AM
NORTH PORT — The City Commission Seat 4 spot may be filled come January. The North Port City Commission discussed the possibility of appointing a community member to fill the … Find out how to read more online.
Missing marathon runner found
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:30AM
A half marathon race that ended for many after three to five hours turned into a nearly 12-hour ordeal for a North Port woman. Deputies said Melissa A. Kitcher, 37, … Find out how to read more online.
New Sarasota District calendar starts schools earlier
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:28AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County public school students will begin the next school year earlier, allowing them to take midterm exams before winter break. The new start date for the 2017-2018 … Find out how to read more online.
Readers’ Choice ballots available
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:28AM
NORTH PORT — The 2016 Official Ballot for the North Port Sun Readers’ Choice are available in the Wednesday and Saturday editions of the North Port Sun. The annual awards … Find out how to read more online.
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Snow geese deaths from mine pit number in the thousands
Tue  Dec 6 2016 09:40PM
BUTTE, Mont. — Several thousand snow geese died after a snowstorm forced tens of thousands of the migratory birds to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine in Montana last week. But the toll … read more.

After 9 years, quick conviction in Times Square hotel murder
Tue  Dec 6 2016 09:40PM
NEW YORK — It took nearly a decade after a prostitute’s battered body was found under a Times Square budget hotel bed for the case to go to trial. But it took only about two hours for jurors to convict … read more.

Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting
Wed  Dec 7 2016 01:19AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Critically wounded, an Albuquerque mother struggled in vain to pull her three children to safety after a gunman shot them during a confrontation inside the family’s home in what police described Tuesday as a violent and senseless … read more.

Boy Scouts to relocate national museum to New Mexico
Mon  Dec 5 2016 09:09PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up more than a century of scouting history and taking it to the wilds … read more.

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Back Pack Angels to hold fundraiser
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:28AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children Inc., also known as the Back Pack Angels, will hold a fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the United Church of Christ. According to Joyce … Find out how to read more online.

Puppy mill ordinance faces legal challenge
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:28AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County’s attempt to prevent the existence of so-called “puppy mills” or “kitten factories” now faces a legal challenge from a local pet store. On Oct. 28, BKG Pets Inc., doing business as Petland Sarasota and Lamar Parker … Find out how to read more online.

Group collects bikes, toys for holiday
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:28AM
NORTH PORT — Michael and Betty Regan say philanthropy is something they’ve always been involved in — they donate food to the Food Bank every month, collect socks throughout the year and donate to Toys for Tots. They are part … Find out how to read more online.

Christmas Bazaar at St. Mary’s this week
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:26AM
NORTH PORT — The Christmas Bazaar at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church is Friday and Saturday. According to church officials, it “is always a colorful and entertaining event, but this year it will be more festive and exciting, both for … Find out how to read more online.

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