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Community support vital
Wed  Mar 29 2017 08:30AM
Vernon Scott made no bones about it. “This is the best job I’ve ever had,” said the new chef at Charlotte County Meals on Wheels. “It’s personally rewarding to do … Find out how to read more online.
Nickels and dimes for the Legacy Trail
Thu  Mar 30 2017 01:00AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County commissioners began dipping their fingers in the piggy bank Wednesday looking for the funds to purchase an extension to the Legacy Trail. During the commission’s second … Find out how to read more online.
North Port commission holds items, addresses midnight meetings
Thu  Mar 30 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port commissioners know their meetings have been running long. Since three of the four commissioners took office in November, a bulk of the meetings have … Find out how to read more online.
Contention over North Port grant ends in compromise
Thu  Mar 30 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — After a heated discussion from the North Port City Commission and community members, the city will be moving forward to revitalize aging neighborhoods. The commission met Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
EPA denies petition to ban pesticide used on crops
Wed  Mar 29 2017 11:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban a common pesticide used on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops, reversing a proposal by the Obama administration to revoke … read more.

Indonesia man swallowed by python, villagers and reports say
Wed  Mar 29 2017 11:20PM
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A 25-year-old Indonesian man has been swallowed whole by a python on the island of Sulawesi, villagers and news reports said. A six-minute video on the website of the Tribun Timur publication shows villagers slicing open … read more.

Lawsuit: Sword blade flew from handle, pierced teen’s head
Wed  Mar 29 2017 11:20PM
ATLANTA (AP) — The parents of a Kentucky teenager say the steel blade of a samurai sword broke off its handle and flew in the air as he played with friends, piercing the boy’s forehead and leaving him in a … read more.

Ban sought for cyanide trap that hurt Idaho boy, killed dog
Wed  Mar 29 2017 11:20PM
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Environmental groups have petitioned the U.S. Agriculture Department to ban its use of cyanide-ejecting devices aimed at killing coyotes after one went off near a boy and his dog earlier this month, killing the dog. The … read more.

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New parking solution implemented for Englewood Beach
Thu  Mar 30 2017 01:00AM
MANASOTA KEY — Parking at or near Englewood Beach can be a nightmare this time of year. It seems like everyone wants to be at the beach or one of the adjacent restaurants, especially at lunchtime, happy hour, dinner time … Find out how to read more online.

Check out the wildlife at Octagon
Thu  Mar 30 2017 01:00AM
Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary held a community appreciation day Sunday in Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.

Police chief supporters’ fundraising exceeds average cost of defense
Thu  Mar 30 2017 01:00AM
Supporters of Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis continue to raise money for his legal fees to fight the second-degree misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence. Lewis was charged along with former officer Lee Coel for the death of Mary Knowlton … Find out how to read more online.

Which county is healthiest in Southwest Florida?
Thu  Mar 30 2017 01:00AM
The 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps have been released. A collaboration between Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the rankings, in their eighth year, are a snapshot of the health of counties across the … Find out how to read more online.

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