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Tern Bay development stuck in time
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:52PM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Purple Emperor Way looks like any other ornately titled street in an exclusive subdivision. Fancy cars in the driveways, flowerbeds blooming with color and flags … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities making a comeback
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:52PM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners discuss city fees, business tax
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — In a workshop Friday morning, North Port commissioners were presented with changes to citywide fees they requested for the upcoming 2015-16 fiscal year. City Finance Director and … Find out how to read more online.
Longtime Lion Bill Nurse dies
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Bill Nurse, 86, a 48-year member of the North Port Lions Club, has died. Nurse was operated on in December 2014 for cancer of the jaw, but … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Funding firestorm
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE — Gov. Rick Scott is comparing the Obama administration to the Sopranos and accusing the president of not caring for low-income families, even as the Republican governor refuses to expand Medicaid insurance to more than 800,000 low-income families. … read more.

Greek talks shake stock markets
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Fear that Greece could default and abandon the euro is rattling global financial markets. News that negotiations between Greece and its international lenders are making little progress sent European stock markets down sharply on Friday, and … read more.

Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a “ratification of the status quo.” The … read more.

Adventurous raccoon makes 58-story climb up Toronto crane
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
TORONTO (AP) — A death-defying raccoon has caused a sensation in Toronto for climbing a crane about 698 feet up a downtown skyscraper. Social media was a-buzz with a photo of the furry adventurer peering from between the metallic rungs … read more.

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Report: Deputies bag nuisance mall-goer
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A man who urinated near a kiosk at the mall may have claimed he was a “king,” but the deputy who arrested him came off as the real community hero. The Port Charlotte Town Center called the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

Community quietly remembers Peeples
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although Vernon Peeples was passionate as a politician and historian, those who knew him well said he was a quiet man who kept to himself. As such, his funeral Wednesday afternoon was a low-key affair. There was … Find out how to read more online.

SCF Model UN team ‘Outstanding’
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
Members of State College of Florida’s Model United Nations team — including two from North Port — have reason to be proud after earning top honors at a recent conference. For the first time in school history, the team won … Find out how to read more online.

Report: Woman, 80, fled from cops
Wed  Apr 15 2015 11:52AM
NORTH PORT to PORT CHARLOTTE — An 80-year-old woman was arrested after the North Port Police Department accused her of driving under the influence and fleeing from the cops. A police officer Saturday afternoon was checking out the area of … Find out how to read more online.

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