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Arcadia Fall Rodeo ends long run at historic arena
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
An Arcadia grand-daddy seemed a bit sad on Saturday. While lively in spirit under a cooler October sun, the Arcadia Fall Rodeo this weekend is the last at the historic … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rates descend to historic lows
Sun  Oct 22 2017 10:18AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Already low unemployment numbers took a steep dive in September across the region, falling to their lowest level in a decade. In Charlotte County, the jobless rate … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
‘Secrets of the Cemetery’ Just in time for Halloween, Charlie Bush, one-time custodian for the Lemon Bay Cemetery in Englewood, will share some little-known information about this historic burial ground. … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Woman arrested with fake cash, others charged
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Port Charlotte woman was arrested this week with hundreds of counterfeit bills and the tools to make more, along with drugs. Two other men from Port … Find out how to read more online.
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Sarasota County set to begin Irma review
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — When it comes to getting someone to lead the review of the county’s response to Hurricane Irma, Sarasota County is bringing in the best. Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator and Florida Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate has … Find out how to read more online.

Area bands to meet for annual marching festival
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Woodland Middle School band director David Wing has a full plate, between classes and the Florida Bandmaster’s Association. Wing is the district chair for the Florida Bandmaster’s Association, in District 11. District 11 covers Charlotte, Sarasota, DeSoto, … Find out how to read more online.

Fishery redevelopment draws public interest
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Attorney Robert Berntsson expected public interest in his client’s redevelopment plans for the 20-acre Fishery complex in Placida. Berntsson thought people would meander in and out of The Fishery restaurant Wednesday afternoon to see what’s being proposed. What … Find out how to read more online.

Sales tax projects, revenues accelerating
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Sales tax projects, and the revenue needed to pay for them, are coming to fruition at a brisk pace. Through September, the county has collected 21 percent more revenue than projected since the 2014 sales tax program was … Find out how to read more online.

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Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
Sat  Oct 21 2017 01:19AM
NEW DELHI — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria … read more.

Q&A on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax system
Sat  Oct 21 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Divided Republicans in Congress are tackling an ambitious overhaul of the nation’s tax system that would deeply cut levies for corporations and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans. Despite controlling Congress and the White House, … read more.

US stocks end higher
Sat  Oct 21 2017 01:19AM
Wall Street capped a week with no shortage of milestones with a few more Friday. U.S. stocks closed modestly higher, lifting the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its fifth record close in a row. The Dow Jones industrial average, … read more.

Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack
Sat  Oct 21 2017 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL — A spacewalking astronaut successfully replaced a blurry camera outside the International Space Station on Friday, but had to contend with a balky jetpack and a frayed safety tether. Both jetpacks and safety ties are crucial for saving … read more.

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