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WMU flight school reports low enrollment
Wed  Aug 23 2017 12:25AM
PUNTA GORDA — Officials at Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation approached the county’s airport authority asking for help boosting a key metric — enrollment. Russ Kavalhuna, the university’s director … Find out how to read more online.
Snake bites not uncommon in Florida
Wed  Aug 23 2017 12:25AM
NORTH PORT — Sandy and James Ruggerio are waiting on any news about their 9-year-old American Staffordshire terrier named Beast. Beast was bitten by an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake on Thursday … Find out how to read more online.
Investigation continues into Englewood shooting
Wed  Aug 23 2017 12:25AM
ENGLEWOOD — By Tuesday afternoon, neighbors impacted by the Sunday shooting in Grove City were glad to see the crime scene tape removed and detectives leave the area. “I will … Find out how to read more online.
Solutions sought for perilous intersection
Wed  Aug 23 2017 12:25AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — On June 13, a 52-year-old man was killed at the intersection of State Road 31 and Bermont Road following a three-vehicle collision involving a dump … Find out how to read more online.
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Airport Authority OKs infrastructure projects
Wed  Aug 23 2017 12:25AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County Airport Authority recently approved three initiatives aimed at expanding infrastructure to accommodate Allegiant Air’s growth at the Punta Gorda Airport. Allegiant, an ultra low-cost carrier, has purchased 12 new, 186-seat Airbus A320 airplanes. The airport … Find out how to read more online.

‘Once in a lifetime’ eclipse inspires stargazers
Tue  Aug 22 2017 06:00PM
PUNTA GORDA — Sean Malloy owes his existence to a total eclipse of the heart. The Punta Gorda man’s parents — U.S. Army captain father Patrick and German mother Margot — met during the July 9, 1945 solar eclipse near … Find out how to read more online.

Leadership Charlotte honors new Alumni Hall of Fame inductees
Wed  Aug 23 2017 12:25AM
The 6th Annual Leadership Charlotte Alumni Hall of Fame Awards luncheon was held Friday at the Isles Yacht Club. This year’s deserving recipients are the Rev. Bill Klossner, Linda Pizarro and Ed Hill. … Find out how to read more online.

Laishley appointed to FSW State College board
Wed  Aug 23 2017 12:25AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Punta Gorda businessman Bruce Laishley never went to college, but he has been appointed to serve on the board of one. Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed him to serve on the district board of trustees for Florida … Find out how to read more online.

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Stocks surge, put shaky few weeks further behind them
Tue  Aug 22 2017 10:30PM
NEW YORK — Stocks around the world jumped on Tuesday, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 had one of its best days of the year, as markets put a shaky last couple of weeks further behind them. Shares of technology … read more.

Imam planned to blow himself up
Tue  Aug 22 2017 10:30PM
MADRID — An extremist cell in northeastern Spain was preparing bombs for an imam who planned to blow himself up at a Barcelona monument, a key suspect in the attacks that killed 15 people in northeastern Spain told a judge … read more.

Pentagon chief says militants are ‘on the run’
Tue  Aug 22 2017 10:30PM
BAGHDAD — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he is confident that U.S.-backed Iraqi forces will finish off the Islamic State militants clinging to strongholds that are shrinking in size and number. “ISIS is on the run,” Mattis told … read more.

Italian boy helped save brother after quake
Tue  Aug 22 2017 10:28PM
MILAN — An Italian family of five was “reborn” after all three children buried in the rubble of their home by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake were pulled to safety Tuesday in a painstaking 16-hour rescue operation on the popular Mediterranean … read more.

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