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Gov. Scott to make stop in Punta Gorda today
Thu  Oct 23 2014 12:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In an effort to shore up early votes in a race that’s down to the wire, Gov. Rick Scott today will campaign in the city during his … Find out how to read more online.
Officials quiet about fatal shooting
Thu  Oct 23 2014 12:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Few details were unveiled in an incident report released Wednesday by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office about this week’s fatal shooting at Charlotte Harbor RV Park. Residents … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween treat for county workers: A pay raise . . . finally
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — On the last day of the month, Charlotte County employees will receive quite a Halloween treat with their first pay raise in seven years. The 3 percent pay … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Sunshine Lake algae due to natural causes
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — An ongoing study of the Sunshine Lake/Sunrise Waterway has determined the likely cause of the algae contamination to be a natural occurrence. With more than 80 percent of … Find out how to read more online.
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Canada parliament attack
Thu  Oct 23 2014 12:00AM
OTTAWA, Ontario — A gunman with a scarf over his face killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation’s war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was shot to death by the usually … read more.

Slide in energy sector drags US stock market lower
Thu  Oct 23 2014 12:00AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell broadly on Wednesday, snapping a four-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, as investors shaken by recent swings in the market sold some of their holdings. A slide in the price … read more.

‘Slender Man’ case at standstill
Wed  Oct 22 2014 10:56PM
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Doctors disagree over whether the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man is fit to stand trial, a judge and attorneys said Wednesday. A state … read more.

Girls made possible bid to join jihadis
Wed  Oct 22 2014 10:56PM
DENVER — Three teenage girls from suburban Denver flew to Europe in a possible bid to join Islamic State militants in Syria, and now authorities are looking at their friends to see if any have similar intentions. A U.S. official … read more.

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Home sales remain solid
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month compared to 277 sales in September 2013, according to the … Find out how to read more online.

Students join ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a toy. Then the Charlotte Academy teacher began strumming Beethoven’s “Fur Elise,” and students … Find out how to read more online.

2 confirmed dead in shooting near Peace River
Tue  Oct 21 2014 03:16PM
Two are confirmed dead Tuesday in what authorities are calling a domestic disturbance. The Charlotte County sheriff’s office won’t go as far as calling it a murder-suicide at this point, but look for more coverage in Wednesday’s Charlotte Sun. A … read more.

Homicide report: Driver was speeding
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The local man charged last week with vehicular homicide was driving at 61 mph when his car struck and killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June, according to a 27-page Florida Highway Patrol report released … Find out how to read more online.

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