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Red tide bloom looms off Charlotte County
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:34PM
The specter of a red tide algae bloom continued its assault on Charlotte and Sarasota county beaches Tuesday. Three telltale signs spelled out the story: a small but noticeable string … Find out how to read more online.
Local history: Punta Gorda’s ice plants
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:05PM
Good day to all! Did you know Punta Gorda had three ice plants over time in its early history? Mechanical refrigeration was first proposed by Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola, … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte High Homecoming: ‘A Night on the Boardwalk’
Tue  Sep 27 2016 09:02PM
Port Charlotte High School’s 2016 Homecoming Dance was held Saturday evening in the school gym. This year’s theme was “A Night on the Boardwalk.” … Find out how to read more online.
Mosaic probing radioactivity
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:30AM
MULBERRY — David Fontana said he stopped cooking with well water from his tap after a sinkhole opened under a Mosaic Fertilizer operation and sent millions of gallons of contaminated … Find out how to read more online.
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Red tide kills scores of fish in Sarasota County
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:26PM
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a red tide in the Gulf of Mexico is to blame for dead fish littering beaches and causing a foul stench at a popular beach along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports … read more.

Florida primaries eyed: Representation of few, or the many?
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:24PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It took just 14,496 votes to win his closed Democratic primary for one of Florida’s 27 congressional seats. Now Darren Soto is virtually assured of going to Capitol Hill, unlikely to face a strong Republican challenge … read more.

Shooting sows terror at Washington mall; shooter on loose
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:24PM
BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday night at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy’s Department Store. By the time … read more.

Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco has died
Sat  Sep 24 2016 09:22PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Musician Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68. His longtime manager Ted … read more.

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Vietnam Wall now open for visitors
Tue  Sep 27 2016 07:41PM
With the exception of a few amenities such as flagpoles, benches, information pedestals and donor ledgers, the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida is finished and is open to visitors. A soft opening was held on Sept. 3, and a few … Find out how to read more online.

Goodbye, September
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:05PM
The Business Card Exchange will be held at Busey Bank’s Port Charlotte office, 1490 Tamiami Trail, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. Please bring plenty of cards to hand out and a small gift to gain some additional name and face … Find out how to read more online.

Tour the Train Depot
Tue  Sep 27 2016 08:34PM
The Punta Gorda Train Depot, Museum, Antique & Collectibles Mall has reopened after being closed for the summer. The Train Depot serves as both a reminder of Punta Gorda’s history as well as an interesting place to find antiques and … Find out how to read more online.

Surviving suicide
Tue  Sep 27 2016 12:46PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Suicide has a ripple effect on the survivors. “It’s like a boulder hitting the middle of a lake, and the ripple that comes out from it,” said licensed mental health counselor Kim Sanderson of Charlotte Behavioral Health … Find out how to read more online.

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