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Palm Auto Mall to be sold to Bradenton franchise
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
Punta Gorda’s Palm Auto Mall, a burgeoning business emblem along Tamiami Trail for 61 years, was in negotiations late Tuesday to be sold to the Gettel Automotive Group of Bradenton, … Find out how to read more online.
After 61 years, JoAnn is ‘unemployed’
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
When JoAnn Helphenstine and her husband, Bob, married nine months, arrived in Punta Gorda in 1955, there was a traffic backup, of sorts, at Marion Avenue. A bait and tackle … Find out how to read more online.
Second trial underway in Sidarovich killing
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After Tara Sidarovich’s death, David McMannis began acting strangely, according to the state’s opening statement at the start of his murder trial Tuesday. Just five hours after … Find out how to read more online.
Local chiropractor killed in crash
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
William “Rocky” Aker, 47, whose hands touched the lives of many in Charlotte and Sarasota counties, died in a three- vehicle crash Monday in Manatee County. According to the Florida … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Cubans bemoan end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ immigration policy
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:14PM
MIAMI (AP) — In a hotel room in suburban Miami, Luis Alberto Rodriguez wept when he heard that a government policy granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil was ending. That means it could take two years or … read more.

Health officials begin medical marijuana rules process
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials have begun the rules-making process that will expand those eligible to receive medical marijuana under Amendment 2, which took effect two weeks ago. The Department of Health published proposed rules Tuesday and announced … read more.

Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the US
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations. The world’s biggest retailer said Tuesday that its plans will also generate about 24,000 construction jobs. … read more.

Official: Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100
Tue  Jan 17 2017 10:12PM
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said. Military commander Maj. … read more.

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final ride
Tue  Jan 17 2017 08:30AM
Everyone who knew Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman C. Lewis describes him the same way. They call him “Big Norm” — a gentle giant, always smiling, full of infectious laughter and plenty of bear hugs he gave away … Find out how to read more online.

Pursuing the ‘Dream’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Margaret Spann remembers the dogs that attacked her, and the disrespect, as she marched for civil rights in Florida decades ago. Spann, 82, is the grand marshal of the Martin Luther King Jr. parade today in Punta Gorda, but other … Find out how to read more online.

MLK parade/rally speakers: His dream lives on
Tue  Jan 17 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Representing the Charlotte County Democratic Party, Betty Gissendanner yelled out to the crowd watching the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade, “We’re keeping the dream alive!” For more than 20 years, the Benjamin J. Baker Community Development … Find out how to read more online.

For now, library project on shelf
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Don’t misinterpret those really big shovels digging in the dirt at the site of a new county library proposed for Punta Gorda. The heavy equipment is doing remedial work — clearing debris found in previous soil tests — with the … Find out how to read more online.

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