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Risk remains for wildfires
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
With the exception of the Panhandle, rainfall throughout the state this year has become a commodity. In less than four months, the Tampa Bay region has received 5 inches of … Find out how to read more online.
TRACKING CRIME
Tue  Apr 25 2017 08:30AM
When Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies take to the road, they can see all recent traffic incidents, property crimes, assaults, 911 calls and anything else that has generated a report … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways to spend … Find out how to read more online.
Candlelight vigil to celebrate North Port teacher
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A year later, the community still mourns the loss of a North Port High School teacher who was shot and killed in a murder-suicide. During a child … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Duterte says he can be more brutal than terrorists
Mon  Apr 24 2017 01:19AM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Sunday that he could be “50 times” more brutal than Muslim militants who stage beheadings and said he could even “eat” the extremists if they’re captured alive by troops. Duterte has … read more.

Florida man convicted in fatal fight over gumbo spices
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A man charged with fatally stabbing a restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot in a fight over gumbo spices has been found guilty of second-degree murder. Orlando Ricardo Thompson was found guilty Thursday in the … read more.

Mom, her boyfriend arrested after toddler is beaten
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
NORTH MIAMI (AP) — A North Miami man is in jail because police say he punched a toddler so hard she needed surgery. The girl’s mother is also jailed because police said she did nothing about it for days. The … read more.

Man, 71, faces attempted murder charge in stepson’s shooting
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
SANFORD (AP) — A 71-year-old Florida man has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his step-son. The Orlando Sentinel reports that arrest records show Thomas Lathrop of Sanford shot 31-year-old Frank Fort on Saturday at the family … read more.

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Fat Point, Big Storm become brew bros
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Let there be no doubt, Punta Gorda-based Fat Point Brewing is open for business. Earlier this year, Fat Point and Big Storm Brewing Co. of Tampa Bay quietly announced an alliance, but doubt lingered among aficionados. The threat of Fat … Find out how to read more online.

Water district declares first phase of shortage
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s governing board voted Tuesday to declare a phase I water shortage for all its 16 counties, including Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee, Polk and Sarasota. The district said it wants to alert residents watering restrictions could … Find out how to read more online.


Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. • Animal Welfare League: Volunteers needed as dog walkers, cat … Find out how to read more online.

Local schools earn national recognition
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
Three Charlotte County schools earned spots on U.S. News and World Report’s survey of the best high schools in the country. The “Best High School” rankings identify the country’s top-performing public high schools. The goal is to provide a picture … Find out how to read more online.

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