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Derelict vessels: Money to combat the problem drying up
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:30AM

A newer source for addressing abandoned boats

Last year, the West Coast Inland Navigation District began to address the issue of funding derelict vessel removal in the region — including …

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Contentious religious freedom bill gets Senate blessing
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
Some Democrats condemned a bill in Tallahassee that seeks to clarify the state and U.S. Constitution on freedom of religion in public schools, calling it unnecessary. The measure — S.B. … Find out how to read more online.
Toddler airlifted to hospital after falling in a pool
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD EAST — A female toddler was found floating in a pool at a home on Lighthouse Drive in Englewood East, according to reports released Friday. According to Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Cindy Solomon is Teacher of the Month
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
Fawcett Memorial Hospital presented Cindy Solomon, a kindergarten teacher at Myakka River Elementary School, with the February “Teacher of the Month” award. Solomon was nominated by her peers for her … Find out how to read more online.
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House passes bill that gives terrorism victims right to sue
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida House members have passed a bill that would give individuals injured by an act of terrorism the right to sue for damages. The House unanimously approved the measure (HB 65) on Thursday. It would allow victims … read more.

Florida teens accused of striking deputy with stolen SUV
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say three Florida teens face multiple charges after hitting a sheriff’s deputy with a stolen SUV and then hiding in a nearby landfill. Orange County Sheriff’s officials say the deputy was working an off-duty detail … read more.

Florida cities among the biggest population gainers
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Three metro areas in Florida were among the nation’s 10 biggest gainers in the number of people moving there last year, and another three Florida metro areas were in the top 10 for overall growth rates. The … read more.

Florida House votes again to repeal red-light cameras
Fri  Mar 24 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida House is trying again this year to end the use of red-light cameras in the state, but it’s not clear if the proposal will become law. The House on Thursday voted 91-22 in favor of … read more.

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Fewer unemployed in region
Fri  Mar 24 2017 08:54PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The jobless rate took a sharp turn downward across the region, revving up a winter season to near peak performance. In Charlotte County, February’s unemployment rate of 5.2 percent is down from the previous month’s 5.8 percent, … Find out how to read more online.

First Englewood Edible Garden Tour opens today
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Having a yard that does more than look nice is why Greg Nelson and his wife Linda decided to start The Englewood Edible Landscaping Tour. The tour, which is today, will offer a 2-mile walk through Olde Englewood … Find out how to read more online.

Taking aim for education
Sat  Mar 25 2017 08:30AM
Port Charlotte High School and the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis recently held a dart tournament at Ice House Pub in Punta Gorda. The fundraising tournament, “Pirate Challenge for Education,” was a huge success, which included dozens of donated silent auction … Find out how to read more online.

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