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Aeromed to the rescue
Thu  Jul 31 2014 07:15PM
Laurie Duppenthaler said she will never forget helping a little boy in Charlotte County who was involved in a lawn mower accident last year. “The lawn mower ran over his … Find out how to read more online.
County Commission candidates speak out at forum
Thu  Jul 31 2014 07:15PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Immigration, the penny sales-tax referendum, Murdock Village and code enforcement were part of a wide-ranging discussion Wednesday evening during a candidates forum at the Cultural Center of … Find out how to read more online.
Thunderstorms on tap this weekend
Thu  Jul 31 2014 05:12PM
The last few days have been drier than normal around Southwest Florida, but expect things to change heading into the weekend. According to Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the National … Find out how to read more online.
Jail gripes gobble staff time
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits … Find out how to read more online.
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W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history now has killed more than 700 people across West Africa. According to new figures released Thursday, at least 57 deaths have been reported in recent … read more.

Cassidy turns up at racetrack instead of court
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy apparently was at Saratoga Race Course as his lawyer was preparing to accept a plea deal on the singer’s behalf in an upstate New York courtroom. Cassidy was charged last summer with … read more.

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dismantle the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire.” Netanyahu said Thursday he will not accept any truce that won’t allow Israel to … read more.

AP Exclusive: Study finds panthers kill livestock
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Since Florida’s frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state’s vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers … read more.

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Bids fly in for terminal expansion
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Airport Authority received a more-than-expected response from companies interested in taking on the multimillion-dollar terminal expansion at the Punta Gorda Airport. Authority Executive Director Gary Quill announced Tuesday that seven contractors submitted bids for … Find out how to read more online.

CHS grad on ‘Quest’ for success
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
After Christian Sochor graduated from Charlotte High School in 2009, the drama student followed the advice of some friends and applied to an acting school in New York City. He was accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and … Find out how to read more online.

Roadside worker killed
Thu  Jul 31 2014 07:15PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. … Find out how to read more online.

Baseball brings ‘Big,’ ‘Little’ together
Thu  Jul 31 2014 05:12PM
NORTH PORT — After retiring last August, Jon Ryan of North Port decided to become a Big Brother for the third time. Knowing that Ryan, 66, preferred a Little interested in playing baseball, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun … Find out how to read more online.

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