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Trip to Charlotte beach to become more complicated in August
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Sometimes it’s not easy to get to the beach if you live in Port Charlotte or Punta Gorda. If you go toward Fort Myers Beach, you never really know if … Find out how to read more online.
Sports bar entrepreneurs
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The old Sportsman’s Lounge sat on the outskirts, low slung, set back from the road. In those days, the sportsmen in question were more likely hunters and fishermen than football and hockey fans. The memorabilia on the walls were rods, … Find out how to read more online.

The advantages of verbal negotiations
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Q: I’ve sold quite a few homes, but none in Florida. In my experience, the offers and counteroffers were always in writing. The Realtor who listed my Florida home a … Find out how to read more online.
Tensions rise at seven-hour sewer hearing
Fri  Jul 22 2016 05:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — At a protracted public hearing that started Wednesday and extended into Thursday morning, residents and business owners continued to push back against planned sewer expansions across Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
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IS attacks protest in Afghan capital, kills 80 people
Sat  Jul 23 2016 09:14PM
By LYNNE O’DONNELL Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than … read more.

Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days
Sat  Jul 23 2016 09:14PM
By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new record by flying solo around the … read more.

Police: Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings
Sat  Jul 23 2016 09:12PM
By GEORGE JAHN and PAUL WHEATLEY Associated Press MUNICH (AP) — The gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall left nine people dead was a depression-plagued teenager who avidly read books and articles about mass killings and apparently tried to … read more.

California wildfires burn near Los Angeles and Big Sur
Sat  Jul 23 2016 09:12PM
By JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildfires burned out of control Saturday in mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California’s scenic Central Coast, posing a threat to some 1,300 homes and a sanctuary … read more.

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Attention caregivers
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
Consulate Health Care of Port Charlotte is teaming with Tidewell Hospice to present a free “self-care” seminar for professional caregivers Wednesday at Consulate, 18480 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte. The hour-long seminar, “Keeping Pace with the Contemporary Boundaries in Health care,” … Find out how to read more online.

Sexual predator charged with lewd battery on teen
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 25-year-old registered sexual predator found himself Friday at the Charlotte County Jail on $1 million bond after sheriff’s office investigators charged him with lewd and lascivious battery on a minor. On July 5, a sheriff’s deputy … Find out how to read more online.

Survey seeks victims of freshwater releases
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University has partnered with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center to conduct a survey of small businesses which may have suffered losses during … Find out how to read more online.

The Fabric of Our Faith: Outrunning the rain
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
The recent rains reminded me of Elijah’s 1 Kings 17 and 18 prophesy to King Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except … Find out how to read more online.

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