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Longtime pastor’s anniversary celebrated
Tue  Feb 21 2017 12:10AM
A celebration called “Honoring Our Faithful Shepherd” was held at First Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Punta Gorda on Sunday to honor the 37th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Carl … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte imposes new regulations for abandoned boats
Tue  Feb 21 2017 12:10AM
MURDOCK — A new Charlotte County ordinance will make it easier for officials to remove abandoned boats from all public waterways. The updated measure clarifies regulations dealing with abandoned vehicles … Find out how to read more online.
One dead in single-vehicle crash
Tue  Feb 21 2017 12:10AM
PUNTA GORDA — A single-vehicle crash ended in one fatality Sunday night when a 2010 Infiniti G37 crashed into a utility pole and caught fire. The Florida Highway Patrol reported … Find out how to read more online.
Whether with Trump or in local circles
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
At one point, President Donald Trump was considering several members of his family for top government jobs. As the topic of nepotism became part of a national discussion, Trump settled … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida looks to expand gun rights in wake of Pulse shooting
Mon  Feb 20 2017 09:05PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans are more determined than ever to pass bills expanding gun rights in the wake of the deadly Pulse nightclub and Fort Lauderdale airport shootings. They say law-abiding gun owners should be allowed to take … read more.


Mon  Feb 20 2017 09:04PM
State prosecutors can seek death penalty despite questions TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida prosecutors can seek the death penalty in ongoing cases despite a state Supreme Court ruling that found a new death penalty law unconstitutional. The court ruled Monday that … read more.

A month of Trump: Tweets and turmoil for the 45th president
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables … read more.

Pence says US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:19PM
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will “hold Russia accountable” and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed … read more.

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Hundreds remember North Port teacher at service
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
Not many people can recall Holly Morgan Fisher without smiling. “You would see her smile a mile before you would see her,” said former classmate and Heron Creek substitute teacher Jeff Hughes. Fisher wore a multitude of hats for many … Find out how to read more online.

Southwest Florida goes into moderate drought
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
Lack of winter rain and warmer-than-normal temperatures have pushed Southwest Florida from abnormally dry into moderate drought. “Southwest Florida is officially in a moderate drought,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Daniel Noah. “It makes it easier for fires to develop.” … Find out how to read more online.


Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM

Englewood a model for sewer expansion?

Facing much the same dilemma that now confronts Charlotte County, the Englewood Water District embarked on a widespread, septic-to-sewer expansion project in 1996. Besides the environmental benefits, there were other similarities shared by the …

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‘The real question is affordability’
Mon  Feb 20 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK— At this week’s workshop session, county commissioners are expected to receive a consultant’s report on how to fund the wastewater expansion project, leading to a crucial decision on how much individual property owners will pay for the connection. In … Find out how to read more online.

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