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Beat goes on for Port Charlotte cityhood
Thu  Jul 24 2014 05:39PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Like a political candidate, Denise Garbacz is canvassing her Port Charlotte neighborhood, asking folks about the community in which they live and what future they envision. But … Find out how to read more online.
Home is where the joy is
Thu  Jul 24 2014 02:40PM
A new Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity home was dedicated Wednesday morning to new homeowners Leon Blake, his wife Felicia Wilkie-Blake, and their three children, Masani, 15, Jahlani, 8, and … Find out how to read more online.
Because it’s there
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:40AM
ENGLEWOOD — Climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain wasn’t initially on Bud Koranchan’s bucket list, but now he doesn’t stop thinking about it. The soon-to-be 73-year-old Englewood resident wants to … Find out how to read more online.
Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to earmark roughly $1.5 million in funding for preliminary water testing in connection with Punta Gorda’s proposed reverse-osmosis plant, provided … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Florida judge skeptical about fixing map now
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge says he’s “extremely skeptical” about changing the state’s congressional districts before the 2014 elections. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis held a three-hour hearing Thursday to consider what to do after he ruled that current … read more.

Gov: Senator in plagiarism row deserves respect
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he didn’t know that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized parts of his master’s thesis when he appointed the former National Guard general to the Senate earlier this year. The Democratic governor … read more.

Iraqis: Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say Islamic extremist militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah. The residents say the Islamic State militants, who … read more.

Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 7
Thu  Jul 24 2014 03:20PM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza health officials say at least seven people were killed when Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip during clashes with Palestinian militants. Gaza health official … read more.

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More Local News
I-75 expansion on schedule
Thu  Jul 24 2014 05:32PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Interstate 75 expansion project in South Sarasota County is on time for its expected completion date of summer 2016. The project will expand I-75 from four to six lanes from River Road in Venice to Sumter … Find out how to read more online.

Shelter wants your cute pet photos
Thu  Jul 24 2014 05:31PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Suncoast Humane Society is finally giving you a chance to put that picture of your dog in a super-hero costume to good use. Suncoast is sponsoring its annual Pet Calendar photo contest, a fundraiser to help cover … Find out how to read more online.

Artists featured in Fort Myers event
Thu  Jul 24 2014 05:10PM
PUNTA GORDA — Eight artists from the Artisan’s Atelier, located at 117 Herald Court Centre, will be displaying their work at the Downtown Fort Myers Art Walk from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Aug. 1. The event is free and … Find out how to read more online.

Pirate Fest draws creator of Captain Morgan character
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When artist Don Maitz attends this weekend’s Pirate Fest, he will pay equally close attention to the visitors who come to admire his pirate creations. If they are decked out in authentic pirate costumes, as many are … Find out how to read more online.

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