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106-year-old Punta Gorda man dies
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:44PM
James Spencer Dryden, M.D., Punta Gorda’s oldest living resident at the age of 106, died peacefully at home on June 14 surrounded by loved ones. He was born in the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte OKs residential for Babcock
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:44PM
MURDOCK — The Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday took another giant step forward in the development of Babcock Ranch, clearing the way for home construction to begin. “This is very … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch breaks ground
Tue  Jun 28 2016 09:20PM
“Here we are about to go vertical,” Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, said Tuesday, with shovel in hand over the construction site of downtown Babcock Ranch. … Find out how to read more online.
Local reactions mixed to ‘landmark’ abortion decision
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
As the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas on Monday, local leaders on both sides of the issue are determined to keep fighting for their convictions. In making … Find out how to read more online.
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Buddy Ryan, NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 82
Tue  Jun 28 2016 09:42AM
Buddy Ryan, who coached two defenses that won Super Bowl titles and whose twin sons Rex and Rob have been successful NFL coaches, died Tuesday. He was 82. His death was confirmed by the Buffalo Bills, who are coached by … read more.

Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64
Tue  Jun 28 2016 09:42AM
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women’s game from obscurity to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning. She was 64. With an icy … read more.

Florida charity: Zika raises risks for homeless families
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
TAMPA (AP) — A Tampa charity is distributing insect repellent and mosquito nets to the homeless to help protect them from mosquito bites. Metropolitan Ministries President and CEO Tim Marks tells WFLA-TV that he routinely hears complaints about insect bites … read more.

Officials: Man loses leg in boating hit-and-run
Tue  Jun 28 2016 01:19AM
ST. AUGUSTINE (AP) — Part of a man’s leg had to be amputated following what officials were describing as a hit-and-run boating crash in St. Augustine. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials tell news outlets that Logan Farquhar lost … read more.

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Diversity largely missing in school ranks
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
(Editor’s note: A racial academic achievement gap in standardized testing exists in Charlotte County schools, according to Florida Department of Education data. This is Part One of a series exploring if staff’s racial diversity plays a role in student self-esteem, … Find out how to read more online.

Parents petition for new bus stop
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Parents are pleading with school officials to provide safe bus transportation in the city’s historic district. Janice and Paul Chupka, parents of 8-year-old twins at Sallie Jones Elementary School and residents of the historic district, had sent … Find out how to read more online.

Overall crime down, violent offenses up
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Crime statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement present a mixed bag in Charlotte County. On the one hand, 2015 saw the overall crime rate drop in Charlotte County, but on the flipside, the … Find out how to read more online.

Thunderstorms continue this week
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
Thunderstorms are likely to continue across Southwest Florida this week, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s near the coast and low to mid 90s farther inland, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Marc Austin. Chances of rain are … Find out how to read more online.

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