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Halloween treat for county workers: A pay raise . . . finally
Tue  Oct 21 2014 09:26PM
MURDOCK — On the last day of the month, Charlotte County employees will receive quite a Halloween treat with their first pay raise in seven years. The 3 percent pay … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Sunshine Lake algae due to natural causes
Tue  Oct 21 2014 09:26PM
MURDOCK — An ongoing study of the Sunshine Lake/Sunrise Waterway has determined the likely cause of the algae contamination to be a natural occurrence. With more than 80 percent of … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales remain solid
Tue  Oct 21 2014 09:26PM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month … Find out how to read more online.
Students join ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a toy. Then the … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Crist, Scott do Debate 3
Tue  Oct 21 2014 10:46PM
JACKSONVILLE — Florida’s leading candidates for governor clashed fiercely during their final debate on Tuesday night, sniping at each over everything from the economy and the minimum wage to the death penalty. Both Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Rick … read more.

Rally cry heard on Wall Street
Tue  Oct 21 2014 10:46PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its best day of the year. Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results … read more.

Militants seize weapons cache meant for Kurds
Tue  Oct 21 2014 10:46PM
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of … read more.

Unaffiliated voters in Florida say no to political parties
Tue  Oct 21 2014 10:44PM
ORLANDO — Signing up new voters at high schools and job fairs, Carol Davis has noticed that the registrants, especially younger ones, are increasingly choosing neither the Democratic or Republican parties. They instead are picking “No Party Affiliation,” and they … read more.

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More Local News
Homicide report: Driver was speeding
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The local man charged last week with vehicular homicide was driving at 61 mph when his car struck and killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June, according to a 27-page Florida Highway Patrol report released … Find out how to read more online.

Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage Finder’s Warehouse in North Port. Dean and Diane Castellano opened … Find out how to read more online.

Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in World War II. He served as a seaman 1st class … Find out how to read more online.

Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of North Port, is now facing a count of third-degree felony … Find out how to read more online.

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