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Fire veteran retires after 30 years
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:09PM
In 1963, the year before Gregg Bala was born, his father and grandfather helped to start a volunteer fire department in Punta Gorda, at the site that is now Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sales-tax holiday is time to shop
Fri  Aug 1 2014 05:56PM
The sales-tax holiday is in full swing through midnight Sunday, and shoppers across the state are celebrating the savings. Florida families will get a break on sales taxes this weekend … Find out how to read more online.
Sales-tax holiday is time to shop
Fri  Aug 1 2014 07:02PM
The sales-tax holiday is in full swing through midnight Sunday, and shoppers across the state are celebrating the savings. Florida families will get a break on sales taxes this weekend … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Port Charlotte man caught with child porn
Fri  Aug 1 2014 06:28PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 36-year-old local man has been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography. Again. Daniel Edward Palmer — a sex offender, having been convicted of 12 counts of possessing … Find out how to read more online.
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Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have agreed to combine their broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity. The deal announced late Wednesday is the latest … read more.

US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where … read more.

Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor’s office
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician’s office for about an hour, authorities say. The woman, … read more.

Price tag for new Tampa area expressway is $454M
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Department of Transportation officials say a new expressway linking two major roads in the Tampa Bay area will cost about $454 million — about $116 million more than first announced. Most of the extra … read more.

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Report: Port Charlotte man caught with child porn
Fri  Aug 1 2014 05:03PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 36-year-old local man has been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography. Again. Daniel Edward Palmer — a sex offender, having been convicted of 12 counts of possessing child porn in 2009 — was arrested Thursday on … Find out how to read more online.

Winners ‘Show Us’ nature’s beauty
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:09PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — For Rick Fried, being among the first winners of the local tourism bureau’s photography contest was gratifying, but not as rewarding as being out on upper Shell Creek for his serene waterscape of kayakers among the palms. … Find out how to read more online.

Aeromed to the rescue
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
Laurie Duppenthaler said she will never forget helping a little boy in Charlotte County who was involved in a lawn mower accident last year. “The lawn mower ran over his foot, and we had to fly him to Tampa,” Duppenthaler, … Find out how to read more online.

Crash claims roadside worker
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Christopher Allen Best, … Find out how to read more online.

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