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Local man to be featured on World Fishing Network
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — While Captain Mike Myers was reeling in a tarpon, a 10-foot bull shark wanted it more. The massive shark ate the tarpon. Then it got hooked on Myers’ … Find out how to read more online.
Mostly sunny weather for Valentine’s Day weekend
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
With mostly sunny skies and no rain in the forecast, the climate is right for Charlotte and Sarasota county residents looking forward to romantic picnics or walks holding hands in … Find out how to read more online.
Time to say thanks
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
Dedeth Ford lives in a Port Charlotte house that she has turned into a warm, inviting home. Her butterfly garden is on the way to the yard. It’s where she … Find out how to read more online.
South Charlotte County manages future growth, water needs
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the far southern reaches of the county, where cattle graze and wildlife still rule, the Burnt Store Water Treatment Plant sits isolated, but not apart from … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
’Finally’: Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — With an exclamation of “Finally,” Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic … read more.

Alabama woman convicted in girl’s running death dies
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By JAY REEVES Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing. Joyce Hardin Garrard, … read more.

Hammers and shivs used in Mexico prison riot that killed 49
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:44PM
By MARK STEVENSON and PORFIRIO IBARRA Associated Press MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s deadliest prison brawl in many years was a bloodbath in which inmates attacked each other with hammers, cudgels and makeshift blades, authorities said Friday, underlining yet again … read more.

US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea
Fri  Feb 12 2016 10:43PM
By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week … read more.

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Sat  Feb 13 2016 02:32PM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners Feb. 7: Round 1: 1-George Stern III, Christ Azarias; 2-Harriet Ratynski, CW Clark; 3-John Seaman, Henry Tropea. Round 2: 1-Patricia Seaman, Ron Hickson; 2-Kim Hill, Tom Novak; 3-Fran Smith, George Stern III. … Find out how to read more online.

POLICE BEAT
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Travis Lee Gerdon, 44, 300 block of Watham Drive, Port Charlotte. Charges: possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $3,000. • Michael John Palade Sr., 39, 20300 block of Andover … Find out how to read more online.

Reverse mortgages: More home defaults on the way?
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
It was back in October when Kristen Conti, a broker-owner of Golf Breeze Realty in Port Charlotte, received special training on reverse mortgages from Fannie Mae. As a direct broker for the government-backed mortgage giant, Conti was being prepared for … Find out how to read more online.

Rain and cold don’t stop fairgoer fun
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Bad weather didn’t stop folks from coming out to the Charlotte County Fair to get in some funnel cake, cotton candy and rides before the annual event wrapped up for the season on Sunday. Fairgoers ranged from … Find out how to read more online.

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