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Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor … Find out how to read more online.
WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to … Find out how to read more online.
Suncoast Humane opens local thrift store
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A short line formed outside the Suncoast Humane Society thrift store before the shop made its debut this week. Sheila Crouch, one of the first customers, was … Find out how to read more online.
Crossroads hosts WinterFest
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s being dubbed the world’s shortest parade, and judging by the route, that’s no hyperbole. Punta Gorda’s inaugural Santa Parade to benefit the AMIKids Crossroads’ group foster … Find out how to read more online.
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Arctic Report: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat
Thu  Dec 18 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says. In the spring and summer of 2014, Earth’s icy northern region lost more of its signature whiteness that reflects the sun’s heat. … read more.

Stocks take big daily leap
Thu  Dec 18 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A pledge from the Federal Reserve to remain “patient” when deciding when to lift interest rates gave the stock market its biggest gain in more than a year. Stocks rose from the open on Wednesday, led … read more.

US-Cuba cold war thaws
Thu  Dec 18 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate … read more.

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price hikes
Thu  Dec 18 2014 01:19AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days. As the Russian … read more.

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Boil water alert scheduled to end today for Harbour Heights
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
HARBOUR HEIGHTS — A boil water alert resulting from Sunday’s water main break remains in effect until 2 p.m. today, according to the Charlotte Harbor Water Association. The pipes were fixed Sunday night, but the water has to cycle through, … Find out how to read more online.

Building a kayak with wings
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
At age 81, Skip Rasmussen, of Punta Gorda, is flying headlong into a new life venture. He’s building a twin-engine airplane in his Punta Gorda Isles garage. In life, he’s already developed his own photos at age 10, flown as … Find out how to read more online.

Caribbean Celebration a hit
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida Caribbean American Association held its inaugural Holidays of the Caribbean Celebration over the weekend at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. The theme for this year’s successful event was “Taste of the Caribbean,” and it was free and … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Katelyn Dawn Lewis, 23, 1400 block of Achilles St., Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Anderson Lee McSwain III, 23, 3100 block of Crestwood Drive, Port Charlotte. … Find out how to read more online.

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