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Parents react to recent student deaths
Sat  Feb 6 2016 06:48PM
ENGLEWOOD — Three young people have died since Christmas Eve. And that’s three too many, according to a group of concerned Englewood mothers who want to take action as quickly … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Champion her ‘dream come true’
Sat  Feb 6 2016 06:25PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was a couple of hours before the steer show Friday night, and Alexis Burkett was busy grooming her steer, Slugger. In fact, the area behind the … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda II court appeal fought to near draw
Sat  Feb 6 2016 06:04PM
MURDOCK — Neither the property owners who filed the “Rotonda II” suit nor Charlotte County can feel like total victors. The Second District Court of Appeal denied both of their … Find out how to read more online.
Residential development transfers in the works
Sat  Feb 6 2016 06:04PM
MURDOCK — Two property owners want Charlotte County commissioners to let them take their residential development rights elsewhere. The requests are listed among the items on the commission’s consent agenda … Find out how to read more online.
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Bill would put a stop to red-light cameras
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would bring the use of red-light cameras to a screeching halt received narrow support in a Senate committee Thursday after the sponsor argued cities and counties use the traffic enforcement devices to raise cash rather … read more.

UCF hit by data breach involving Social Security numbers
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — The University of Central Florida says a hacker has gained access to 63,000 Social Security numbers belonging to former and current students and workers. UCF President John Hitt said Thursday in an online letter that school officials … read more.

Lottery winner must pay former boyfriend part of winnings
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
SANFORD (AP) — Jurors say a central Florida woman who won $1 million lottery jackpot must pay $291,000 to her former boyfriend, who had claimed he gave her the money to buy the ticket. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the … read more.

Central Florida man faces felony littering charge
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS (AP) — A central Florida man is facing felony littering charges after a contracting firm hired by Seminole County spent nine hours cleaning more than 31 tons of trash from his home. Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alan … read more.

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Forbes: North Port MSA 12th in real estate value
Sat  Feb 6 2016 06:48PM
NORTH PORT — The city has made yet another list that indicates real estate investment values can be found here. The North Port metropolitan statistical area placed 12 in Forbes magazine’s 2016 list of top 20 investment cities — one … Find out how to read more online.

PGI canal cut-through route chosen
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City Council members are moving forward on a long-awaited project to increase Punta Gorda Isles boaters’ access to Charlotte Harbor. A cut-through, via Alligator Creek, would shorten the time it takes for boaters from the southern area, … Find out how to read more online.

Fairgoers can expect chillier weather
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
With temperatures jumping back into the 80s this work week, it may have felt like spring to some Southwest Floridians, but temperatures will soon drop back down. Charlotte County fairgoers might want to wear a jacket to stay warm, but … Find out how to read more online.

Chamber expo ‘Super Bowl’ scores again
Fri  Feb 5 2016 08:30AM
The Super Bowl came three days early Thursday for the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, halftime show and all. It was the chamber’s fifth annual Business Expo trade show and business summit — The Hottest Business Day in Paradise — … Find out how to read more online.

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