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Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sat  Apr 18 2015 06:17PM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sat  Apr 18 2015 05:05PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities making a comeback
Sat  Apr 18 2015 06:43PM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In … Find out how to read more online.
Counties assail state’s primary care plan for underserved
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — One day after the Florida Department of Health confirmed that primary care services for the underserved will be switched over to the private sector in Sarasota County, commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Hinckley finds indifference in future home
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:18PM
The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community. He likes taking walks, plays guitar and paints, eats at Wendy’s … read more.

Bipartisanship erupts
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:18PM
WASHINGTON — Suddenly, bipartisanship has broken out on Capitol Hill. On Iran, Medicare, education and trade, Republicans and Democrats have come together to make deals, and that’s something rarely seen lately. “It’s great,” Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said … read more.

Yemen militia says it is besieging rebels at base
Sat  Apr 18 2015 07:22PM
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Militiamen loyal to Yemen’s exiled president besieged an air base Saturday once crucial to the U.S. drone program targeting al-Qaida militants in the country, trying to dislodge the Shiite rebels holding the complex, a spokesman said. … read more.

Lice eyed as Brazilian pepper tree solution
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:18PM
MELBOURNE — Biologists may soon have another biological weapon in their war against the infamous Brazilian pepper tree: an army of jumping plant lice. These tiny insects — called Calophya Latiforceps — have the gall to go up against arguably … read more.

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Delivering smiles for 36 years
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Ask any of the hundreds of residents who live within the Old Sailboat section of Punta Gorda Isles, and they’ll say U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Sharon Winesett does more than just deliver parcels. For nearly three decades, … Find out how to read more online.

Jobless rate, season wind down
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
The waning weeks of season continue to bring the unemployment rate down across Southwest Florida. The jobless rate in Charlotte County fell to an even 6 percent in March, down from 6.2 percent the previous month. In March 2014, the county’s unemployment rate … Find out how to read more online.


Prison inmate to remain behind bars
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A local prisoner will remain behind bars for violating his parole, after an appellate court said he failed to prove the state Parole Commission was required to record his revocation hearing, which could have been considered by … Find out how to read more online.

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