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Developer has the right vision to help with housing crisis
Tue  Apr 25 2017 12:50AM
I returned to the Sun office in Charlotte County nearly a year ago. My family chose to rent a nice apartment in the Toledo Blade area while we decided where … Find out how to read more online.
FSW ranked in top 50 community colleges
Tue  Apr 25 2017 12:50AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Out of 1,600-plus community colleges in the nation, Florida SouthWestern State College ranks in the top 50, according to College Choice, an independent online publication. The goal … Find out how to read more online.
Jail infirmary will provide better care for mentally ill
Tue  Apr 25 2017 12:50AM
Next spring or summer, the Charlotte County Jail will have a new infirmary with three floors and approximately 114 beds. For now, a converted housing pod suffices as the infirmary … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering the Holocaust
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
The Holocaust turned Max and Anita Weisglass into adults before they could enjoy being children. “I had no toys, no childhood at all,” said Max Weisglass, of Punta Gorda. He … Find out how to read more online.
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Duterte says he can be more brutal than terrorists
Mon  Apr 24 2017 01:19AM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Sunday that he could be “50 times” more brutal than Muslim militants who stage beheadings and said he could even “eat” the extremists if they’re captured alive by troops. Duterte has … read more.

Florida man convicted in fatal fight over gumbo spices
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A man charged with fatally stabbing a restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot in a fight over gumbo spices has been found guilty of second-degree murder. Orlando Ricardo Thompson was found guilty Thursday in the … read more.

Mom, her boyfriend arrested after toddler is beaten
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
NORTH MIAMI (AP) — A North Miami man is in jail because police say he punched a toddler so hard she needed surgery. The girl’s mother is also jailed because police said she did nothing about it for days. The … read more.

Man, 71, faces attempted murder charge in stepson’s shooting
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
SANFORD (AP) — A 71-year-old Florida man has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his step-son. The Orlando Sentinel reports that arrest records show Thomas Lathrop of Sanford shot 31-year-old Frank Fort on Saturday at the family … read more.

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Charlotte floats user-fee boost for pools, fields, facilities
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte commissioners are considering a hike in user fees for recreational services and facilities, along with a new, more lenient, library fine policy. Tommy Scott, director of Community Services, said user fees have been in place for a … Find out how to read more online.

Search is on for 1925 firetruck
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
Anybody run across a 1925 firetruck? That’s what the Old Fort Fire Department in Old Fort, North Carolina, would like to find out. It is hoping a 1925 REO Speed Wagon the fire department sold off to someone from the … Find out how to read more online.

Slightly cooler, drier weather expected by mid-week
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
The week may start off wet for Southwest Floridians, but it will get drier after a front moves through the area on Monday, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Richard Rude. “Starting off the week on Monday there will be … Find out how to read more online.

Demolition was his specialty in WWII
Mon  Apr 24 2017 08:30AM
By the time John Kohout, now of Port Charlotte, graduated from jump school at Fort Benning, Georgia, V-E Day had come and gone. Since the Germans had already surrendered, he became a replacement soldier in the 11th Airborne Division sent … Find out how to read more online.

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