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Area growing grayer
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
The graying population in Charlotte County continues to outpace most of the nation, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census. Whether they’ve been here for some time or … Find out how to read more online.
Good news for bicyclists
Sat  Dec 10 2016 01:00AM
An agency that serves Charlotte and Sarasota counties, Gulf Coast Community Foundation has kept the ball rolling on the further extension of Legacy Trail. The group has committing $50,000 in … Find out how to read more online.
Snowbird Classic organizers hope for improvements
Sat  Dec 10 2016 01:00AM
MURDOCK — The Snowbird Baseball Classic, an annual tournament that brings college players and millions in revenue to Charlotte each winter, is in jeopardy of losing teams due to a … Find out how to read more online.
City holding Poinsettia Parade tonight
Sat  Dec 10 2016 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — After the Tree Lighting Festival last week, the city will continue to celebrate the holiday season with the Poinsettia festival tonight. While North Port spokesperson Josh Taylor … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Record number of manatees killed in 2016 by boats
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A record number of manatees were killed in 2016 by boat strikes, according to state wildlife data, but overall the number of the beloved sea cows increased in Florida this year. Data posted by the Florida Fish … read more.

Florida lost construction, gained health care jobs in recovery
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida gained more wealthy residents but also more families living below the poverty line between 2010 and 2015 when the Sunshine State participated in an economic recovery from a devastating housing crash and the worst recession in … read more.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:48PM
NEW YORK — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, … read more.

Florida to state workers: You can’t give at the office now
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following negative publicity about administrative costs, as well as a critical audit, the administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it had suspended a program that allowed state workers to make charitable donations through their paychecks. … read more.

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More Local News
Deadline nearing for Health Exchange
Sat  Dec 10 2016 01:00AM
The Florida Department of Health is urging people needing health coverage to act before the deadline for enrollment passes. Deadline for enrollment in the federally funded Health Insurance Exchange for 2017 is Jan. 31. Individuals may qualify for plans starting … Find out how to read more online.

Huge fish kill blamed on red tide
Sat  Dec 10 2016 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Red tide is the likely suspect behind this week’s massive fish kill throughout Charlotte Harbor and the Punta Gorda canal system. Medium concentrations of Karenia brevis, a harmful type of algae, have been detected in at least … Find out how to read more online.


Sat  Dec 10 2016 01:00AM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. • Animal Welfare League: Volunteers needed as dog walkers, cat … Find out how to read more online.


Sat  Dec 10 2016 01:00AM
Pancake breakfast and cookie walk First United Methodist Church invites the public to its monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. today in the Bryant Life Center, located at 507 West Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Enjoy a full … Find out how to read more online.

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