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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.
State, National and World News
Girl, 13, competent to stand trial in stabbing
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate in a southeastern Wisconsin park to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Thursday. A … read more.

White House: ‘Sophisticated actor’ hacked Sony
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was carried out by a “sophisticated actor” with “malicious intent.” But spokesman Josh Earnest is declining to blame North Korea. Earnest says he doesn’t want to … read more.

Iraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Kurdish official in Iraq says the peshmerga fighters battling Islamic State militants have managed to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands from the Yazidi minority trapped there can flee. Masrur Barzani … read more.

Death penalty sought in Jewish site shootings
Thu  Dec 18 2014 02:09PM
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty for a white supremacist from Missouri who is charged with killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced … 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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