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Palm Auto Mall sale finalized
Fri  Jan 20 2017 08:30AM
Negotiations were concluded Wednesday for the sale of Palm Auto Mall, a landmark Punta Gorda business for 61 years on Tamiami Trail, to the Gettel Automotive Group of Bradenton. Gettel, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County presents wish list to state delegates
Fri  Jan 20 2017 08:30AM
Water, sand, ink and alcohol. Those were some of the elements brought before state representatives at Charlotte County’s annual Legislative Delegation meeting Thursday at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. … Find out how to read more online.
Denise Amber Lee left a legacy
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
John Walsh said, “If you are given the opportunity to change things, then how can you not at least try?” The quote reminds Nathan Lee of the importance of sharing … Find out how to read more online.
Thrills, concerns linger over Braves decision
Thu  Jan 19 2017 03:13PM
NORTH PORT — While the region is buzzing with news that the Atlanta Braves has set its sights on Sarasota County, more specifically West Villages, as a future spring training … Find out how to read more online.
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Hundreds of thousands of women around the world decry Trump
Sat  Jan 21 2017 05:56PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets in the nation’s capital and cities around the world Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they … read more.

Tornado rips through parts of south Mississippi, killing 4
Sat  Jan 21 2017 05:53PM
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Four people were killed and scores of homes were flattened early Saturday when a tornado ripped through the Hattiesburg area, officials in Mississippi said. The city of Hattiesburg said via its Twitter account that four people … read more.

Rescuers search for avalanche survivors, fear more slides
Sat  Jan 21 2017 05:52PM
FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Using saws, shovels and their gloved hands, rescue workers advanced slowly Saturday through the wreckage of an avalanche-destroyed hotel in central Italy, listening hard for any signs of more survivors among the 23 missing guests and … read more.

Passengers scream as Florida alligator leaps into airboat
Sat  Jan 21 2017 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — A Missouri couple vacationing in Florida had a close encounter with an alligator when it leapt into their airboat and became wedged in the boat’s railing. Passengers screamed as 30-year-old Tylor Hinderey of Springfield, Missouri, captured the … read more.

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Mother of victim testifies in murder trial
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
Sharon McPhillips cried on the witness stand as she identified her daughter’s belongings. Tara Sidarovich’s purse, wallet, sunglasses, keys, cigarettes and credit cards were left behind on the day she disappeared, Oct. 1, 2001. On Wednesday, McPhillips testified in the … Find out how to read more online.

For wildlife center, another step in move
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
As the Punta Gorda City Council unanimously decided to set aside $750,000 from the reserve fund to pay for refurbishing Ponce de Leon Park, officials from the Peace River Wildlife Center couldn’t help but believe their facility’s planned move had … Find out how to read more online.

King waiting on death row
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
Nearly a year ago, an attorney for Michael King argued the convicted killer shouldn’t be sentenced to death and instead spend his life in prison. Attorney Maria Perinetti told Florida Supreme Court justices King’s death penalty case isn’t valid because … Find out how to read more online.

Grand Slam
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The region slugged a home run Tuesday, beating out Palm Beach and Collier counties as Sarasota County secured exclusive negotiation rights as the Atlanta Braves’ spring training home. After a two-year courtship, the news was made official … Find out how to read more online.

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