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Charlotte Player’s Camp lets kids take the stage
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:56AM
Participants in the Charlotte Player’s Kids OnStage Camp only have good things to say when asked about the program. “I really love being able to meet new people, it opens … Find out how to read more online.
Midway Boulevard nearing completion
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:48AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 2 ¼ mile section of Midway Boulevard will reopen on Tuesday, signaling the last phase of the road’s expansion project. Charlotte County officials are warning motorists … Find out how to read more online.
Verdict: Punta Gorda man sexually battered child
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:46AM
A Punta Gorda man was convicted of sexual battery on a victim less than 12 years old following a four-day trial in Charlotte County late Thursday. John Clarence Thurber Jr., … Find out how to read more online.
‘Lee Pitts Live’ spotlights Blanchard House Museum
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:26AM
With a television crew in tow, “Lee Pitts Live” recently shot on location at the Blanchard House Museum. The 28-year-old program put a spotlight on the history of the museum, … Find out how to read more online.
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Waterfest now a Triple Crown
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:46AM
ENGLEWOOD — It’s like the Belmont Stakes in the Triple Crown of horse racing. This November, the fourth-annual Englewood Beach Waterfest will be the last leg in the Offshore Powerboat Association’s Triple Crown of speedboat racing. The winning crews will … Find out how to read more online.

Let the races begin
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:20AM
It’s that time of year again. Neighbors are about to declare their support through a red or blue bumper sticker, signs with candidates’ names will multiply along roadsides, and campaign speeches will ramp up. Welcome to election season. On Friday, … Find out how to read more online.

Football sponsor pulls funding after coach’s firing
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:48AM
VENICE — In the weeks following the firing of Indians football coach John Peacock on April 25, the Venice community had an array of mixed reaction — with many calling for the reinstatement of the 11-year coach, and others supporting … Find out how to read more online.

Adams Publishing Group purchases Sun Newspapers
Tue  Jun 19 2018 02:22PM
The Sun is moving from one family to a larger one. Adams Publishing Group announced Monday the purchase of Sun Coast Media Group, which publishes the Sun Newspapers. The Sun joins a growing portfolio of publications owned by Minnesota-based APG, … Find out how to read more online.

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Florida woman accused of shining laser at helicopter pilot
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — A woman is accused of pointing a green laser light at a sheriff’s office helicopter that was patrolling a Florida city during a power outage. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release … read more.

Deputies: Man smoked weed while child drowned in pool
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing manslaughter charges after authorities say a child he was watching drowned in a backyard pool while he smoked marijuana with a teenager in the front yard. Bay County Sheriff’s … read more.

Census shows greatest Hispanic growth rate in north Florida
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — North Florida counties led the state in the growth rate of Florida’s Hispanic population last year. But traditional bastions in South Florida and central Florida led in pure numbers. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census … read more.

Naples Zoo in Florida featured in TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Naples Zoo has been inducted into TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame. The Naples Daily News reports the new status comes after the zoo earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award five years in a row. That award … read more.

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