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Reverse mortgages: More home defaults on the way?
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:46PM
It was back in October when Kristen Conti, a broker-owner of Golf Breeze Realty in Port Charlotte, received special training on reverse mortgages from Fannie Mae. As a direct broker … Find out how to read more online.
Rain and cold don’t stop fairgoer fun
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Bad weather didn’t stop folks from coming out to the Charlotte County Fair to get in some funnel cake, cotton candy and rides before the annual event … Find out how to read more online.
Fair auction bittersweet for some
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
It was Saturday afternoon, the next-to-last day of the Charlotte County Fair, and its agricultural program was showing both of its faces as it came to an end with its … Find out how to read more online.
Wife and community members rally to free inmate
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Angela Evans fears her husband will die in prison. Her husband, Jerome Platt, of Punta Gorda, is recovering from throat cancer. The chemotherapy and radiation controlled the … Find out how to read more online.
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Gwyneth Paltrow tearfully testifies against accused stalker
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:24PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow testified Monday in the trial of a man accused of stalking her, saying he wrote upsetting letters discussing her death and his intention to marry her and also sent her pornography and unsolicited gifts. … read more.

WWII vet begins journey to reunite with wartime girlfriend
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:22PM
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 93-year-old World War II veteran is embarking on a 10,500-mile journey to Australia to visit his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart. It will take Norwood Thomas, who boarded a plane Sunday from … read more.

Storm Imogen lashes Britain with wind, huge waves
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:20PM
LONDON (AP) — A winter storm with hurricane-force winds and huge waves battered Britain’s coastline Monday, cutting power to thousands and disrupting travel across the country. More than 15,000 homes were without power as Storm Imogen hit Ireland, Wales and … read more.

Meteor suspected in Indian man’s death
Mon  Feb 8 2016 10:20PM
NEW DELHI (CNN) — Indian scientists will examine remains from an object that fell from the sky Saturday, causing a large explosion which killed a man, to determine if it is a meteorite, police say. If the object is confirmed … read more.

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Parents react to recent student deaths
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three young people have died since Christmas Eve. And that’s three too many, according to a group of concerned Englewood mothers who want to take action as quickly as possible to help any children who are hurting. After … Find out how to read more online.

Grand Champion her ‘dream come true’
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was a couple of hours before the steer show Friday night, and Alexis Burkett was busy grooming her steer, Slugger. In fact, the area behind the barn at the Charlotte County Fair was buzzing with last-minute … Find out how to read more online.

Rotonda II court appeal fought to near draw
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Neither the property owners who filed the “Rotonda II” suit nor Charlotte County can feel like total victors. The Second District Court of Appeal denied both of their appeals last month. “They certainly must be more disappointed that … Find out how to read more online.

Residential development transfers in the works
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Two property owners want Charlotte County commissioners to let them take their residential development rights elsewhere. The requests are listed among the items on the commission’s consent agenda Tuesday. The Andress Family Florida and Rotonda Lakes II partnerships … Find out how to read more online.

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