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Wall donation honors fallen ‘brother’
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
GULF COVE — Art and Maureen Cronk donated $5,000 to see the construction of a permanent Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda. But the Gulf Cove couple didn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Program teaches teens to sail
Thu  May 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Demetrius Brown, 15, slides into a blue life jacket and snaps shut the black buckles along the front, just before gliding his small sailboat into the tranquil … Find out how to read more online.
Tarpon commencement will be ‘dignified’
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Senior Jonathon Skavroneck isn’t expecting anything over the top for Charlotte High School’s graduation ceremony, but he said that is what will make it special. “Our graduation … Find out how to read more online.
Weekend 911 calls run the gamut
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — While many residents were enjoying time off for the long Memorial Day weekend, local first responders were kept plenty busy around the community. The average number of … Find out how to read more online.
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Hurricane predictions breeze in: Feds expect light season
Wed  May 27 2015 09:46PM
By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With six to 11 named storms predicted, this year’s hurricane season may be slower than average — but officials say that’s no reason for Atlantic and Gulf coast residents to rest … read more.

US stocks recover from slump the day before
Thu  May 28 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended higher Wednesday, recovering most of their losses from the day before, as Greece appeared closer to resolving its latest debt issues. However, the overall market remains directionless as most investors are focused on figuring … read more.

Storm death toll rises to 19
Thu  May 28 2015 01:19AM
HOUSTON — Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 19 people dead and a dozen others missing. More rain fell … read more.

Rick Santorum announces second White House run
Thu  May 28 2015 01:19AM
CABOT, Pa. (AP) — Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence — and focus on social issues — … read more.

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Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen or more islanders gathered on the property Monday morning to … Find out how to read more online.

Jenkins’ death leaves void in veterans community
Mon  May 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — On Oct. 26, 1967, while serving with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Sgt. Jim Lannon was participating in Operation County Fair in Quang Nam Province in South Vietnam. Suddenly, he heard a trip … Find out how to read more online.

Knight Island fire details emerge
Wed  May 27 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County received eight frantic calls to 911 early Sunday reporting a Knight Island house engulfed in fire that killed a mother and son, and their dog. “The flames are shooting 75 feet up in the air,” the … Find out how to read more online.

Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of slavery. Assuming the role of a young white woman raised … Find out how to read more online.

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