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Seay re-elected in Airport Authority race
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Winning 45 percent of the vote in a three-way race, incumbent Pamella Seay was elected to another four-year term on the Charlotte County Airport Authority, representing District … Find out how to read more online.
Suspected drug dealer arrested
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
A man with outstanding warrants for allegedly selling drugs to undercover agents was apprehended this week while rolling a marijuana cigarette, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday. According to … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County Labor Day closures
Wed  Aug 31 2016 01:39PM
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all Charlotte County government business offices and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed Sept. 5. All post offices will be closed as … Find out how to read more online.
Incumbents upset in DeSoto commission race
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
Two DeSoto Board of County Commission races came down to the wire Tuesday night, and ended with the upset of incumbents Bob Miller and Gabriel Quave. Former Commissioner Judith Schaefer … Find out how to read more online.
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First family goes hiking in national park in Virginia
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:32PM
TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama and the first family are hiking at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. Their visit Sunday comes as the National Park Service’s celebrates its centennial. The president has marked the week by creating … read more.

Woman who was beaten, set on fire in Georgia home dies
Mon  Aug 29 2016 01:19AM
ATLANTA (AP) — A coroner says an 83-year-old Georgia woman who was badly burned and critically injured during an attempted robbery has died. Meriwether County Deputy Coroner Leonard Wigley Jr. tells local news media that Dorothy Dow died Saturday at … read more.

Turkey lifts headscarf ban for its policewomen
Mon  Aug 29 2016 01:19AM
ISTANBUL (AP) — It is official: Turkey’s female police officers will be able to wear headscarves as part of their uniform. The ruling published by the government’s official gazette this weekend says policewomen can wear headscarves under their caps or … read more.

UN: Gender inequality costs sub-Saharan Africa $95 billion
Mon  Aug 29 2016 01:19AM
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Saharan Africa loses around $95 billion a year due to gender inequality, jeopardizing the continent’s efforts for economic growth, according to a U.N. report launched Sunday. Deeply rooted structural obstacles such as unequal distribution of resources … read more.

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People’s verdict: Eaton for clerk of court
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Speaking to a packed house of well-wishers at his victory party, Roger Eaton, the soon-to-be clerk of the circuit court, thanked one and all. “This didn’t come easy,” said Eaton, looking past the overwhelming nearly 75 percent … Find out how to read more online.

Peterson, Matthews advance in Punta Gorda council race
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Two were catapulted onto the road to November. One was derailed. Lynne Matthews and Bob Peterson advanced to the Nov. 8 general election by finishing one-two in Tuesday’s primary election for the city’s District 4 council seat … Find out how to read more online.

Amontree, Atkinson win Charlotte School Board seats
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Two women won seats on the Charlotte County School Board Tuesday night. Out of three new candidates vying for the District 2 seat in Tuesday’s nonpartisan race, Kim Amontree emerged as the winner. Amontree, a mother and … Find out how to read more online.

Voter turnout exceeds last two elections
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
Voter turnout in Charlotte County was at 25 percent for Tuesday’s primary election, up from 17 percent in 2014 and 22 percent in 2012. Out of 125,715 voters, a total of 31,219 ballots were cast, with 17,059 sent in by … Find out how to read more online.

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