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Jail gripes gobble staff time
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits … Find out how to read more online.
Bids fly in for terminal expansion
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Airport Authority received a more-than-expected response from companies interested in taking on the multimillion-dollar terminal expansion at the Punta Gorda Airport. Authority Executive Director … Find out how to read more online.
CHS grad on ‘Quest’ for success
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
After Christian Sochor graduated from Charlotte High School in 2009, the drama student followed the advice of some friends and applied to an acting school in New York City. He … Find out how to read more online.
Community ties apparent in School Board race
Tue  Jul 29 2014 08:00AM
Though Lee Swift has held his position on the Charlotte County School Board since 1994 without much opposition, he doesn’t take campaign season lightly. “If you want to do something, … Find out how to read more online.
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W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history now has killed more than 700 people across West Africa. According to new figures released Thursday, at least 57 deaths have been reported in recent … read more.

Cassidy turns up at racetrack instead of court
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy apparently was at Saratoga Race Course as his lawyer was preparing to accept a plea deal on the singer’s behalf in an upstate New York courtroom. Cassidy was charged last summer with … read more.

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dismantle the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire.” Netanyahu said Thursday he will not accept any truce that won’t allow Israel to … read more.

AP Exclusive: Study finds panthers kill livestock
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Since Florida’s frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state’s vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers … read more.

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Church volunteers work behind scenes
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:10PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When an emergency arises, such as a hurricane or a tornado, agencies such as the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army immediately organize to assist those in need. In addition to their efforts, they are aided … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Jul 31 2014 12:38PM
SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED The Charlotte Local Education Foundation’s school supply drive still can use community help. Especially needed are items such as backpacks, pencils, notebooks, binders, folders, scissors, art supplies, highlighters, construction paper and crayons. The drive will run through … Find out how to read more online.

Darkest nights worry sea turtle patrols
Thu  Jul 31 2014 12:32PM
ENGLEWOOD — With the onset of the new moon, Linda Soderquist worried about the impacts upon hatching sea turtle nests. “A few more disorientations — all sky glow to the north of Little Gasparilla Island,” Soderquist reported July 25. She … Find out how to read more online.

Man killed in plane crash was on anniversary trip
Mon  Jul 28 2014 06:48PM
VENICE — On the same day he died, Ommy Irizarry wrote this Facebook love note to his wife. “Today, 9 years ago, I tied my life to my beautiful wife, Rebecca. Wow, how fast time has passed! They say time … Find out how to read more online.

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