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Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:08PM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Sept. 19: 1-Bucky Jacques, 3940; 2-Ann Lewis, 3710; 3-Marty DeWitte, 3410; 4-Linda Kopp, 3400. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Ladies Bridge winners Sept. … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:08PM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Gerald Guy Rodebush of Port Charlotte, and Pamela Ruth Sampson of Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Airport Authority election results puzzle candidate
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:08PM
More than a week after coming up short in the Aug. 30 Republican primary for Charlotte County Airport Authority District 1, Mark Futch is still insisting backers of incumbent Pam … Find out how to read more online.
County mulls $2M fence to prevent jail deaths
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Prompted by inmates plunging to death and injury, the County Commission is considering a new, more secure, second-floor barrier at the Charlotte County Jail, at a cost of … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Gov. Scott to put $25M toward developing Zika vaccine
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has been highly critical of the federal response to the outbreak of the Zika virus, used his emergency powers Thursday to direct $25 million in state money toward helping to develop … read more.

2 opioid overdoses every hour in South Florida epidemic
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Someone overdoses on heroin or other opioid drugs in South Florida every two hours, part of a growing drug abuse epidemic affecting wide swaths of the country, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Miami U.S. Attorney … read more.

Man charged with riding manatees in Florida Keys
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
(AP) — Authorities say a Florida Keys man has been arrested for riding and harassing manatees. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report say 47-year-old James Massengale Jr. was arrested Friday after witnesses saw him touching two adult manatees … read more.

Court: Felon hunter didn’t break gun laws
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Supreme Court ruling Thursday is good news for felons who like to hunt, bad news for deer. The court ruled that an appeals court was correct in overturning Christopher Douglas Weeks’ conviction for being … read more.

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Educational signs installed on Harborwalk
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:06PM
Local residents and visitors walking along Punta Gorda Harborwalk now have the opportunity to learn about the estuary and mangroves they see on their way, thanks to new Interpretive Natural Resource signs put up by TEAM Punta Gorda. The signs … Find out how to read more online.

Low supply drives home prices higher
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:06PM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Home prices across the region took a giant step forward over the past year, as distressed properties continue to have much less market impact. In Charlotte, the median sales price for single-family homes jumped 17.5 percent year-over-year, … Find out how to read more online.



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