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A breakfast to champion a new roof
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors is sponsoring a fundraising effort to put a new roof on the historic Trabue House. The association is sponsoring a breakfast from … Find out how to read more online.
Local music program needs funds to avoid sounding off
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Peace River Elementary School student Daytona Crandall, 9, wants to be a musician. She recently practiced her hand positions, posture and breathing techniques for playing the flute … Find out how to read more online.
Architectural tour of Florida Southern College planned
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
“Out of the ground and into the light, a child of the sun” is how Frank Lloyd Wright described his work at Florida Southern College in Lakeland according to FrankLloydWrightatfsc.com. … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s Office to host Alzheimer’s Education event
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is hosting an Alzheimer’s Education event today, sponsored by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and A Better Solution of Punta Gorda. In coordination … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
US casts watchful eye on Cuban crossings after Castro death
Sat  Dec 3 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI — Rodolfo Lledes departed Cuba and headed for Florida with 26 others on a motorized raft made of empty 55-gallon drums. Claudia Cruz Perez wound her way on buses, boats and planes through South America to the U.S.-Mexico border, … read more.

Ex-Defense Department employee sentenced to 6 years
Sat  Dec 3 2016 01:19AM
SAN DIEGO — A retired Department of Defense contracting supervisor was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for accepting bribes from a Malaysian businessman nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who is at the center of the Navy’s worst corruption case. Paul … read more.

Lodging near highest mountain peak in Northeast US proposed
Sat  Dec 3 2016 01:19AM
CONCORD, N.H. — The owners of a historic cog railway that climbs up New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, want to build an upscale hotel a mile from the summit, in keeping with hotels that once … read more.

Tiger cubs raise cuteness quotient at Milwaukee County Zoo
Sat  Dec 3 2016 01:19AM
MILWAUKEE — Three 11-week-old Amur tiger cubs romped and wrestled together as they made their public debut at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The two females, named Eloise and Bernadette, and the male, named Kashtan, were born Sept. 14. Zookeeper Amanda … read more.

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Red tide stirred up on Manasota Key
Fri  Dec 2 2016 01:27PM
ENGLEWOOD — Not even toxic red tide algae in the air deterred Nancy and David Kennery from shelling on Blind Pass Beach Wednesday. “When the surf was quiet, it was next to nothing, but when the surf is kicking up … Find out how to read more online.

Advocate honored by Drug Free Communities
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Lauri Ray says the weekly phone calls from a now-clean drug addict are the reward for her efforts. Ray, the founder of Johnny’s Dream Foundation in Englewood, helped four people in the past several months check into rehab … Find out how to read more online.

Gulf coast not alone fighting beach erosion
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
Florida’s Atlantic coastal counties, like Charlotte and Sarasota counties on the Gulf Coast, find themselves having to find money to protect and maintain their beaches. On Florida’s Atlantic coast, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties — like Sarasota and … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota ponders regional planning council role
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Will Sarasota County leave the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council based in Fort Myers? The inclination expressed by county commissioners during their Nov. 22 meeting was a likely yes, but formal action will not take place until the … Find out how to read more online.

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