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Gov. Scott to make stop in Punta Gorda today
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:33PM
PUNTA GORDA — In an effort to shore up early votes in a race that’s down to the wire, Gov. Rick Scott today will campaign in the city during his … Find out how to read more online.
Officials quiet about fatal shooting
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:33PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Few details were unveiled in an incident report released Wednesday by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office about this week’s fatal shooting at Charlotte Harbor RV Park. Residents … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween treat for county workers: A pay raise . . . finally
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — On the last day of the month, Charlotte County employees will receive quite a Halloween treat with their first pay raise in seven years. The 3 percent pay … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Sunshine Lake algae due to natural causes
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — An ongoing study of the Sunshine Lake/Sunrise Waterway has determined the likely cause of the algae contamination to be a natural occurrence. With more than 80 percent of … Find out how to read more online.
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Crist, Scott do Debate 3
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
JACKSONVILLE — Florida’s leading candidates for governor clashed fiercely during their final debate on Tuesday night, sniping at each over everything from the economy and the minimum wage to the death penalty. Both Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Rick … read more.

Rally cry heard on Wall Street
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its best day of the year. Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results … read more.

Militants seize weapons cache meant for Kurds
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of … read more.

Unaffiliated voters in Florida say no to political parties
Wed  Oct 22 2014 01:19AM
ORLANDO — Signing up new voters at high schools and job fairs, Carol Davis has noticed that the registrants, especially younger ones, are increasingly choosing neither the Democratic or Republican parties. They instead are picking “No Party Affiliation,” and they … read more.

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Home sales remain solid
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month compared to 277 sales in September 2013, according to the … Find out how to read more online.

Students join ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a toy. Then the Charlotte Academy teacher began strumming Beethoven’s “Fur Elise,” and students … Find out how to read more online.

2 confirmed dead in shooting near Peace River
Tue  Oct 21 2014 03:16PM
Two are confirmed dead Tuesday in what authorities are calling a domestic disturbance. The Charlotte County sheriff’s office won’t go as far as calling it a murder-suicide at this point, but look for more coverage in Wednesday’s Charlotte Sun. A … read more.

Homicide report: Driver was speeding
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The local man charged last week with vehicular homicide was driving at 61 mph when his car struck and killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June, according to a 27-page Florida Highway Patrol report released … Find out how to read more online.

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