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Reverse mortgages: More home defaults on the way?
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:31PM
It was back in October when Kristen Conti, a broker-owner of Golf Breeze Realty in Port Charlotte, received special training on reverse mortgages from Fannie Mae. As a direct broker … Find out how to read more online.
Rain and cold don’t stop fairgoer fun
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Bad weather didn’t stop folks from coming out to the Charlotte County Fair to get in some funnel cake, cotton candy and rides before the annual event … Find out how to read more online.
Fair auction bittersweet for some
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
It was Saturday afternoon, the next-to-last day of the Charlotte County Fair, and its agricultural program was showing both of its faces as it came to an end with its … Find out how to read more online.
Wife and community members rally to free inmate
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Angela Evans fears her husband will die in prison. Her husband, Jerome Platt, of Punta Gorda, is recovering from throat cancer. The chemotherapy and radiation controlled the … Find out how to read more online.
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Bill would put a stop to red-light cameras
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would bring the use of red-light cameras to a screeching halt received narrow support in a Senate committee Thursday after the sponsor argued cities and counties use the traffic enforcement devices to raise cash rather … read more.

UCF hit by data breach involving Social Security numbers
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — The University of Central Florida says a hacker has gained access to 63,000 Social Security numbers belonging to former and current students and workers. UCF President John Hitt said Thursday in an online letter that school officials … read more.

Lottery winner must pay former boyfriend part of winnings
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
SANFORD (AP) — Jurors say a central Florida woman who won $1 million lottery jackpot must pay $291,000 to her former boyfriend, who had claimed he gave her the money to buy the ticket. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the … read more.

Central Florida man faces felony littering charge
Fri  Feb 5 2016 01:19AM
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS (AP) — A central Florida man is facing felony littering charges after a contracting firm hired by Seminole County spent nine hours cleaning more than 31 tons of trash from his home. Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alan … read more.

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Parents react to recent student deaths
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three young people have died since Christmas Eve. And that’s three too many, according to a group of concerned Englewood mothers who want to take action as quickly as possible to help any children who are hurting. After … Find out how to read more online.

Grand Champion her ‘dream come true’
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was a couple of hours before the steer show Friday night, and Alexis Burkett was busy grooming her steer, Slugger. In fact, the area behind the barn at the Charlotte County Fair was buzzing with last-minute … Find out how to read more online.

Rotonda II court appeal fought to near draw
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Neither the property owners who filed the “Rotonda II” suit nor Charlotte County can feel like total victors. The Second District Court of Appeal denied both of their appeals last month. “They certainly must be more disappointed that … Find out how to read more online.

Residential development transfers in the works
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Two property owners want Charlotte County commissioners to let them take their residential development rights elsewhere. The requests are listed among the items on the commission’s consent agenda Tuesday. The Andress Family Florida and Rotonda Lakes II partnerships … Find out how to read more online.

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