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Great expectations meet budget restraints
Thu  Apr 28 2016 07:38PM
MURDOCK — The community’s desire for an architecturally distinctive South County Library, with plenty of room for cultural programming and art exhibits, is receiving some pushback from Charlotte officials who … Find out how to read more online.
South of Edgewater next up for sewers
Thu  Apr 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was just last year when Paul Huckestein had to replace his septic system at a cost of $4,000. This week he learned that his area, south … Find out how to read more online.
Students will get free meals
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. That won’t be the case for the majority of Charlotte County students when they return to school … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to settle juvenile justice suit
Tue  Apr 26 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners today are expected to accept the terms of new legislation, settling a long-standing dispute between about three dozen counties and the Florida Department of Juvenile … Find out how to read more online.
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Cute alert: Florida manatee gives birth to twins
Thu  Apr 28 2016 01:19AM
SARASOTA (AP) — Scientists say a manatee that swims in waters near Sarasota has given birth to rare twins. The Herald-Tribune reports the manatee, Tomo-Bella, who has been observed by marine biologists since 1993, was spotted by an onlooker in … read more.

13-year-old with replica weapon shot by police in East Baltimore
Thu  Apr 28 2016 01:19AM
BALTIMORE — A 13-year-old boy was shot by Baltimore police officers in East Baltimore who said he was carrying a replica weapon, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday evening. Police said two detectives saw the youth with what looked like … read more.

Police shooting of armed musician heads to grand jury
Thu  Apr 28 2016 01:19AM
WEST PALM BEACH — A grand jury will decide whether a former police officer should face charges in the fatal shooting of a legally armed black musician who was waiting on the side of the road for a tow truck, … read more.

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Hundreds of students called in sick
Tue  Apr 26 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 200 students were absent from Peace River Elementary School on Friday after reports of a gastrointestinal illness, according to Charlotte County Public Schools spokesman Mike Riley. Riley said some children were sent to the school clinic, … Find out how to read more online.

Spring Lake sewers to connect
Mon  Apr 25 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As Charlotte officials prepare to launch the second stage of the Mid-County sewer expansion project, the initial phase is set to begin home connections next month. The pilot project in East and West Spring Lake is constructing … Find out how to read more online.

Oaks on Henry nears completion
Tue  Apr 26 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — One of the largest construction projects since Hurricane Charley is nearing its Phase I completion — The Oaks on Henry — a two-story complex with one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments. Perry Hoff Jr., co-owner of Perry Huff … Find out how to read more online.

Sun wins Pulitzer Prize
Thu  Apr 28 2016 04:33PM
When Monday’s Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, the small market Sun newspapers emerged from the giants to capture a first place for Editorial Writing. The Sun newspapers, which covers Charlotte and Sarasota counties, beat out the New York Times, Boston … Find out how to read more online.

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