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Festival to boost local tourism
Tue  Apr 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Kelly Williamson handles marketing for the waterfront hotel, Four Points by Sheraton, in the city’s downtown. Normally, the popular hotel has no problem accommodating guests this time … Find out how to read more online.
Rain, thunderstorms possible this week
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents experiencing weather in spring that feels more like summertime can expect more of the same this week. Based on temperatures at the Charlotte County Airport, meteorologist Rodney … Find out how to read more online.
Day on the water a way to say thanks
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
Lorraine Geiser, commodore of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, stood at a podium on the grounds Saturday and addressed the 20 local veterans who were about to be treated to … Find out how to read more online.
Incorporation push goes public
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 50 residents and business people turned out Thursday for the initial public meeting regarding a possible incorporation drive for Port Charlotte. And many were as anxious … Find out how to read more online.
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Willie Nelson enters marijuana business
Tue  Apr 21 2015 01:19AM
SPOKANE, Wash. — Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20. The move makes the 81-year-old “Roll Me Up and … read more.

US warships deployed
Tue  Apr 21 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — In a stepped-up response to Iranian backing of Shiite rebels in Yemen, the Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared … read more.

Student armed with crossbow, machete kills teacher
Tue  Apr 21 2015 01:19AM
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A 13-year-old Spanish boy armed with a crossbow and a machete killed a substitute teacher and wounded four other people at his school in Barcelona on Monday, police said. The unidentified boy was detained by police … read more.

Refugee migration keeps coming
Tue  Apr 21 2015 01:19AM
CATANIA, Sicily — European leaders struggled for an adequate response in the face of unremitting migrant flows and continued instability in Libya following the feared drowning of as many as 900 people in the latest Mediterranean tragedy. In Sicily early … read more.

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Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor was one of dozens of local members of the Special … Find out how to read more online.

Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of green grass, adding to the beauty that Mother Earth already … Find out how to read more online.

Gated communities making a comeback
Mon  Apr 20 2015 04:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In 2004, after paying $28.9 million for 370 acres in North … Find out how to read more online.

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