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Illness keeps kids home in Charlotte
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:33PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — More than 70 Charlotte County Public Schools students have stayed home sick this week due to an illness health officials suspect is the highly contagious norovirus. The … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Fireman accused of molesting relative
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:08PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — A local man who works for the Boca Grande Fire Department has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an underage relative, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Gas prices going down? Not so fast
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
As recently as Monday, northbound U.S. 41 motorists crossing the bridge into Port Charlotte could get a gallon of gas for around $3.23. By the end of the day Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
City to welcome estuary program
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders will welcome a new neighbor and environmental partner today at a special ceremony at City Hall. City Council members and staff will hold a ribbon-cutting … Find out how to read more online.
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Fla. officer on leave after using stun gun on woman
Wed  Oct 1 2014 10:20PM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation after he fired a stun gun into a 61-year-old woman’s back during an arrest in a Tallahassee neighborhood. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo … read more.

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
Wed  Oct 1 2014 10:20PM
WASHINGTON — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama … read more.

Ebola patient sent home at first
Wed  Oct 1 2014 10:20PM
DALLAS — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday … read more.

US stocks drop sharply
Wed  Oct 1 2014 10:20PM
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a rough start to October for financial markets Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping more than 200 points as investors reacted to a round of negative economic news in the U.S. and … read more.

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Fired correctional officers begin appeals
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Correctional officers who recently were fired for their alleged roles in the death of a local prison inmate are beginning to appeal the Florida Department of Corrections’ decision to terminate them before a death investigation … Find out how to read more online.

Slow going in Deep Creek
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is looking at various ways to relieve the congestion choking the Kings Highway and Sandhill Boulevard intersection. A possible solution, however, would require permission to use the land of Florida Power & Light Company for a … Find out how to read more online.

Parkside ‘gateway’ biz moves
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When the Car Center of Charlotte County relocated to U.S. 41 from its original location on Peachland Boulevard in May of last year, it never really found a home. Leo Dickert, sales manager at the used-car lot, … Find out how to read more online.

Tarpon students share school news
Wed  Oct 1 2014 02:11PM
Art Club draws interest at Charlotte High By ALEXIS WHITE CHS Junior There are dozens of clubs at Charlotte High School, but the Art Club catches the eyes of students like no other. Art instructor Renee Massolio is the founder … Find out how to read more online.

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