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Memorial Day weather promises sun and rain
Mon  May 30 2016 01:00AM
The forecast shows mostly sunny skies on Memorial Day morning. Still, as some activities extend into the afternoon, Southwest Floridians should look out for showers and thunderstorms. “The morning will … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Caregiver tried to kill WWII vet
Sat  May 28 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A World War II veteran who survived 35 bombing runs over Nazi-occupied Europe nearly died after his caretaker beat him four times in the head with an … Find out how to read more online.
County, businesses merge on Olean improvements
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Aligning with the wishes of local merchants, the County Commission Tuesday approved a five-lane, undivided highway for the Olean Boulevard widening project. Currently, Olean Boulevard is a three-lane … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Transit may lower fares
Tue  May 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Transit will be dropping the basic price of a one-way ride from $3 to $2 if the County Commission approves the proposal today. The fare reduction … Find out how to read more online.
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Girl shot in head while in father’s car in Detroit has died
Mon  May 30 2016 01:19AM
DETROIT (AP) — A 2-year-old girl who was shot in the head in Detroit during a dispute between two groups has died. St. John Hospital spokesman Brian Taylor said Makanzee Oldham died Sunday. She was shot Wednesday while in a … read more.

A veteran’s race against time to return WWI Purple Hearts
Mon  May 30 2016 01:00AM
ST. ALBANS, Vt. — A group that seeks to reunite lost Purple Hearts with service members or their descendants is embarking on an ambitious project: to return 100 such medals or certificates earned in World War I before the 100th … read more.

Court blocks Texas execution set for this week
Mon  May 30 2016 01:19AM
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man set for execution this week for the slaying of a 64-year-old suburban Dallas grandmother during a burglary of her home more than 18 years ago has won a reprieve. The Texas Court of Criminal … read more.

Child in critical condition after Paris lightning strike
Mon  May 30 2016 01:19AM
PARIS (AP) — A child remains in critical condition after a lightning bolt disrupted a birthday party in a Paris park, injuring several. Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning Saturday in Park Monceau as they hid under … read more.

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CEO resigns from Charlotte Community Foundation
Tue  May 24 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Julia Steele resigned last week as chief executive officer of the Charlotte Community Foundation. “She’s primarily moving on to pursue other opportunities,” said CCF Board Chairwoman Mary Byrski. “It was her choice to resign.” Steele could not … Find out how to read more online.

Surviving suicide
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After losing his youngest son to suicide six years ago, Paul Andrews said he received support at first, but later some people told him to get over it. “After the funeral, that’s when the tsunami hit,” Andrews … Find out how to read more online.

WMU receives tentative OK to start aviation program here
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Western Michigan University is a step closer to establishing pilot training and other programs in Charlotte County after securing a provisional license. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the seven-member Florida Commission for Independent Education granted contingent approval … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda wants new garbage collection system
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City staff got its “marching orders” to come up with a plan for the sanitation department to switch from its rear-loader garbage trucks to new multi-pack garbage trucks at last week’s City Council meeting. “We’ve got our … Find out how to read more online.

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