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More cheating probed in North Port
Fri  Jan 30 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Fire Chief Bill Taaffe has declined to comment on allegations of cheating in an investigation into three fire employees — two of whom resigned Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
US 41 widening begins
Thu  Jan 29 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The widening of U.S. 41 in north Charlotte County to North Port begins today, as part of a two-year, $31 million project. Also known as Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jan 28 2015 01:05PM
FAIR SCHEDULE The Charlotte County Fair runs from Friday through Feb. 8 at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road (State Road 776), Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-629-4252, … Find out how to read more online.
More cold fronts ahead, but not much rain
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
A couple more cold fronts are headed to Southwest Florida, but the work week should be mostly dry except for Monday, according to Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with the National Weather … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks finish January on weak note
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year. All told, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 3 percent in January, … read more.

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an … read more.

Milk does a body good? A look at the science
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to … read more.

Poet, songwriter Rod McKuen, dies at 81
Sat  Jan 31 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in … read more.

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Punta Gorda man recalls time in German POW camp
Mon  Jan 26 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story. While serving as a 57 mm gunner in the 106th Infantry Division, part of Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army, in December 1944, Pfc. Cliff Birdsall — now 90, of Punta … Find out how to read more online.

Planning Parkside’s Parks
Sun  Jan 25 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Parkside Citizens’ Master Plan beholds a glorious future. A livable and walkable neighborhood, where miles of broad pathways, sheltered by an unending canopy of trees, would connect residential to commercial areas to great public spaces. But … Find out how to read more online.

More homes selling faster, at higher prices
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
Season is in full swing, and so is Southwest Florida’s real estate market, with both home sales and prices surging. The latest housing reports released Friday showed closed sales and median prices for single-family homes across the region jumped in … Find out how to read more online.

Signs of the times
Sat  Jan 24 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Dana Slonaker might have to wave goodbye to her job. Slonaker, a mother of five, relies on her job as a sign spinner at Cheap Smokes in Englewood to bring in money for her family while getting exercise. … Find out how to read more online.

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