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Deputy: Girl Scout officer stole $85,000
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:42PM
SARASOTA — Stephanie Mary Person is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from several Girl Scout troops whose young members had sold cookies and had fundraisers for their clubs, according … Find out how to read more online.
Johnny’s Dream Foundation raises $15,000
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:42PM
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell told a standing-room-only crowd his department is doing more now for residents who want help with drug and alcohol recovery. “We understand that rehab is … Find out how to read more online.
Prummell determined to help with recovery efforts
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:42PM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has embarked on a new program to potentially help save lives of individuals seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. The sheriff’s office recently became … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:42PM
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First family goes hiking in national park in Virginia
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:32PM
TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama and the first family are hiking at Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. Their visit Sunday comes as the National Park Service’s celebrates its centennial. The president has marked the week by creating … read more.

Woman who was beaten, set on fire in Georgia home dies
Mon  Aug 29 2016 01:19AM
ATLANTA (AP) — A coroner says an 83-year-old Georgia woman who was badly burned and critically injured during an attempted robbery has died. Meriwether County Deputy Coroner Leonard Wigley Jr. tells local news media that Dorothy Dow died Saturday at … read more.

Turkey lifts headscarf ban for its policewomen
Mon  Aug 29 2016 01:19AM
ISTANBUL (AP) — It is official: Turkey’s female police officers will be able to wear headscarves as part of their uniform. The ruling published by the government’s official gazette this weekend says policewomen can wear headscarves under their caps or … read more.

UN: Gender inequality costs sub-Saharan Africa $95 billion
Mon  Aug 29 2016 01:19AM
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Saharan Africa loses around $95 billion a year due to gender inequality, jeopardizing the continent’s efforts for economic growth, according to a U.N. report launched Sunday. Deeply rooted structural obstacles such as unequal distribution of resources … read more.

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Davidson was driven by passion for racing
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:42PM
Friends remembered LeRoy Davidson as a man driven by a passion for auto racing. Davidson, 69, who helped define local stock-car racing as the founder and owner of the Charlotte County Speedway in Punta Gorda, has died in a three-vehicle … Find out how to read more online.

Statewide website blunder slows voter tally
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:42PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A delay in reporting election night results Tuesday by the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections Office was caused by an issue with the statewide website provider. After the polls closed at 7 p.m., the Charlotte elections website … Find out how to read more online.

Labor Day closures
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:42PM
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all Charlotte County government business offices and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed Sept. 5. All post offices will be closed as well, along with the county and circuit courts. Other offices … Find out how to read more online.

Soft opening planned for memorial Wall
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:40PM
PUNTA GORDA — With the exception of a few amenities — flagpoles, lighting, etc. — the Southwest Florida Vietnam Memorial Wall, a 50 percent replica of the one in Washington, D.C., is ready to be viewed by the public. The … Find out how to read more online.

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