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Southwest Florida goes into moderate drought
Sun  Feb 19 2017 04:14PM
Lack of winter rain and warmer-than-normal temperatures have pushed Southwest Florida from abnormally dry into moderate drought. “Southwest Florida is officially in a moderate drought,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 04:13PM

Englewood a model for sewer expansion?

Facing much the same dilemma that now confronts Charlotte County, the Englewood Water District embarked on a widespread, septic-to-sewer expansion project in 1996. Besides …

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‘The real question is affordability’
Sun  Feb 19 2017 04:13PM
MURDOCK— At this week’s workshop session, county commissioners are expected to receive a consultant’s report on how to fund the wastewater expansion project, leading to a crucial decision on how … Find out how to read more online.
Bucket list trip will take them around the world
Sun  Feb 19 2017 04:14PM
Dan and Agnes Long are serious about their bucket list. So serious, to hear Agnes tell it, the couple put up their life’s savings, took out a second mortgage and … Find out how to read more online.
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A month of Trump: Tweets and turmoil for the 45th president
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables … read more.

Pence says US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:19PM
MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will “hold Russia accountable” and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed … read more.

States in US West mark 75th anniversary of internment order
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:19PM
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — States in the American West are marking the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that forced 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans into internment camps. Most were from Oregon, … read more.

Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm
Sat  Feb 18 2017 04:18PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least two people, eased off Saturday but it was only a temporary reprieve … read more.

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Education runs through family trees
Sun  Feb 19 2017 03:44PM
For many years, Marcia and Mike Louden worked together. The couple moved from Colorado to Englewood in 1983, after they were offered jobs at Lemon Bay High. Mike retired as the assistant principal and Marcia left the high school and … Find out how to read more online.

Solar energy surging, from the ground up
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
On the ground, Florida Power & Light Co. tripled its solar output this year with the installation of a million photo voltaic solar panels at new solar energy centers in Charlotte, DeSoto and Manatee counties. Additionally, the company is in the … Find out how to read more online.

Ann Mercer, Cape Haze- Pioneer Trail advocate, died
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
GROVE CITY — Bicyclists or runners along the Cape Haze-Pioneer Trail should stop a moment and think of Ann Mercer. She saw a battered and defunct railroad bed and envisioned what it could be. Mercer, 98, died Feb. 12. Her … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Feb. 13: 1-Lucia Kelly, 4230; 2-Barb Lutz, 3740; 3-Fred Kuss, 3700; 4-Alfi Yanchik, 3540. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Partners Bridge winners Feb. 9: 1-Colleen and Jerry Shoemaker; 2-Diane and Chuck Floramo; 3-Frank … Find out how to read more online.

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