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Students walk in their parents’ shoes for a day
Fri  Apr 29 2016 08:30AM
At 14, Kayla Vaughan is a veteran worker at Bealls. Since she was 8, Vaughan has been going to the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day with her … Find out how to read more online.
Great expectations meet budget restraints
Fri  Apr 29 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The community’s desire for an architecturally distinctive South County Library, with plenty of room for cultural programming and art exhibits, is receiving some pushback from Charlotte officials who … Find out how to read more online.
South of Edgewater next up for sewers
Thu  Apr 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was just last year when Paul Huckestein had to replace his septic system at a cost of $4,000. This week he learned that his area, south … Find out how to read more online.
Students will get free meals
Wed  Apr 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. That won’t be the case for the majority of Charlotte County students when they return to school … Find out how to read more online.
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Girls use pillows as decoys to flee Florida foster facility
Sat  Apr 30 2016 01:19AM
BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Four girls placed pillows under their sheets to make it appear they were sleeping before apparently climbing out a window and scaling a 6-foot fence to flee a facility for foster children near Tampa, officials said … read more.

After several tries Florida finally gets new insurance chief
Sat  Apr 30 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a contentious and bumpy process that saw Florida’s top Republican officials deadlock several times, the state has a new insurance commissioner just weeks before the start of hurricane season. During an emergency meeting on Friday, … read more.

Pilot says he saw 1 of 2 missing teen fishermen
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:47PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A pilot who was part of a massive search to find two missing teen fishermen told investigators he’s positive he saw one floating on debris two days after their boat capsized. According to a report … read more.

Lawsuit: Tampa strip club owes dancers $3.7 million
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:47PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dancers and “door girls” have filed a class action lawsuit against a Tampa, Florida, strip club, claiming they’re owed some $3.7 million in unpaid wages. The lawsuit, filed April 20 in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, names … read more.

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Charlotte to settle juvenile justice suit
Tue  Apr 26 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners today are expected to accept the terms of new legislation, settling a long-standing dispute between about three dozen counties and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. In return for dropping its lawsuit against DJJ, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

Hundreds of students called in sick
Tue  Apr 26 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 200 students were absent from Peace River Elementary School on Friday after reports of a gastrointestinal illness, according to Charlotte County Public Schools spokesman Mike Riley. Riley said some children were sent to the school clinic, … Find out how to read more online.

Spring Lake sewers to connect
Mon  Apr 25 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As Charlotte officials prepare to launch the second stage of the Mid-County sewer expansion project, the initial phase is set to begin home connections next month. The pilot project in East and West Spring Lake is constructing … Find out how to read more online.

Oaks on Henry nears completion
Tue  Apr 26 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — One of the largest construction projects since Hurricane Charley is nearing its Phase I completion — The Oaks on Henry — a two-story complex with one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments. Perry Hoff Jr., co-owner of Perry Huff … Find out how to read more online.

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