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North Port celebrates highest beam at new ballpark in ‘topping-off’ ceremony
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Major League Baseball is in the seventh-inning stretch of the 2018 season. And so is construction of the Atlanta Braves new spring training facility, where area residents … Find out how to read more online.
He said, she said
Sat  Jul 21 2018 07:46PM
Chris Crowley claims he and his opponent in the race for State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit have one thing in common. They both have been fired by the … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man dies in vehicle versus canal crash
Sat  Jul 21 2018 07:46PM
In the midst of a rainy morning Saturday, a fatal, single- vehicle crash closed the right lane of eastbound S.R. 776. Traffic backed up near the El Jobean Bridge in … Find out how to read more online.
Islanders to help pay for sand
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County commissioners approved new taxing units Thursday to ensure Gulf beaches stay sandy. “We need to get this program going,” said Damian Ochab, president of the South … Find out how to read more online.
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More sea turtles, two dolphins found dead
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Coastal Wildlife Club volunteers hope the loggerhead sea turtle they found will survive. Sea turtle patrol volunteers Jodi Knottingham and Steve Warner discovered a large female loggerhead in physical distress Friday morning on Manasota Key. The CWC called … Find out how to read more online.

Doctor’s wife pleads guilty to health care fraud
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
The wife of a local doctor pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of health care fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Lisa McLaren Janick, 47, of Port Charlotte, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on … Find out how to read more online.

Supply drive underway for Charlotte’s nearly 100 new teachers
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County Public Schools is hiring almost 100 new teachers to make up for last school year’s losses. District data shows 36 instructional staff members retired between July 2017 and June 2018. At least 20 others allegedly left for neighboring … Find out how to read more online.

Cops: Baby’s broken bones lead to her mom’s arrest
Sat  Jul 21 2018 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte mother was arrested Thursday after investigators learned she allegedly caused head trauma and multiple fractures to her 4-month-old baby. The girl’s father brought the baby into the emergency room at Fawcett Memorial Hospital on June 24 because … Find out how to read more online.

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High court nominee gets started answering questions
Sat  Jul 21 2018 09:58PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court has given members of Congress a pile of material to help them start judging the judge. Judge Brett Kavanaugh responded to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that probes his … read more.

Volunteers provide food, care in wake of Iowa tornadoes
Sat  Jul 21 2018 09:38PM
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Businesses and volunteers are pitching in to provide more than cleanup in the wake of the destructive tornadoes that swept through three cities in central Iowa earlier this week. A meatpacking plant provided hot meals to … read more.

Pakistani court convicts ex-lawmaker for substance misuse
Sat  Jul 21 2018 09:38PM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A court convicted a former lawmaker and candidate for the national assembly Saturday giving him a life sentence for the misuse of a controlled substance he obtained for his pharmaceutical company. Hanif Abbasi, a leader of the … read more.

Survivor says life vests not worn on boat that capsized
Sat  Jul 21 2018 09:39PM
BRANSON, Mo. —“Grab the baby!” Those were the last words Tia Coleman recalls her sister-in-law yelling before the tourist boat they were on sank into a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, including nine of Coleman’s family members. A huge wave … read more.

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