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State Attorney candidates clash over issues
Fri  May 25 2018 08:30AM
Candidates for State Attorney faced off at the Charlotte County Republican Club’s monthly dinner at the Isle Yacht Club Wednesday. Amira Fox and Chris Crowley, both Republicans vying for the … Find out how to read more online.
CCI inmate punches female correctional officer
Fri  May 25 2018 08:30AM
An inmate at the Charlotte Correctional Institution picked up a new charge Wednesday after sending a female correctional officer to the hospital with serious head injuries, the Florida Department of … Find out how to read more online.
Calm before the storm Mother Nature vs. Memorial Day
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
The week’s daily downpours are only the start of the storm season for Southwest Florida. The area’s chance of rain and thunderstorms will only increase for Memorial Day weekend, according … Find out how to read more online.
DeSoto Sheriff: Probation officer arrested on child porn charges
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
A DeSoto County probation officer is accused of having child pornography on his work computer. Ruben Martinez, 53, of Arcadia, was arrested Friday on six charges of possessing child pornography. … Find out how to read more online.
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Charlotte approves new storm shutter ordinance
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
This year, homeowners have just 30 days after the end of hurricane season to take down any unpermitted storm shutters before incurring a code violation. The new ordinance was approved by the Charlotte County Commission Tuesday. Zoning Official Shaun Cullinan … Find out how to read more online.

Crime rate drops locally, statewide
Wed  May 23 2018 04:02PM
From 2016 to 2017, crime in Charlotte County decreased by more than 12 percent, according to the Uniform Crime Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday. Likewise, Sarasota County crime decreased by more than 5 percent. Both … Find out how to read more online.

Police adding 2 positions for ‘hot spots’
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Police Chief Pam Davis wants to hire two new officers to patrol “hot spots” with the goal of stopping trouble before it happens. Davis said the department often receives complaints about traffic enforcement issues, areas where there is … Find out how to read more online.

‘Twisted Fork’ restaurant coming to Harley-Davidson dealership
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson has announced the name of the new restaurant which will be going up as part of its new entertainment complex later this year. Twisted Fork will be a rustic, automotive/motorcycle-themed restaurant serving up a variety of … Find out how to read more online.

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Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 31; 9 deaths
Fri  May 25 2018 12:32AM
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometers, a World Health Organization official said as the health ministry on Thursday announced that confirmed cases had … read more.

Space station accepts special delivery from Virginia
Fri  May 25 2018 12:32AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station accepted delivery Thursday of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia. A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Wallops Island. Orbital ATK shipped … read more.

Maui’s Kapalua Bay Beach tops Dr. Beach’s best beach list
Fri  May 25 2018 01:19AM
A crescent-shaped beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui got the top slot Thursday on the list of best beaches issued annually by a Florida professor known as Dr. Beach. Kapalua Bay Beach topped the list released by Stephen Leatherman, … read more.

Last year Jacksonville and Fruitland Park, led Florida in growth
Fri  May 25 2018 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — When city manager Gary La Venia first arrived in the city of Fruitland Park five years ago, his commute was on a two-lane road bordered by open fields on either side. Nowadays, that same route has become … read more.

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