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Memorial Day weather promises sun and rain
Sun  May 29 2016 06:51PM
The forecast shows mostly sunny skies on Memorial Day morning. Still, as some activities extend into the afternoon, Southwest Floridians should look out for showers and thunderstorms. “The morning will … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Caregiver tried to kill WWII vet
Sat  May 28 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A World War II veteran who survived 35 bombing runs over Nazi-occupied Europe nearly died after his caretaker beat him four times in the head with an … Find out how to read more online.
County, businesses merge on Olean improvements
Wed  May 25 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Aligning with the wishes of local merchants, the County Commission Tuesday approved a five-lane, undivided highway for the Olean Boulevard widening project. Currently, Olean Boulevard is a three-lane … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Transit may lower fares
Tue  May 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Transit will be dropping the basic price of a one-way ride from $3 to $2 if the County Commission approves the proposal today. The fare reduction … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Tropical Storm Bonnie ruins long weekend on Carolina beaches
Sat  May 28 2016 09:24PM
Tropical Storm Bonnie ruins long weekend on Carolina beaches CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Bonnie formed Saturday afternoon off the coast of South Carolina as heavy rains from the system ruined the start of the long holiday weekend. Top … read more.

Ohio zoo kills gorilla to protect small child in enclosure
Sat  May 28 2016 09:24PM
By DAN SEWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — A special zoo response team shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla Saturday that grabbed and dragged a 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director said. Authorities … read more.

NASA successfully inflates new space station room
Sat  May 28 2016 09:22PM
By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA successfully inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, producing the world’s first pump-it-up compartment for astronauts. The operation took much longer than expected, … read more.

AP-NORC Poll: Voters interested, not excited about election
Sat  May 28 2016 09:22PM
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Mary Heintzelman shakes her head in disgust over the presidential election. “I don’t think we have a candidate that’s really suitable to be president in either party,” says Heintzelman, an administrative assistant from Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her … read more.

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CEO resigns from Charlotte Community Foundation
Tue  May 24 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Julia Steele resigned last week as chief executive officer of the Charlotte Community Foundation. “She’s primarily moving on to pursue other opportunities,” said CCF Board Chairwoman Mary Byrski. “It was her choice to resign.” Steele could not … Find out how to read more online.

Surviving suicide
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After losing his youngest son to suicide six years ago, Paul Andrews said he received support at first, but later some people told him to get over it. “After the funeral, that’s when the tsunami hit,” Andrews … Find out how to read more online.

WMU receives tentative OK to start aviation program here
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Western Michigan University is a step closer to establishing pilot training and other programs in Charlotte County after securing a provisional license. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the seven-member Florida Commission for Independent Education granted contingent approval … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda wants new garbage collection system
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City staff got its “marching orders” to come up with a plan for the sanitation department to switch from its rear-loader garbage trucks to new multi-pack garbage trucks at last week’s City Council meeting. “We’ve got our … Find out how to read more online.

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