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Leaders push forward on $28M water plant
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders have decided to push ahead with plans to construct a $28 million reverse-osmosis water-treatment plant, despite an ongoing tug-of-war with the Southwest Florida Water Management District … Find out how to read more online.
Today is National Cheeseburger Day
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:00AM
A teriyaki-glazed pineapple-mango combination dripped onto Ashley McCalley’s hand while attempting to bite into her Tiki burger at Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar. With a half pound of beef, salsa, … Find out how to read more online.
Publix spirit drives Day of Caring
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:00AM
MURDOCK — When about 30 Publix employees turned out early Wednesday morning to fix up the grounds at the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, they were met by rain, 100 percent … Find out how to read more online.
County seeks funding advice from state lobbyist
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County’s state lobbyist offered commissioners a political primer Tuesday on how to effectively request legislative funding for local projects. During a county workshop, Cari L. Roth, an … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
House OKs Syria plan
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the … read more.

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:19AM
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an … read more.

East Ukraine casualties rise as rebels reject deal
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling in rebel-held parts of east Ukraine killed at least 12 civilians on Wednesday, as a top leader of pro-Russia rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of … read more.

Dow closes at record after Fed keeps rates intact
Thu  Sep 18 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve told investors to expect low interest rates for a while yet, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to a record high. After drifting along for most of … read more.

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Local man wants to help bucket prank victim
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Lonnie Brick has never met Noah Menson, nor does he have any ties to Bay Village, Ohio, where the 15-year-old boy lives with his family. But when Brick, 48, of Punta Gorda, read about Noah, who is … Find out how to read more online.

Manes ’n Reins means fun ’n prizes ’n ribbons
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jocelyn Jennings, 19, sat up on her horse, Tiny Dancer, and beamed with pride. She was showing off her prize ribbon. Jennings, a Florida Atlantic University senior and former Manes ’n Reins 4-H Horse Club member, was … Find out how to read more online.

CERT-ified citizens wanted
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
When the James River overflowed near Chesterfield, Va., about eight years ago, Rick Mathis was ready to help. “For two days, we passed out blankets and gave people hot beverages,” said Mathis, 72, who has since moved to Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.

Environmental center gets new CEO
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Thomas Hecker is a self-described nature nerd. As one of seven children — the son of a hunter/fisherman — the Naples man and newly appointed CEO of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center grew up appreciating the outdoors. … Find out how to read more online.

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