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Bondi speaks to local Republican base
Wed  Sep 3 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi made a Labor Day visit to Port Charlotte, drumming up support for her campaign and the GOP cause at an outdoor rally … Find out how to read more online.
Willis had eventful tours in ’Nam
Wed  Sep 3 2014 01:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the second of two parts. South Venice resident Bill Willis, 84, had an extensive Army career after joining the military at age 17, with postings … Find out how to read more online.
Deputies’ actions save lives
Wed  Sep 3 2014 01:00AM
The call came in on the early evening of June 27 — there was a disturbance between a man and a woman at a restaurant in Placida. Sgt. Scott Clemens was … Find out how to read more online.
Boil notice issued for Burnt Store
Sun  Aug 31 2014 06:31PM
Charlotte County Utilities has declared a precautionary boil water notice for the entire Burnt Store Utilities service area served by Charlotte County Utilities due to a failure at the Burnt … Find out how to read more online.
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Stocks end mixed, energy shares fall
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. stocks ended mostly lower on Tuesday, retreating from records set the previous month, as falling crude oil prices dragged energy shares down and offset strong manufacturing data. The S&P energy index fell 1.3 percent as … read more.

Frontline marches toward Ukraine port
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) — The war is being fought just over the hills. Civilians have started to flee the city. But the men of the vast Ilyich iron and steel works in the Ukrainain port of Mariupol are still in … read more.

Islamic State beheading
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
DUBAI — The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents … read more.

Bieber charged with assault, dangerous driving in Canada
Tue  Sep 2 2014 10:20PM
TORONTO (Reuters) — Pop star Justin Bieber was charged with assault and dangerous driving over the weekend after an incident near the small Canadian town where he grew up, one of his lawyers said in a statement on Tuesday. The … read more.

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Throw the book at ’em
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Ron Smith met legendary football coach Howard Schnellenberger 15 years ago. It didn’t take long for Smith to develop a deep respect and appreciation for the coach and his illustrious career, which included four college football championships … Find out how to read more online.

Bill Willis had extensive Army career before heading to Vietnam
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: This story is the first of two parts. Billy Willis was a command sergeant major, a 30-year man in the U.S. Army — a lifer. The 84-year-old retired enlisted man, who lives with his wife, Angie, in the … Find out how to read more online.

Beach it early to avoid holiday rain
Mon  Sep 1 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE— Beachgoers and grill masters should get the holiday fun started early Labor Day if they want to avoid those pesky afternoon Florida showers and downpours throughout the area today. National Weather Service meteorologist Rodney Wynn said today’s weather … Find out how to read more online.

Cardboard boats are race-worthy
Sun  Aug 31 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Krystal Pearl is a princess. Hugged by a bright pink Cinderella life vest, the 6-year-old boarded her boat the Princess Pearl in hopes of winning the Cardboard Boat Race Saturday morning. Although the brightly colored cardboard castle boat … Find out how to read more online.

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