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Have you seen the lights?
Thu  Dec 14 2017 10:38AM
Port Charlotte area • 3481 Catskill St. 40,000 lights synchronized to beautiful Christmas songs and a couple other cool favorites thrown in. Nearly all LED light display including a 20-foot … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood mother, Venice businessman killed in crash
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
VENICE — Erin Tillot described herself as heavy-hearted Wednesday after learning her co-worker and friend, Shannon Nicole Anderson, died in a car crash Tuesday. “She was a great mom who … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO seeking armed robbery suspect
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help from the public identifying the man who robbed a Circle K employee at gunpoint Tuesday night. The robbery occurred at the convenience … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Commission tidies up business with final 2017 meeting
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The City Commission has covered a multitude of topics in 2017: bringing the Braves spring training stadium to North Port, addressing boats being parked in driveways and … Find out how to read more online.
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One dead in crash near Charlotte County line
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
Bermont Road was closed Tuesday near the Charlotte/Glades County line due to a traffic crash fatality, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. A van traveling west on County Road 74, carrying six people, collided with a semi traveling east. One of … Find out how to read more online.


Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • William Chad Willis, 31, 1100 block of Oceanic Road, Punta Gorda. Charge: out of county warrant. Bond: none. • Barrett Miles Hardin, 45, 7200 block of Mikasa Drive, Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota school officials tackle harassment complaint
Thu  Dec 14 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The complaint filed against the Sarasota County School District led Tuesday’s Sarasota County School Board workshop. A complaint filed Nov. 28 by Booker High School Assistant Principal Lyna Jimenez-Ruiz alleges her superiors have attempted to retaliate after she … Find out how to read more online.

MUMPS the word, and FLU is for real
Wed  Dec 13 2017 08:30AM
As cold and flu season arrives in Southwest Florida — possibly the worst in a long time — some worry there could also be a return of a once nearly eradicated disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and … Find out how to read more online.

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Fed rate increase is 3rd this year; foresees 3 more in 2018
Thu  Dec 14 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the … read more.

US stocks indexes close mostly higher after Fed rate hike
Thu  Dec 14 2017 01:19AM
The major U.S. stock indexes finished mostly higher Wednesday, with small companies notching big gains as lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a deal on a sweeping tax reform package. The Dow Jones industrial average eked out its third … read more.

Former ‘Apprentice’ contestant Omarosa leaving White House
Thu  Dec 14 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Omarosa Manigault Newman — the former “Apprentice” contestant who became one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African -American supporters — was escorted off the White House grounds after resigning her post as a presidential adviser. White House … read more.

Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator
Thu  Dec 14 2017 01:19AM
ISTANBUL — Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration’s much-anticipated effort to hammer … read more.

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