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Adams Publishing Group purchases Sun Newspapers
Tue  Jun 19 2018 02:22PM
The Sun is moving from one family to a larger one. Adams Publishing Group announced Monday the purchase of Sun Coast Media Group, which publishes the Sun Newspapers. The Sun … Find out how to read more online.
Local children join World’s Largest Swim Lesson
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
On Thursday morning, children across Charlotte County made a splash and took part in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson. According to a county press release, thousands of people across the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Deplorable’ living conditions lead to mother’s arrest
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
Rotting food, garbage and hundreds of maggots covered the kitchen table. A gallon of bleach sat on the floor near the kitchen. A broken pair of scissors, a knife and … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda woman faces 20 years in fraud case
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda woman pleaded guilty to wire fraud Thursday, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Licensed real estate broker Hollie Darlene Dustin, 60, owned Home … Find out how to read more online.
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Masseuse on the loose
Fri  Jun 22 2018 08:30AM
Only men come and go from Taiji Massage in Port Charlotte, at least according to surrounding business owners. “There were a lot of men,” said Cats n Dogs owner Nancy Okum about Taiji Massage customers. “Never any women.” Okum and … Find out how to read more online.

Routine trip ends with $1.3M
Thu  Jun 21 2018 01:39PM
Imagine going on a relatively routine trip to the grocery store. Now, imagine that trip earned you $1.3 million. Jodi Hinand, 56, asked her husband to pick up some last-minute items for a salad on his way home from work. … Find out how to read more online.

Hit the road: Fuel prices continue to fall in region
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Gas prices in Charlotte County have hit a record low for this summer. Following national and statewide trends, local prices are dropping by the day. According to, the current average in Charlotte County is $2.60, one of the lowest … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda communications manager terminated
Thu  Jun 21 2018 08:30AM
Punta Gorda leaders were mum this week on why the city’s communication’s manager was fired Tuesday. Lucia Ross had worked for the city since January of this year. In her time as the communications manager, she worked as a liaison … Find out how to read more online.

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Florida woman accused of shining laser at helicopter pilot
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — A woman is accused of pointing a green laser light at a sheriff’s office helicopter that was patrolling a Florida city during a power outage. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release … read more.

Deputies: Man smoked weed while child drowned in pool
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing manslaughter charges after authorities say a child he was watching drowned in a backyard pool while he smoked marijuana with a teenager in the front yard. Bay County Sheriff’s … read more.

Census shows greatest Hispanic growth rate in north Florida
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — North Florida counties led the state in the growth rate of Florida’s Hispanic population last year. But traditional bastions in South Florida and central Florida led in pure numbers. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census … read more.

Naples Zoo in Florida featured in TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Naples Zoo has been inducted into TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame. The Naples Daily News reports the new status comes after the zoo earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award five years in a row. That award … read more.

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