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Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen … Find out how to read more online.
Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead, 1 injured in ‘Yacht Club’ ATV crash
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — One young man is dead, and his young female companion seriously injured, after an ATV crash midday Saturday on Redneck Yacht Club property. The approximately … Find out how to read more online.
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Taco Bell, Pizza Hut join trend: Artificial ingredients getting booted
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they’re getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing. Instead of “black pepper flavor,” … read more.

Black widow spider crawls out of bag of grapes, bites woman
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman has been bitten by a black widow spider her family says was hiding in a bag of grapes. WCAX-TV reports the 21-year-old Colchester resident spent a night at a hospital after being treated … read more.

Floodwaters deepen in Houston
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
HOUSTON — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation’s fourth-largest city. Meanwhile, the … read more.

US home prices rose at steady pace in March from year ago
Wed  May 27 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in March, pushed higher by a limited supply of houses for sale. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5 percent in March from 12 months earlier, … read more.

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Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Realtor Association, Realtors in Charlotte County reported a total … Find out how to read more online.

Motorists must be vigilant on air bag recall
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
Limited updates are prompting panicked calls to local car dealerships from motorists seeking information about the massive air bag recall impacting perhaps 34 million drivers. The recall has Bill Nelson, Florida’s senior U.S. senator, angry. “Folks shouldn’t have to drive around wondering … Find out how to read more online.


Emergency Operations gearing up for hurricane season
Thu  May 21 2015 08:30AM
With hurricane season just around the corner, the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center held an exercise Monday with the county departments and other organizations that respond during emergencies. Among those represented were DeSoto County Fire Rescue, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, … Find out how to read more online.

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