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Wells clean, so far, after Mosaic incident
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
So far, so good. A 45-foot-wide sinkhole that let millions of gallons of contaminated water flow from Mosaic Fertilizer’s plant in Mulberry into the Floridan Aquifer has not affected at … Find out how to read more online.
Mochi’s story is a mouthful
Fri  Sep 30 2016 10:03AM
No need to get all tongue-tied about this. It’s best to just spit it out. Carla Rickert’s dog Mochi has the longest tongue in the dog world. Or maybe it’s … Find out how to read more online.
Tropical storm still far out; late summer weather continues
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Matthew became a hurricane Thursday afternoon, but it’s still too far away to impact Florida. National Weather Service Meteorologist Tom Dougherty said the storm, located 300 miles south … Find out how to read more online.
Veteran gets BBQ thank you
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
On Sunday at American Legion Post 110 in Port Charlotte, Art McGinnis, president of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Sfc. Jack L. Conway Chapter 759, was surprised by … Find out how to read more online.
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Slippers lead to suspect’s arrest in Florida church fire
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
FORT PIERCE (AP) — A 38-year-old man is charged with arson after police say he set fire to a Fort Pierce church. Police spokesman Ed Cunningham says cameras at Indian River Presbyterian Church captured the arsonist pouring a liquid on … read more.

Coast Guard: Number of Cubans caught at sea surges higher
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard says the number of Cubans intercepted at sea while trying to reach U.S. shores has risen even higher amid Washington’s increasing contact with Havana. According to a Coast Guard statement , authorities encountered 7,358 … read more.

SpaceX’s Elon Musk turns to science fiction for Mars ship
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) — If SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s plan to establish a city on Mars sounds like science fiction, then consider the name of his first passenger ship. The answer lies in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the … read more.

Power goes out for more than an hour at Universal Studios
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Power went out for more than an hour and a half at Universal Studios in Orlando, forcing passengers to be evacuated from the Men in Black and Transformers rides. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said that the cause … read more.

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Gulf Contours Custom Cabinets finds new life as RV supplier
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
Grabbing back a lucrative contract with a national luxury RV maker has brought new life to longtime Punta Gorda Airport industrial tenant Gulf Contours Custom Cabinets after 18 months of lackluster business. For co-owner Jerry Goin and his company that … Find out how to read more online.

Police Beat
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Kathryn Lani Stinson, 27, of Sarasota. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • David Alan Scherbert, 25, 1600 block of Meadowlark Lane, Rotonda West. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. … Find out how to read more online.

Red tide holding on Manasota Key
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A steady onshore wind from the west and a tumbling surf Thursday stirred up in the air the toxic red tide along Manasota Key’s Gulf shoreline. “It started as soon as we opened the car doors,” Lindsay Pass … Find out how to read more online.

Positive response to Murdock Village offer
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Commission candidates and real estate experts are enthusiastic about a proposal to transform half of Murdock Village into a mixed-use development. The Private Equity Group, LLC, of Fort Myers, wants to spend $11.6 million for 450 … Find out how to read more online.

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