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A breakfast to champion a new roof
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors is sponsoring a fundraising effort to put a new roof on the historic Trabue House. The association is sponsoring a breakfast from … Find out how to read more online.
Local music program needs funds to avoid sounding off
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Peace River Elementary School student Daytona Crandall, 9, wants to be a musician. She recently practiced her hand positions, posture and breathing techniques for playing the flute … Find out how to read more online.
Architectural tour of Florida Southern College planned
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
“Out of the ground and into the light, a child of the sun” is how Frank Lloyd Wright described his work at Florida Southern College in Lakeland according to FrankLloydWrightatfsc.com. … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s Office to host Alzheimer’s Education event
Fri  Dec 2 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is hosting an Alzheimer’s Education event today, sponsored by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and A Better Solution of Punta Gorda. In coordination … Find out how to read more online.
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Sheriff: Suspect in credit union hostage-taking charged
Fri  Dec 2 2016 01:19AM
JACKSONVILLE — After an armed robbery suspect put a gun to the back of one hostage’s head, SWAT team members resolved at the first chance they had Thursday to storm a north Florida credit union where nearly a dozen people … read more.

Dead man found inside SUV with pile of parking tickets on windshield
Fri  Dec 2 2016 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — For four days, city parking officers slapped tickets on an SUV parked three blocks from the Broward County Courthouse. When Carolyn White noticed the pile of citations, she wondered what was going on. She stepped closer … read more.

California Attorney General pick pledges affront to Trump
Fri  Dec 2 2016 01:19AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The longtime Democratic congressman slated to become California’s next attorney general immediately took a combative stance against Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration after being named to the post Thursday, promising to defend the state’s liberal stances … read more.

Starbucks: Schultz to step down as CEO, focus on innovation
Fri  Dec 2 2016 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is stepping down as CEO of the coffee chain he joined more than 30 years ago and transformed into a global brand. Schultz will become executive chairman in April to focus on innovation … read more.

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Red tide stirred up on Manasota Key
Fri  Dec 2 2016 01:27PM
ENGLEWOOD — Not even toxic red tide algae in the air deterred Nancy and David Kennery from shelling on Blind Pass Beach Wednesday. “When the surf was quiet, it was next to nothing, but when the surf is kicking up … Find out how to read more online.

Advocate honored by Drug Free Communities
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Lauri Ray says the weekly phone calls from a now-clean drug addict are the reward for her efforts. Ray, the founder of Johnny’s Dream Foundation in Englewood, helped four people in the past several months check into rehab … Find out how to read more online.

Gulf coast not alone fighting beach erosion
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
Florida’s Atlantic coastal counties, like Charlotte and Sarasota counties on the Gulf Coast, find themselves having to find money to protect and maintain their beaches. On Florida’s Atlantic coast, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties — like Sarasota and … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota ponders regional planning council role
Thu  Dec 1 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Will Sarasota County leave the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council based in Fort Myers? The inclination expressed by county commissioners during their Nov. 22 meeting was a likely yes, but formal action will not take place until the … Find out how to read more online.

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