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Big step forward for home sales
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
With home sales already off to a fast start this year, March sales reached even greater levels in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors reported … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John W. Arens told the story of an Army combat medic’s heroism during the Korean War. The medic was tending to a wounded … Find out how to read more online.
Local homeless cats find love in UK
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
Brian and Jenny Port were not looking for a cat. As a matter of fact, the two residents of the United Kingdom were not even supposed to be in Englewood. … Find out how to read more online.
Shop churns up business, despite recall
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a good month, Harborwalk Scoops + Bites ice cream shop dishes out as much as 120 gallons of ice cream a week. Two-thirds of the sweet … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Medicaid schism endures
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:44PM
TALLAHASSEE — House and Senate leaders weren’t backing off their opposing positions on Medicaid expansion Friday during tense budget negotiations leading into the final week of the Legislative session. But they did manage to find enough common ground to jump-start … read more.

Stocks rise on tech earnings
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:44PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. The modest gains helped close out a relatively strong week for U.S. stocks, with the three major … read more.

Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:44PM
MILAN (AP) — Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday. … read more.

Ukraine calls for arms supplies as Russian troops worry NATO
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:43PM
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine urged its allies to send it weapons and accused rebels of persistent cease-fire violations as NATO warned about an increase in Russian troop movement both near and across the border. Russia said it was concerned about … read more.

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More Local News
School to start earlier in 2015-16
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
The new school year will start a little earlier for 2015-16, thanks to Gov. Rick Scott who signed House Bill 7069 into law on Tuesday. Under the new law, schools may start as early as Aug. 10. DeSoto Assistant School … Find out how to read more online.

Last weekend to see The Story of Jesus — ‘Experience of a lifetime’
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
You have only one more weekend to see The Story of Jesus this year. The popular passion play is held annually in Wauchula, in Hardee County, and is a spectacular event including a cast of more than 200 actors and … Find out how to read more online.

City chooses five administrator finalists
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
Nearly six months after former administrator Tom Slaughter was fired, the Arcadia City Council is poised to hire its next city administrator. The council gathered for a one-item special agenda meeting Monday night, during which Senior Advisors coordinator Kurt Bressner … Find out how to read more online.

Aviation company hopes to land in Arcadia
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
Visiting the Sebring airport, it’s easy to miss Eagle Vistas’ headquarters nestled between rows of hangars in the property’s commercial district. A quick glance overhead reveals a seemingly non-stop flow of air traffic heading in and out, and the steady … Find out how to read more online.

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