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Leaders push forward on $28M water plant
Wed  Sep 17 2014 07:53PM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders have decided to push ahead with plans to construct a $28 million reverse-osmosis water-treatment plant, despite an ongoing tug-of-war with the Southwest Florida Water Management District … Find out how to read more online.
Today is National Cheeseburger Day
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:27PM
A teriyaki-glazed pineapple-mango combination dripped onto Ashley McCalley’s hand while attempting to bite into her Tiki burger at Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar. With a half pound of beef, salsa, … Find out how to read more online.
Publix spirit drives Day of Caring
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:27PM
MURDOCK — When about 30 Publix employees turned out early Wednesday morning to fix up the grounds at the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, they were met by rain, 100 percent … Find out how to read more online.
County seeks funding advice from state lobbyist
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County’s state lobbyist offered commissioners a political primer Tuesday on how to effectively request legislative funding for local projects. During a county workshop, Cari L. Roth, an … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Stocks end higher as investors await news from Federal Reserve
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose Tuesday as investors waited to find out when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. Stocks flitted between gains and losses through most of the morning, then turned broadly higher in the … read more.

Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:19AM
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country’s rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to … read more.

US ground troops in Iraq possible
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama’s … read more.

Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos
Wed  Sep 17 2014 01:19AM
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and ’90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold. Gangs from coast to coast have toned down … read more.

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Local man wants to help bucket prank victim
Wed  Sep 17 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Lonnie Brick has never met Noah Menson, nor does he have any ties to Bay Village, Ohio, where the 15-year-old boy lives with his family. But when Brick, 48, of Punta Gorda, read about Noah, who is … Find out how to read more online.

Manes ’n Reins means fun ’n prizes ’n ribbons
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jocelyn Jennings, 19, sat up on her horse, Tiny Dancer, and beamed with pride. She was showing off her prize ribbon. Jennings, a Florida Atlantic University senior and former Manes ’n Reins 4-H Horse Club member, was … Find out how to read more online.

CERT-ified citizens wanted
Tue  Sep 16 2014 08:00AM
When the James River overflowed near Chesterfield, Va., about eight years ago, Rick Mathis was ready to help. “For two days, we passed out blankets and gave people hot beverages,” said Mathis, 72, who has since moved to Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.

Environmental center gets new CEO
Mon  Sep 15 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Thomas Hecker is a self-described nature nerd. As one of seven children — the son of a hunter/fisherman — the Naples man and newly appointed CEO of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center grew up appreciating the outdoors. … Find out how to read more online.

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