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Fire veteran retires after 30 years
Sat  Aug 2 2014 12:25AM
In 1963, the year before Gregg Bala was born, his father and grandfather helped to start a volunteer fire department in Punta Gorda, at the site that is now Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sales-tax holiday is time to shop
Sat  Aug 2 2014 12:25AM
The sales-tax holiday is in full swing through midnight Sunday, and shoppers across the state are celebrating the savings. Florida families will get a break on sales taxes this weekend … Find out how to read more online.
Sales-tax holiday is time to shop
Sat  Aug 2 2014 12:25AM
The sales-tax holiday is in full swing through midnight Sunday, and shoppers across the state are celebrating the savings. Florida families will get a break on sales taxes this weekend … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Port Charlotte man caught with child porn
Sat  Aug 2 2014 12:25AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 36-year-old local man has been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography. Again. Daniel Edward Palmer — a sex offender, having been convicted of 12 counts of possessing … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Israel pushes deeper into Gaza
Fri  Aug 1 2014 09:38PM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally … read more.

S&P 500 has worst week in 2 years
Fri  Aug 1 2014 09:36PM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell for a second day Friday, adding to the massive sell-off the day before and giving the market its worst week in two years. Investors found little reason to move money into stocks, faced … read more.

Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at crash site
Fri  Aug 1 2014 09:36PM
HRABOVE, Ukraine — Wearing gloves and carrying blue plastic buckets, international investigators finally began gathering up body parts and victims’ belongings Friday in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down. Artillery boomed in the distance as the 70-member … read more.

Judge: Draw new map
Fri  Aug 1 2014 09:36PM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis wants the new map by Aug. 15, meaning … read more.

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Report: Port Charlotte man caught with child porn
Sat  Aug 2 2014 12:25AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 36-year-old local man has been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography. Again. Daniel Edward Palmer — a sex offender, having been convicted of 12 counts of possessing child porn in 2009 — was arrested Thursday on … Find out how to read more online.

Winners ‘Show Us’ nature’s beauty
Sat  Aug 2 2014 12:25AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — For Rick Fried, being among the first winners of the local tourism bureau’s photography contest was gratifying, but not as rewarding as being out on upper Shell Creek for his serene waterscape of kayakers among the palms. … Find out how to read more online.

Aeromed to the rescue
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
Laurie Duppenthaler said she will never forget helping a little boy in Charlotte County who was involved in a lawn mower accident last year. “The lawn mower ran over his foot, and we had to fly him to Tampa,” Duppenthaler, … Find out how to read more online.

Crash claims roadside worker
Fri  Aug 1 2014 08:00AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Christopher Allen Best, … Find out how to read more online.

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