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Palm Auto Mall to be sold to Bradenton franchise
Tue  Jan 17 2017 06:16PM
Punta Gorda’s Palm Auto Mall, a burgeoning business emblem along Tamiami Trail for 61 years, was in negotiations late Tuesday to be sold to the Gettel Automotive Group of Bradenton, … Find out how to read more online.
After 61 years, JoAnn is ‘unemployed’
Tue  Jan 17 2017 06:16PM
When JoAnn Helphenstine and her husband, Bob, married nine months, arrived in Punta Gorda in 1955, there was a traffic backup, of sorts, at Marion Avenue. A bait and tackle … Find out how to read more online.
Second trial underway in Sidarovich killing
Tue  Jan 17 2017 06:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — After Tara Sidarovich’s death, David McMannis began acting strangely, according to the state’s opening statement at the start of his murder trial Tuesday. Just five hours after … Find out how to read more online.
Local chiropractor killed in crash
Tue  Jan 17 2017 06:16PM
William “Rocky” Aker, 47, whose hands touched the lives of many in Charlotte and Sarasota counties, died in a three-vehicle crash Monday in Manatee County. According to the Florida Highway … Find out how to read more online.
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Officials: FBI arrests widow of Orlando nightclub shooter
Tue  Jan 17 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, has been arrested by the FBI in connection with the attack, authorities said Monday. Noor Salman was taken … read more.

Nine early astronauts carrying on US space history
Tue  Jan 17 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Early U.S. space history is fading with the deaths of Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, John Glenn, the last of the Mercury 7 astronauts, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on … read more.

Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters
Tue  Jan 17 2017 01:19AM
BOISE, Idaho — A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts across the West who fear losing access. Lawmakers earlier this … read more.

Mysterious stranding kills 81 false killer whales off Southwest Florida
Tue  Jan 17 2017 01:19AM
MIAMI — More than 80 false killer whales have been found dead after stranding themselves along the remote coast of Southwest Florida in Everglades National Park, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. So far, the death toll is … read more.

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final ride
Tue  Jan 17 2017 08:30AM
Everyone who knew Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman C. Lewis describes him the same way. They call him “Big Norm” — a gentle giant, always smiling, full of infectious laughter and plenty of bear hugs he gave away … Find out how to read more online.

Pursuing the ‘Dream’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Margaret Spann remembers the dogs that attacked her, and the disrespect, as she marched for civil rights in Florida decades ago. Spann, 82, is the grand marshal of the Martin Luther King Jr. parade today in Punta Gorda, but other … Find out how to read more online.

MLK parade/rally speakers: His dream lives on
Tue  Jan 17 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Representing the Charlotte County Democratic Party, Betty Gissendanner yelled out to the crowd watching the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade, “We’re keeping the dream alive!” For more than 20 years, the Benjamin J. Baker Community Development … Find out how to read more online.

For now, library project on shelf
Mon  Jan 16 2017 08:30AM
Don’t misinterpret those really big shovels digging in the dirt at the site of a new county library proposed for Punta Gorda. The heavy equipment is doing remedial work — clearing debris found in previous soil tests — with the … Find out how to read more online.

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