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Sat  Dec 10 2016 07:56PM
Weekly record
Sat  Dec 10 2016 07:56PM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Dylan Joshua Niswander of Punta Gorda, and Loren Brittany Gray McLoughlin of Punta … Find out how to read more online.
El Jobean Christmas Parade returns with more holiday spirit
Sat  Dec 10 2016 07:48PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Early Saturday morning, Ken Nedrich prepares for his starring role as Florida Santa Claus in this year’s El Jobean Christmas Parade. His wife, Charlotte, helps him dress … Find out how to read more online.
Parks Master Plan moves forward
Sat  Dec 10 2016 07:48PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Overcoming earlier reservations about the enormous funding challenges contained within the proposed Parks Master Plan, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board unanimously endorsed the long-range plan this … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Record number of manatees killed in 2016 by boats
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A record number of manatees were killed in 2016 by boat strikes, according to state wildlife data, but overall the number of the beloved sea cows increased in Florida this year. Data posted by the Florida Fish … read more.

Florida lost construction, gained health care jobs in recovery
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida gained more wealthy residents but also more families living below the poverty line between 2010 and 2015 when the Sunshine State participated in an economic recovery from a devastating housing crash and the worst recession in … read more.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:48PM
NEW YORK — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, … read more.

Florida to state workers: You can’t give at the office now
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following negative publicity about administrative costs, as well as a critical audit, the administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it had suspended a program that allowed state workers to make charitable donations through their paychecks. … read more.

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Charlotte Players hosts Madrigal Dinner
Sat  Dec 10 2016 07:48PM
The Charlotte Players recently held its second annual Madrigal Dinner at First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte. The Medieval Celebration of Christmas (an English Boar’s Head Feast) began with a Wassail reception with warm spice cider, followed by a feast … Find out how to read more online.

A & E Autos 4 the Needy to donate van to veteran
Sat  Dec 10 2016 07:48PM
A & E Autos 4 the Needy will donate a van to veteran Gary Ginkel at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, at A & E Auto Repair Shop, 1464 Market Circle, Port Charlotte, Florida. Navy veteran Gary Ginkel relocated to … Find out how to read more online.

Schools explore alternatives to suspensions
Sat  Dec 10 2016 07:48PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Punta Gorda resident Merritt Brown, 69, said suspension has changed a lot from his school days. “Suspensions when I was a kid were very rare,” he said. “No one was suspended just for being precocious or rambunctious,” … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Dec 10 2016 08:30AM
Powell McCracken was in disbelief after hearing there was no Toys for Tots drive for children in Charlotte County. “I called the Marine Corps Leagues in Charlotte and Arcadia. I said no Marine can be left behind when he wants … Find out how to read more online.

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