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Officer fired, 8 suspended after inmate’s death
Thu  Apr 24 2014 05:42PM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — A corrections officer at Charlotte Correctional Institution was fired this week, but authorities won’t say whether his termination was related to the investigation into the … Find out how to read more online.
Longtime resident celebrates 100th birthday
Thu  Apr 24 2014 06:31PM
ENGLEWOOD — At 100, Helen Salins feels like she has lived five lives. The longtime Polynesian Village resident, who celebrated her 100th birthday on April 18, has done many things in … Find out how to read more online.
Historic church hosts Civil War presentation
Thu  Apr 24 2014 07:44PM
ENGLEWOOD — Reliving the Civil War era has become a passion for Tom and Dolly Geffert of Punta Gorda. A meeting over 10 years ago with an active Civil War re-enactment “veteran” piqued the … Find out how to read more online.
Council hopes to increase healthy assets for youth
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:46PM
Funding from a Florida agency could help improve the lifestyles for Charlotte County youth. The Children’s Services Council received a $24,000 grant from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, said … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Chiquita asks court to toss terror payments case
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
MIAMI (AP) — Produce giant Chiquita Brands International says the U.S. is the wrong place for lawsuits to be pursued against it by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war. A Chiquita attorney asked an … read more.

ABC signs Stephanopoulos to contract extension
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News has signed George Stephanopoulos to a contract extension, the last member of its “Good Morning America” team to agree to a new deal. ABC News President James Goldston said Thursday that Stephanopoulos will remain … read more.

Kiev: Moscow is backing eastern separatists
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s acting president has accused Russia of backing separatists in the country’s restive east and demanded that Moscow stop its intimidation campaign and leave his country alone. Oleksandr Turchynov said in an address to the nation … read more.

Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
Thu  Apr 24 2014 02:50PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government says it has decided to halt peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a new unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions. The decision appears to end a nine-month peace initiative by U.S. Secretary … read more.

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Crime rate hits low
Thu  Apr 24 2014 08:00AM
The total number of serious crimes in Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties dropped from 2012 to 2013, and all three counties saw the lowest number of index crimes per 100,000 residents in more than two decades, according to the latest … Find out how to read more online.

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives donation
Thu  Apr 24 2014 06:01PM
Curt Cooke, of Generous Property, recently presented a donation to Erin Ives development associate for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast (BBBSSC), a local nonprofit organization that helps children in the community realize their potential. “We are grateful, … Find out how to read more online.

Clearing ditches an ongoing task
Thu  Apr 24 2014 07:51PM
ENGLEWOOD — A wall of cattails 10 or more feet tall almost stands like a privacy fence in the drainage ditch behind Alice Kelsey’s home on Denmark Street in Englewood East. But to Kelsey, the cattails are unsightly, attract snakes and … Find out how to read more online.


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