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Local Publix employee wins $500,000 lottery
Tue  May 3 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Debra Maletich, 53, of Port Charlotte, couldn’t believe her eyes when she scratched off a $5 Flamingo Multiplier ticket purchased at the store where she works and … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda Council tackles food trucks, pickleball, Alligator Creek
Thu  May 5 2016 08:30AM
It was a win for food trucks, a setback for pickleball, extra innings for the Peace River Wildlife Center and another step forward for the Punta Gorda Isles Alligator Creek … Find out how to read more online.
Body found in harbor identified as missing boater
Tue  May 3 2016 08:30AM
A body pulled from the waters at Burnt Store Marina near Punta Gorda was identified late Monday as a missing boater who had not been seen since last week, authorities … Find out how to read more online.
School in mourning
Mon  May 2 2016 01:56PM
NORTH PORT — Students, staff and residents gathered Sunday at North Port High School to remember Antoinette “Ann” Gordon, who was gunned down Friday in Port Charlotte in what police … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Florida Gov: Prepare for Zika virus like it’s a hurricane
Thu  May 5 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSE (AP) — Florida’s governor says the U.S. government needs to prepare for the Zika virus like it’s a hurricane. Forecasts for a hurricane threatening U.S. coasts trigger certain federal response operations. In a statement Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott says … read more.

FSU student reps: No headdresses at Seminoles games
Thu  May 5 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University’s student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games. The Student Government Association approved the nonbinding, formal opinion by a 27-4 vote on April 20 asking the university’s … read more.

Florida teen’s family suing over death on SC ropes course
Thu  May 5 2016 01:19AM
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The family of a Florida teen has sued over her death at a high ropes course last summer in South Carolina, accusing the group that ran the camp and the company that sold the swing she fell … read more.

Chimp victim hospitalized with face-transplant complications
Thu  May 5 2016 01:19AM
HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut woman who underwent a face transplant five years ago after being attacked by a chimpanzee is back in a Boston hospital after doctors discovered her body is rejecting tissue from the transplant. Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, … read more.

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Edgewater widening faces delays
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — From their home on Edgewater Drive, Jamie and Rich Stone have a front-row seat to the long-running saga of the road-expansion project. And there has been plenty of drama to capture their attention. They have seen work … Find out how to read more online.

Construction impacting drivers
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Denise Ellis of Port Charlotte Florist said the business — at 900 Tamiami Trail — has been “in the zone” of the U.S. 41 widening project for a while. “There were a couple of days where they had to tear out … Find out how to read more online.

Alleged murder-suicide in Port Charlotte
Fri  Apr 29 2016 09:30PM
At 7:02 p.m., Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple 911 calls reporting multiple shots fired in the vicinity of McDonald’s, 3232 Tamiami Trail, by the Promenades Mall in Port Charlotte. “When we arrived, we discovered two people deceased, one … Find out how to read more online.

Midway project rolls on — below ground
Tue  May 3 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — With still another two and a half years left on the Midway Boulevard widening project, no one is yet making plans for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. But county officials are saying that progress is being made. And when the … Find out how to read more online.

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