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Boardwalk, fishing pier coming to Live Oak Point
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Live Oak Point, a relaxing retreat that opened up a year ago in Charlotte Harbor, will see increased activity July 4 and in the coming months. Looking out … Find out how to read more online.
New Meadow Park principal has roots in district
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Matthew Loge is the new Meadow Park Elementary principal, but he is not a stranger to the school district. Loge, 45, worked for the Charlotte County school … Find out how to read more online.
Wein, Prafke re-elected
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — That was easy. Two Punta Gorda City Council incumbents were the only candidates to file by Friday’s deadline for two council seats, eliminating the need for a … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
Resale Shop offers specials Today is the last day the framed art department is 40 percent off. The linen department has many comforters in all sizes, towels and sheet sets … Find out how to read more online.
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US stock indexes hold steady as oil’s dismal week eases
Fri  Jun 23 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes held steady Thursday after the price of oil halted its slide, at least for now. Energy stocks fell again, but not by nearly as much as earlier in the week, after crude rose for … read more.

Qatar Airways seeks stake in American Airlines
Fri  Jun 23 2017 01:19AM
DALLAS — State-owned Qatar Airways is attempting to buy 10 percent of American Airlines, a surprising move that would trigger an antitrust review by the U.S. government and carry political and trade-policy implications. American said in a regulatory filing Thursday … read more.

‘Imagine’ if Britain stays in EU
Fri  Jun 23 2017 01:19AM
BRUSSELS — While European Union chief Donald Tusk may still be “a dreamer” hoping that Britain is having second thoughts on leaving the EU, other leaders at Thursday’s EU summit tried to shake him back to reality. Discord over whether … read more.

London fire: Tests show other high-rises have suspect panels
Fri  Jun 23 2017 01:19AM
LONDON — Tests so far have found that at least seven high-rise apartment buildings in England have combustible external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed 79 people in London, Prime Minister Theresa May’s … read more.

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Jury seated for Lewis trial
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Four men and three women were chosen Friday evening for the trial of Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis. Lewis faces a culpable negligence misdemeanor charge in the death of retired citizen Mary Knowlton last Aug. 9. … Find out how to read more online.

North Port sex offender arrested in drug bust
Sat  Jun 24 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Port man was arrested by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Thursday during a “buy bust” drug sting in Punta Gorda. Jason Lessard, 37, of the 5300 block of Globe Terrace, agreed to sell $500 worth … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota County to merge military charter schools
Fri  Jun 23 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board voted to merge Sarasota Military Prep Academy and Sarasota Military Academy. The merge will combine the schools into a middle and high school facility for sixth-through-12th grades. It will also extend the school … Find out how to read more online.

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