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WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Wed  Dec 17 2014 03:20PM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to … Find out how to read more online.
Suncoast Humane opens local thrift store
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A short line formed outside the Suncoast Humane Society thrift store before the shop made its debut this week. Sheila Crouch, one of the first customers, was … Find out how to read more online.
Crossroads hosts WinterFest
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s being dubbed the world’s shortest parade, and judging by the route, that’s no hyperbole. Punta Gorda’s inaugural Santa Parade to benefit the AMIKids Crossroads’ group foster … Find out how to read more online.
Boil water alert scheduled to end today for Harbour Heights
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
HARBOUR HEIGHTS — A boil water alert resulting from Sunday’s water main break remains in effect until 2 p.m. today, according to the Charlotte Harbor Water Association. The pipes were … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Early rally fizzles; US indexes lower
Wed  Dec 17 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Sudden twists in the price of oil and currency trading turned the stock market into a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday. Major indexes opened lower as falling oil prices and a plunge in the Russian ruble weighed … read more.

Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters
Wed  Dec 17 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures’ film “The Interview” that referred to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The group also released a trove of … read more.

Russian ruble plummets despite bank rate hike
Wed  Dec 17 2014 01:19AM
MOSCOW — The Russian ruble came under intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one point by a catastrophic 20 percent to a new historic low despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate hike from Russia’s Central Bank. Russian officials were clearly … read more.

Horror at Pakistan school
Wed  Dec 17 2014 01:19AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all of them students — before government troops ended the siege. The massacre of … read more.

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Building a kayak with wings
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
At age 81, Skip Rasmussen, of Punta Gorda, is flying headlong into a new life venture. He’s building a twin-engine airplane in his Punta Gorda Isles garage. In life, he’s already developed his own photos at age 10, flown as … Find out how to read more online.

Caribbean Celebration a hit
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida Caribbean American Association held its inaugural Holidays of the Caribbean Celebration over the weekend at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. The theme for this year’s successful event was “Taste of the Caribbean,” and it was free and … Find out how to read more online.


Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Katelyn Dawn Lewis, 23, 1400 block of Achilles St., Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Anderson Lee McSwain III, 23, 3100 block of Crestwood Drive, Port Charlotte. … Find out how to read more online.

Chorale voices paint seasonal ‘Images’
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Under the direction of Dr. William Dederer, the Charlotte Chorale presented Images of the Season Saturday afternoon onstage at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.

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