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Joe Comeaux flew C-130 transports in Vietnam
Mon  Aug 18 2014 08:00AM
Joe Comeaux of Punta Gorda got out of high school in ’69, just in time for the last of the Vietnam War. “I was in ROTC in college taking pilot’s … Find out how to read more online.
Filmmaker hopes for community support
Tue  Aug 19 2014 04:30PM
NORTH PORT — A local filmmaker is looking for businesses and investors to help get his latest project across the finish line, and hopefully highlight the region and all it … Find out how to read more online.
Guns and mental illness
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
There’s no doubt in 43-year-old Chato B. Stewart’s mind that he’d be dead if he’d had access to a gun that dreadful night in 2004 when he planned to kill … Find out how to read more online.
School boards talk new standards
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
LAKEWOOD RANCH — School boards and staffs from Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties met Wednesday afternoon and shared similar concerns about preparing teachers to instruct — and educating the community … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel areas
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:19AM
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and displaced another … read more.

Parents keep babies off Facebook
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, “a … read more.

Ferguson struggles for order
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:19AM
FERGUSON, Mo. — Ferguson’s leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to “allow peace to settle in” and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of … read more.

Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96
Wed  Aug 20 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded “Saturday Night Live.” Don Pardo, the eras-spanning radio and TV announcer whose resonant voice-over style was celebrated for … read more.

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More Local News
Report: Drunken man wrecks historic chopper
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Almost every day for the last five years, 67-year-old Vietnam War veteran Bill Gard has worked hard to personally restore a piece of history — one of fewer than eight UH-1B Huey Seawolf Vietnam-era helicopters known … Find out how to read more online.

Party a decade in the making
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current state Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam joined the party Wednesday at Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill in Punta Gorda, which played host to a 10-year Hurricane Charley Commemoration Event to honor those … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte’s suicide rate alarming
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
On a warm, sunny morning in June, an 83-year-old Englewood man walked into Englewood Community Funeral Home on South McCall Road and, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, asked if his funeral arrangements were in order. Then, without warning, … Find out how to read more online.

County Commission: At a glance
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
In an effort to help you, the voter, decide whom to choose in local elections, The Arcadian submitted questionnaires to the candidates running for local offices in contested races (County Commission and School Board). This week’s profiles are dedicated to … Find out how to read more online.

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