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Charlotte to work on drainage
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners agreed with Public Works this week that the county should consider taking back easements to stem flooding in Rotonda West — at least on a … Find out how to read more online.
Woman’s sentence reduced
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Lisa Christopolus may be released from prison in less than three years, after her 40-year sentence was overturned Friday. Christopolus, 38, maintains she was suicidal in 2012 … Find out how to read more online.
Woman says mental health issues ignored
Fri  Sep 23 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about Lisa Christopolus, who is serving a 40-year prison sentence after being convicted of aggravated assault for shooting at two Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Popeye’s road trip won’t be as long
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
Some Charlotte County residents planning a Popeye’s chicken road trip soon won’t have to make the drive to Lee County or Sarasota any more. The spicy stuff will be a … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Gov. Scott to put $25M toward developing Zika vaccine
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has been highly critical of the federal response to the outbreak of the Zika virus, used his emergency powers Thursday to direct $25 million in state money toward helping to develop … read more.

2 opioid overdoses every hour in South Florida epidemic
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Someone overdoses on heroin or other opioid drugs in South Florida every two hours, part of a growing drug abuse epidemic affecting wide swaths of the country, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Miami U.S. Attorney … read more.

Man charged with riding manatees in Florida Keys
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
(AP) — Authorities say a Florida Keys man has been arrested for riding and harassing manatees. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report say 47-year-old James Massengale Jr. was arrested Friday after witnesses saw him touching two adult manatees … read more.

Court: Felon hunter didn’t break gun laws
Fri  Sep 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Supreme Court ruling Thursday is good news for felons who like to hunt, bad news for deer. The court ruled that an appeals court was correct in overturning Christopher Douglas Weeks’ conviction for being … read more.

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Pirate Fest expecting 15,000 visitors
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
Punta Gorda residents can see their town inundated with pirates and tourists for the Seventh Annual Fishermen’s Village Pirate Fest, which began Friday and continues through Sunday. Fishermen’s Village received a $20,000 grant for marketing from the Visitor’s Bureau to … Find out how to read more online.

TEAM Punta Gorda announces new event
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
T EAM Punta Gorda has announced an exciting new event: Paddle Punta Gorda. This is a kayak event on the beautiful Punta Gorda waterways on Nov. 12 for adults 18 and older. A $25 registration fee includes one of five … Find out how to read more online.

Habitat helps another family
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity hosted a dedication ceremony for Jessica Sharp recently for her new Port Charlotte residence. Sharp’s residence marks the 350th house built through Habitat’s program. Sharp received gifts during the ceremony donated by various organizations, groups, … Find out how to read more online.

Construction begins on new sheriff’s station
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
It’s taken awhile, but Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell cannot wait until his officers will occupy a new District 1 station in Englewood East. “This facility will not just make us more efficient, but it will allow us to bring … Find out how to read more online.

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