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Illness keeps kids home in Charlotte
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:17PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — More than 70 Charlotte County Public Schools students have stayed home sick this week due to an illness health officials suspect is the highly contagious norovirus. The … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Fireman accused of molesting relative
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:08PM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — A local man who works for the Boca Grande Fire Department has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an underage relative, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Gas prices going down? Not so fast
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
As recently as Monday, northbound U.S. 41 motorists crossing the bridge into Port Charlotte could get a gallon of gas for around $3.23. By the end of the day Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
City to welcome estuary program
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders will welcome a new neighbor and environmental partner today at a special ceremony at City Hall. City Council members and staff will hold a ribbon-cutting … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
First US Ebola case
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
DALLAS — Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa. … read more.

S&P loses ground in September
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Major indexes drifted to a slight loss, leaving the Standard & Poor’s 500 down 1.6 percent for September, its third monthly … read more.

Tremors raise concern at Japan volcano
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
KISO, Japan (AP) — Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still … read more.

Islamic State may be wary of upsetting Turkey
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:19AM
SILOPI, Turkey — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 620-mile fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle’s door. “IS took over last night,” the power plant’s … read more.

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Fired correctional officers begin appeals
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Correctional officers who recently were fired for their alleged roles in the death of a local prison inmate are beginning to appeal the Florida Department of Corrections’ decision to terminate them before a death investigation … Find out how to read more online.

Slow going in Deep Creek
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is looking at various ways to relieve the congestion choking the Kings Highway and Sandhill Boulevard intersection. A possible solution, however, would require permission to use the land of Florida Power & Light Company for a … Find out how to read more online.

Parkside ‘gateway’ biz moves
Mon  Sep 29 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When the Car Center of Charlotte County relocated to U.S. 41 from its original location on Peachland Boulevard in May of last year, it never really found a home. Leo Dickert, sales manager at the used-car lot, … Find out how to read more online.

North Port to investigate FEMA cheating claims
Wed  Oct 1 2014 01:46PM
NORTH PORT — For a second day, city Public Works employees were counseled on the ramifications of cheating on Federal Emergency Management Agency testing. No one was asked if he had cheated. While North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis didn’t … Find out how to read more online.

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