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‘We did not tie up the land just to sit on it’
Mon  Feb 27 2017 12:00AM
MURDOCK — As the final closing date approaches for the Murdock Village property, the developer is moving forward with plans to transform the vacant land into a master- planned community … Find out how to read more online.
Long-vacant home being renovated for a Punta Gorda eatery
Mon  Feb 27 2017 12:00AM
A long-vacant historic home is being renovated for a downtown Punta Gorda restaurant. Local developer Bruce Laishley, who recently bought the building at 321 West Retta Esplanade, said Carmelo’s Italian … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man served on minesweeper in Pacific
Mon  Feb 27 2017 12:00AM
Duane Waterman, who lives south of Punta Gorda, served aboard a minesweeper, USS YMS-200, at the end of World War II. He was a seaman 1st class, and she was … Find out how to read more online.
He can’t convince VA he was not at Pearl Harbor
Mon  Feb 27 2017 12:00AM
The Department of Veterans Affairs insists William Moyer was burned on his hands and face during an explosion on his ship at Pearl Harbor in 1958. Moyer, who lives in … Find out how to read more online.
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Rick Scott gets post that may elevate national profile
Mon  Feb 27 2017 12:00AM
Gov. Rick Scott will be second-in-command of a Republican organization that played a huge financial role in his re-election. On Friday the Republican Governor’s Association named Scott their vice chairman, replacing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who resigned and was … read more.

Justices turn down FPL in power line dispute
Mon  Feb 27 2017 12:00AM
TALLAHASSEE — The state Supreme Court on Friday turned down an appeal by Florida Power & Light in a case about whether the utility could be required to install underground transmission lines as part of a nuclear-power project in Miami-Dade … read more.

Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again
Sun  Feb 26 2017 07:37PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten livestock. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, … read more.

Air Force officer’s sexual assault sentence called lenient
Sun  Feb 26 2017 07:37PM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force noncommissioned officer convicted of misconduct with eight women, including three who accused him of sexually assaulting them, was sentenced to three months confinement and another month of hard labor, a punishment a victims’ … read more.

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Mixed messages
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
Since President Donald J. Trump took office, local immigration attorneys have seen their clients grow fearful of law enforcement. Without legal documentation, foreign-born residents are afraid the simplest interactions with a police officer could lead to deportation and separation from … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Feb. 20: 1-Ann Beers, 4520; 2-Barb Lutz, 3420; 3-Corlotta Crowell, 3900; 4-Tom Zinneman, 3390. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Slam Bridge winners Feb. 22: 1-George Miller; 2-Maria Couper; 3-Diane Floramo; 4-Geri Dempsey. Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Leroy William Anthony of South Jamesport, N.Y., and Colleen Joy Carreiro of Kingston, R.I. • Charlene Ann Johnston of Harrisville, N.Y., and Carey … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte County to fund new hangar
Sun  Feb 26 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — With a substantial financial commitment expected from Charlotte County, essential flight-training facilities for Western Michigan University could soon take shape at Punta Gorda Airport. If the funding proposal is approved next week, the County Commission would provide … Find out how to read more online.

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