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Swiftmud agrees to partial funding — with caveat
Thu  Jul 24 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has agreed to earmark roughly $1.5 million in funding for preliminary water testing in connection with Punta Gorda’s proposed reverse-osmosis plant, provided … Find out how to read more online.
Stormy dispute rages on
Wed  Jul 23 2014 09:40AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County again is rattling its sabers over its share of the cost to reconstruct the Peace River water plant. Having already raised the specter of a legal … Find out how to read more online.
Men with beards sought for contest
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:28AM
ENGLEWOOD — The boys from “Duck Dynasty” built an empire from duck calls and their signature long beards. The theme song to their wildly popular reality show is sung by … Find out how to read more online.
$704M school budget advances
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board unanimously approved a $704 million tentative budget — a reduction of $69 million from last fiscal year — and a lower millage … Find out how to read more online.
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S&P 500 ekes record high
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market eked out a record high Wednesday, as investors weighed positive earnings from the technology industry against disappointing news from Boeing and other companies. Apple’s earnings topped Wall Street expectations, helped by rising shipments … read more.

40 bodies returned to Dutch soil
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:19AM
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. The carefully … read more.

Cease-fire talks advance
Thu  Jul 24 2014 01:19AM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll … read more.

US flights dodge Tel Aviv
Wed  Jul 23 2014 01:19AM
JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over … read more.

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Bird blamed for accident
Thu  Jul 24 2014 09:30AM
An injured woodpecker is being blamed for a two-car collision Monday that sent an Englewood woman to the hospital. Jennifer Ellen Nemes, 48, of the 6200 block of Philco Street, was taken to Englewood Community Hospital Monday after her car … Find out how to read more online.

Area home sales steady
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
The local real estate market remains strong, with homes sold last month in the Charlotte County area fetching the highest median sales price of the year, according to data released Tuesday. There were 361 single-family homes sold in the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte to set island fire assessments
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Knight and Don Pedro property owners were happy with the Englewood Area Fire Control District until the cost of fire protection increased. Now, Charlotte County will provide those services and will set municipal service benefit unit rates for … Find out how to read more online.

Cistern users win a stay from water utility hookups
Wed  Jul 23 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners weren’t ready Tuesday to require island property owners to hook up to the Little Gasparilla Water Utilities. Commissioners held a public hearing to clarify a long-standing ordinance — a point County Attorney Janette Knowlton reiterated … Find out how to read more online.

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