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Englewood launches ‘Waterfest’ plans
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Planning for the Englewood Beach Waterfest in November 2015 is on its way. The goal is for the Offshore Powerboat Association to stage powerboats qualifying and racing off … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Although it’s highly unlikely to see a White Christmas in Southwest Florida, meteorologist Robert Garcia with the National Weather Service said he and his colleagues “never rule it out.” While … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor … Find out how to read more online.
WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a central Florida Walmart store so his friend could steal toys. The men — 30-year-old Tarus Scott and 27-year-old Genard Dupree — were arrested Tuesday on … read more.

Legion of Honor medal winners honored
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Two 89-year-old veterans of World War II were honored at a reception after receiving France’s Legion of Honor medals. Herbert Brucker and Linwood “Nemo” Farmer received their medals in earlier and were guests of honor … read more.

SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week’s planned launch of an unmanned supply capsule until January. … read more.

Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement
Fri  Dec 19 2014 01:19AM
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States complicates matters for Havana’s chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and leaders across … read more.

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Suncoast Humane opens local thrift store
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A short line formed outside the Suncoast Humane Society thrift store before the shop made its debut this week. Sheila Crouch, one of the first customers, was on her way to the nearby Dollar Tree, when she … Find out how to read more online.

Crossroads hosts WinterFest
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s being dubbed the world’s shortest parade, and judging by the route, that’s no hyperbole. Punta Gorda’s inaugural Santa Parade to benefit the AMIKids Crossroads’ group foster home for boys will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday … Find out how to read more online.

Boil water alert scheduled to end today for Harbour Heights
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
HARBOUR HEIGHTS — A boil water alert resulting from Sunday’s water main break remains in effect until 2 p.m. today, according to the Charlotte Harbor Water Association. The pipes were fixed Sunday night, but the water has to cycle through, … Find out how to read more online.

Building a kayak with wings
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
At age 81, Skip Rasmussen, of Punta Gorda, is flying headlong into a new life venture. He’s building a twin-engine airplane in his Punta Gorda Isles garage. In life, he’s already developed his own photos at age 10, flown as … Find out how to read more online.

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