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Popular dog park to close for renovations
Mon  Jan 23 2017 08:30AM
Lisa Vasquez is a regular at the Hounds on Henry dog park in Punta Gorda. She comes with Prada, her 9-year-old Corgi, “every day, sometimes twice a day,” said the … Find out how to read more online.
One dead, one injured in head-on collision
Mon  Jan 23 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — One woman died and another woman suffered serious injuries from a head-on collision early Sunday morning. The collision occurred at 12:47 a.m. at the intersection of Veterans … Find out how to read more online.
New batting cages await Snowbird teams
Mon  Jan 23 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — In time for the Feb. 10 opener, two additional batting cages will welcome college players from around the country to this year’s Snowbird Baseball Classic. This annual … Find out how to read more online.
Housing board member resigns to resolve dispute
Fri  Jan 20 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Punta Gorda Housing Authority board member has resigned to resolve a conflict of interest that could have resulted in the eviction of two formerly homeless veterans. … Find out how to read more online.
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Hundreds of thousands of women around the world decry Trump
Sat  Jan 21 2017 05:56PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets in the nation’s capital and cities around the world Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they … read more.

Tornado rips through parts of south Mississippi, killing 4
Sat  Jan 21 2017 05:53PM
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Four people were killed and scores of homes were flattened early Saturday when a tornado ripped through the Hattiesburg area, officials in Mississippi said. The city of Hattiesburg said via its Twitter account that four people … read more.

Rescuers search for avalanche survivors, fear more slides
Sat  Jan 21 2017 05:52PM
FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Using saws, shovels and their gloved hands, rescue workers advanced slowly Saturday through the wreckage of an avalanche-destroyed hotel in central Italy, listening hard for any signs of more survivors among the 23 missing guests and … read more.

Passengers scream as Florida alligator leaps into airboat
Sat  Jan 21 2017 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — A Missouri couple vacationing in Florida had a close encounter with an alligator when it leapt into their airboat and became wedged in the boat’s railing. Passengers screamed as 30-year-old Tylor Hinderey of Springfield, Missouri, captured the … read more.

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Palm Auto Mall sale finalized
Fri  Jan 20 2017 08:30AM
Negotiations were concluded Wednesday for the sale of Palm Auto Mall, a landmark Punta Gorda business for 61 years on Tamiami Trail, to the Gettel Automotive Group of Bradenton. Gettel, a family-owned business serving the Bradenton/Sarasota market for 26 years, … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte County presents wish list to state delegates
Fri  Jan 20 2017 08:30AM
Water, sand, ink and alcohol. Those were some of the elements brought before state representatives at Charlotte County’s annual Legislative Delegation meeting Thursday at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. Commissioner Bill Truex represented Charlotte County, and Vice Mayor Gary … Find out how to read more online.

Denise Amber Lee left a legacy
Thu  Jan 19 2017 08:30AM
John Walsh said, “If you are given the opportunity to change things, then how can you not at least try?” The quote reminds Nathan Lee of the importance of sharing how his wife’s murder could have been avoided if the … Find out how to read more online.

Thrills, concerns linger over Braves decision
Thu  Jan 19 2017 03:13PM
NORTH PORT — While the region is buzzing with news that the Atlanta Braves has set its sights on Sarasota County, more specifically West Villages, as a future spring training home, some are leery of the move. Sarasota County announced … Find out how to read more online.

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