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Aeromed to the rescue
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:29PM
Laurie Duppenthaler said she will never forget helping a little boy in Charlotte County who was involved in a lawn mower accident last year. “The lawn mower ran over his … Find out how to read more online.
County Commission candidates speak out at forum
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:29PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Immigration, the penny sales-tax referendum, Murdock Village and code enforcement were part of a wide-ranging discussion Wednesday evening during a candidates forum at the Cultural Center of … Find out how to read more online.
Thunderstorms on tap this weekend
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:02PM
The last few days have been drier than normal around Southwest Florida, but expect things to change heading into the weekend. According to Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the National … Find out how to read more online.
Jail gripes gobble staff time
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits … Find out how to read more online.
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Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal
Thu  Jul 31 2014 09:29PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have agreed to combine their broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity. The deal announced late Wednesday is the latest … read more.

US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries
Thu  Jul 31 2014 09:29PM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where … read more.

Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor’s office
Thu  Jul 31 2014 09:29PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician’s office for about an hour, authorities say. The woman, … read more.

Price tag for new Tampa area expressway is $454M
Thu  Jul 31 2014 09:28PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Department of Transportation officials say a new expressway linking two major roads in the Tampa Bay area will cost about $454 million — about $116 million more than first announced. Most of the extra … read more.

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Bids fly in for terminal expansion
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Airport Authority received a more-than-expected response from companies interested in taking on the multimillion-dollar terminal expansion at the Punta Gorda Airport. Authority Executive Director Gary Quill announced Tuesday that seven contractors submitted bids for … Find out how to read more online.

CHS grad on ‘Quest’ for success
Wed  Jul 30 2014 08:00AM
After Christian Sochor graduated from Charlotte High School in 2009, the drama student followed the advice of some friends and applied to an acting school in New York City. He was accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and … Find out how to read more online.

Roadside worker killed
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:29PM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. … Find out how to read more online.

Baseball brings ‘Big,’ ‘Little’ together
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:02PM
NORTH PORT — After retiring last August, Jon Ryan of North Port decided to become a Big Brother for the third time. Knowing that Ryan, 66, preferred a Little interested in playing baseball, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun … Find out how to read more online.

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