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Local man to be featured on World Fishing Network
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — While Captain Mike Myers was reeling in a tarpon, a 10-foot bull shark wanted it more. The massive shark ate the tarpon. Then it got hooked on Myers’ … Find out how to read more online.
Mostly sunny weather for Valentine’s Day weekend
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:00AM
With mostly sunny skies and no rain in the forecast, the climate is right for Charlotte and Sarasota county residents looking forward to romantic picnics or walks holding hands in … Find out how to read more online.
Time to say thanks
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:00AM
Dedeth Ford lives in a Port Charlotte house that she has turned into a warm, inviting home. Her butterfly garden is on the way to the yard. It’s where she … Find out how to read more online.
South Charlotte County manages future growth, water needs
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the far southern reaches of the county, where cattle graze and wildlife still rule, the Burnt Store Water Treatment Plant sits isolated, but not apart from … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Scott wants Lake Okeechobee waters diverted from coasts
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say they’re looking “anywhere that can hold water” to relieve high water levels in Lake Okeechobee and Florida’s Everglades. The El Niño weather phenomenon has drenched South Florida during what’s normally the dry season. Rains over … read more.

Florida Legislature divided over budget and tax cuts
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Separated by nearly $1 billion in spending and differences over everything from tax cuts to health care spending, the Florida Legislature has less than a month left in its regular session to reach a deal on a new … read more.

House signs off on tax cuts, sales tax holidays
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida House has passed a sweeping tax cut package that could give Floridians several tax holidays. The House approved the bill by a 96-17 vote. It heads next to the Senate, but Senate Republicans so far … read more.

Florida House passes nearly $80 billion budget
Fri  Feb 12 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida House has passed a nearly $80 billion budget after a lengthy partisan debate. The House on Thursday voted 85-29 for the spending bill that includes money for schools, health care and environmental programs. The Senate is … read more.

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POLICE BEAT
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Travis Lee Gerdon, 44, 300 block of Watham Drive, Port Charlotte. Charges: possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $3,000. • Michael John Palade Sr., 39, 20300 block of Andover … Find out how to read more online.

Reverse mortgages: More home defaults on the way?
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
It was back in October when Kristen Conti, a broker-owner of Golf Breeze Realty in Port Charlotte, received special training on reverse mortgages from Fannie Mae. As a direct broker for the government-backed mortgage giant, Conti was being prepared for … Find out how to read more online.

Rain and cold don’t stop fairgoer fun
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Bad weather didn’t stop folks from coming out to the Charlotte County Fair to get in some funnel cake, cotton candy and rides before the annual event wrapped up for the season on Sunday. Fairgoers ranged from … Find out how to read more online.

Fair auction bittersweet for some
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
It was Saturday afternoon, the next-to-last day of the Charlotte County Fair, and its agricultural program was showing both of its faces as it came to an end with its annual auction. One belonged to Alexis Burkett. She had hit … Find out how to read more online.

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