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Dick Trott worked with ‘Navajo code talkers’ during Battle of Iwo Jima
Sun  Sep 21 2014 06:08PM
Dick Trott, who lives at Jacaranda Trace in Venice, came ashore on Feb. 19, 1945, in the second wave with the 5th Marine Division during the Battle of Iwo Jima. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte chamber lauds commitment
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:48PM
The Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce recognized W. Kevin Russell with the Pacesetter Award Saturday evening at its 89th annual banquet, held at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center. … Find out how to read more online.
Is that fall in the air?
Sun  Sep 21 2014 07:18PM
Pumpkin ale is on tap, college football match-ups are getting more intriguing, and it’s almost time to buy Halloween costumes. Today is, indeed, the first day of fall. However, as … Find out how to read more online.
‘Never Forgotten’: POW/MIA ceremony remembers those missing from America’s wars
Sun  Sep 21 2014 06:25PM
PUNTA GORDA — When U.S. Army Capt. Luis Chirichigno was held captive by the North Vietnamese at Plantation Gardens, a prison camp just outside of Hanoi, he was approached one … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Sierra Leone reaches final day of Ebola lockdown
Sun  Sep 21 2014 09:40PM
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone’s capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola … read more.

‘Maze Runner’ races past ‘Tombstones’ with $32.5 M
Sun  Sep 21 2014 09:40PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The young-adult adaptation “The Maze Runner” raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 … read more.

Pensacola celebrates 100 years of Naval aviation
Sun  Sep 21 2014 09:40PM
PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panhandle city long known as “The Cradle of Naval Aviation,” is celebrating 100 years of training the Navy’s top pilots. Pensacola Naval Air Station hosted a black-tie gala Saturday night to … read more.

Libertarian an alternative in governor’s race
Sun  Sep 21 2014 09:40PM
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Beer containers aren’t usually a topic in Florida gubernatorial races, but for Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie the state’s ban on small brewers filling half-gallon jugs illustrates how regulations reward campaign contributors and stifle competitors. Sipping … read more.

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More Local News
Corrections crackdown
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Nine more local correctional officers have been fired following the death of a Charlotte Correctional Institution inmate earlier this year, according to a statement issued late Friday by the Florida Department of Corrections. Correctional Officer … Find out how to read more online.

Bavarian Bash set to take the stage
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Bavarian Bash is coming to town, promising to live up fully to the title’s dual nature. The weekend celebration of family fun arrives Friday at the City Marketplace site in downtown Punta Gorda, and promoter Nick Nemec … Find out how to read more online.

Cleanup crew rescues castaways
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Searching along the shoreline of Bayshore Live Oak Park, Mark Long spies something small that, although familiar, doesn’t belong. He picks up the bottle cap, gives it one more look, and throws it into his garbage bag … Find out how to read more online.

Fertilizer vs. environment
Sun  Sep 21 2014 08:00AM
As a man haphazardly sprinkles fertilizer on the lawn of his waterfront home, he’s tackled by a swamp monster. A clueless woman flinging chemicals on her flowers also is taken down by the ogre. The 30-second “Don’t Feed the Monster” … Find out how to read more online.

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