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Halloween treat for county workers: A pay raise . . . finally
Tue  Oct 21 2014 07:34PM
MURDOCK — On the last day of the month, Charlotte County employees will receive quite a Halloween treat with their first pay raise in seven years. The 3 percent pay … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Sunshine Lake algae due to natural causes
Tue  Oct 21 2014 07:34PM
MURDOCK — An ongoing study of the Sunshine Lake/Sunrise Waterway has determined the likely cause of the algae contamination to be a natural occurrence. With more than 80 percent of … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales remain solid
Tue  Oct 21 2014 07:34PM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month … Find out how to read more online.
Students join ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a toy. Then the … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Scott says early voting is crucial
Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:06PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As polling places opened Monday in some of Florida’s biggest counties, Gov. Rick Scott said early voting would be crucial to winning. Residents in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, Pinellas and Duval can vote in-person. Other counties will … read more.

CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines
Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:06PM
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal health officials on Monday issued new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients. Officials have been scrambling to come up with new advice since two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for … read more.

Nigeria ‘Ebola-free’
Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:06PM
ABUJA, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, … read more.

US stocks move higher
Tue  Oct 21 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market moved quietly higher Monday as investors decided to step back into a market that was rattled by white-knuckle turbulence last week. It was a rare move upward for a market that, for … read more.

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More Local News
Homicide report: Driver was speeding
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The local man charged last week with vehicular homicide was driving at 61 mph when his car struck and killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June, according to a 27-page Florida Highway Patrol report released … Find out how to read more online.

Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage Finder’s Warehouse in North Port. Dean and Diane Castellano opened … Find out how to read more online.

Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in World War II. He served as a seaman 1st class … Find out how to read more online.

Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of North Port, is now facing a count of third-degree felony … Find out how to read more online.

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