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Charlotte floats user-fee boost for pools, fields, facilities
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:35PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte commissioners are considering a hike in user fees for recreational services and facilities, along with a new, more lenient, library fine policy. Tommy Scott, director of Community … Find out how to read more online.
Search is on for 1925 firetruck
Sun  Apr 23 2017 05:41PM
Anybody run across a 1925 firetruck? That’s what the Old Fort Fire Department in Old Fort, North Carolina, would like to find out. It is hoping a 1925 REO Speed … Find out how to read more online.
Slightly cooler, drier weather expected by mid-week
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:35PM
The week may start off wet for Southwest Floridians, but it will get drier after a front moves through the area on Monday, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Richard … Find out how to read more online.
Demolition was his specialty in WWII
Sun  Apr 23 2017 05:33PM
By the time John Kohout, now of Port Charlotte, graduated from jump school at Fort Benning, Georgia, V-E Day had come and gone. Since the Germans had already surrendered, he … Find out how to read more online.
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Duterte says he can be more brutal than terrorists
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Sunday that he could be “50 times” more brutal than Muslim militants who stage beheadings and said he could even “eat” the extremists if they’re captured alive by troops. Duterte has … read more.

Florida man convicted in fatal fight over gumbo spices
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A man charged with fatally stabbing a restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot in a fight over gumbo spices has been found guilty of second-degree murder. Orlando Ricardo Thompson was found guilty Thursday in the … read more.

Mom, her boyfriend arrested after toddler is beaten
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
NORTH MIAMI (AP) — A North Miami man is in jail because police say he punched a toddler so hard she needed surgery. The girl’s mother is also jailed because police said she did nothing about it for days. The … read more.

Man, 71, faces attempted murder charge in stepson’s shooting
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:54PM
SANFORD (AP) — A 71-year-old Florida man has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his step-son. The Orlando Sentinel reports that arrest records show Thomas Lathrop of Sanford shot 31-year-old Frank Fort on Saturday at the family … read more.

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Help needed to get veterans to Washington, DC
Sun  Apr 23 2017 07:35PM
For 102-year-old Ervin George Yoas, a May 6 Honor Flight may be the last chance he’ll have to see Washington, D.C. For Walter Obrosky, it will be a dream come true. He’s waited two years to get aboard a flight … Find out how to read more online.

Affordable: A dirty word in housing
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — What’s in a name? Apparently a lot when it comes to housing intended for moderate income residents. Affordable, workforce or low-cost — all are used interchangeably to refer to homes or apartments that can be obtained on … Find out how to read more online.

Audubon Society defends environment, past & present
Sat  Apr 22 2017 08:30AM
As a game warden at the turn of the 20th century, Columbus G. McLeod laid down his life to protect plumed birds in the wilds of what is now Charlotte County. But the battle to protect the environment, and all … Find out how to read more online.

North Port looks into more dog-friendly parks, walkable trails
Sun  Apr 23 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — More of the community may be able to enjoy enhanced parks and walkways soon. The North Port Parks and Recreation Advisory board met Thursday night to further discussions on turning more parks into dog-friendly parks, as well … Find out how to read more online.

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