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Island grieves over fire victims
Tue  May 26 2015 08:30AM
KNIGHT ISLAND — Tyler and Peggy Erickson brought flowers Monday to pay their respects for the two Knight Island residents who lost their lives in a fire Sunday. A dozen … Find out how to read more online.
Emancipation Day frees the spirit
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Blanchard House Museum’s annual Emancipation Day celebration Saturday, folks donned Civil War-era garb and real-life roles to tell the human story behind the abolishment of … Find out how to read more online.
‘This situation cannot be ignored’
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
An expert hired to study Sarasota County’s homeless issues said the recent slaying of a 43-year-old allegedly by a homeless man was “predictable.” Texas-based Dr. Robert Marbut, founder of Marbut … Find out how to read more online.
1 dead, 1 injured in ‘Yacht Club’ ATV crash
Sun  May 24 2015 08:30AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — One young man is dead, and his young female companion seriously injured, after an ATV crash midday Saturday on Redneck Yacht Club property. The approximately … Find out how to read more online.
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Rhino survives poacher attack
Tue  May 26 2015 01:19AM
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The rhino’s rescuers gave her a name: Hope. Poachers in South Africa had darted the rhino with a tranquilizer and hacked off her horns while she was sedated, leaving the animal with a horrific wound covering much … read more.

BP getting credit for Gulf Coast tourism boom
Tue  May 26 2015 01:19AM
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one … read more.

‘Ugly’ Obamacare twist looms
Tue  May 26 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama’s health care law. But it’s Republicans — not White House officials — who have been … read more.

America salutes the fallen
Tue  May 26 2015 01:19AM
ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without … read more.

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Home sales, prices maintain strong showing
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
The Southwest Florida real estate market had another stellar month in April, making it the second highest month for sales in the last 12. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Realtor Association, Realtors in Charlotte County reported a total … Find out how to read more online.

Motorists must be vigilant on air bag recall
Fri  May 22 2015 08:30AM
Limited updates are prompting panicked calls to local car dealerships from motorists seeking information about the massive air bag recall impacting perhaps 34 million drivers. The recall has Bill Nelson, Florida’s senior U.S. senator, angry. “Folks shouldn’t have to drive around wondering … Find out how to read more online.


Emergency Operations gearing up for hurricane season
Thu  May 21 2015 08:30AM
With hurricane season just around the corner, the DeSoto County Emergency Operations Center held an exercise Monday with the county departments and other organizations that respond during emergencies. Among those represented were DeSoto County Fire Rescue, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, … Find out how to read more online.

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