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Charlotte Transit may lower fares
Tue  May 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Transit will be dropping the basic price of a one-way ride from $3 to $2 if the County Commission approves the proposal today. The fare reduction … Find out how to read more online.
CEO resigns from Charlotte Community Foundation
Tue  May 24 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Julia Steele resigned last week as chief executive officer of the Charlotte Community Foundation. “She’s primarily moving on to pursue other opportunities,” said CCF Board Chairwoman Mary … Find out how to read more online.
Surviving suicide
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After losing his youngest son to suicide six years ago, Paul Andrews said he received support at first, but later some people told him to get over … Find out how to read more online.
WMU receives tentative OK to start aviation program here
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Western Michigan University is a step closer to establishing pilot training and other programs in Charlotte County after securing a provisional license. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, … Find out how to read more online.
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Ex-husband charged with murder of missing Florida woman
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — The ex-husband of a missing Florida woman has been arrested on second-degree murder and child neglect charges. During a news conference Wednesday morning, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said 30-year-old Steven Williams confessed to killing … read more.

Gov. Scott wants more college students to graduate on time
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state’s colleges and universities to do more to help students graduate within four years. Scott on Wednesday called for several changes designed to help students to get out of school sooner. … read more.

Florida insurers request rate hikes under federal health law
Thu  May 26 2016 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s health care law, but that won’t necessarily mean big consumer price … read more.

South Carolina Gov. signs 20-week abortion ban
Wed  May 25 2016 09:58PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed legislation outlawing most abortions at 20 weeks beyond fertilization. The law took effect Wednesday with the Republican governor’s signature. The only exceptions are if the mother’s life is in … read more.

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Punta Gorda wants new garbage collection system
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City staff got its “marching orders” to come up with a plan for the sanitation department to switch from its rear-loader garbage trucks to new multi-pack garbage trucks at last week’s City Council meeting. “We’ve got our … Find out how to read more online.

Marine joined up shortly before Pearl Harbor attack
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
When Carl Corwin sailed into Pearl Harbor he was a scared, 17-year-old Marine. The Japanese had just bombed Pearl, and almost all of the battleships in America’s Pacific Fleet were sunk in the harbor at dockside. Corwin was with the … Find out how to read more online.

Hot and mostly dry weather expected
Mon  May 23 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get warm weather with sunshine and clear skies this week, but they’ll also get a bit of relief from humidity. Behind the front that came in over the weekend, Meteorologist Andrew McKaughan of the National Weather Service … Find out how to read more online.

1,302 years of combined life celebrated
Sun  May 22 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Millie Peck tap-danced her way down the aisle during a centenarian celebration at North Port Pines retirement center, honoring its residents who are 100 years old or older. Peck and seven other residents make up the centenarian … Find out how to read more online.

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