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I’ve got something important to tell you
Tue  Jun 19 2018 05:20PM
‘Hey kids, I’ve got something important to tell you.” It was 1976, our Mom and Dad had gathered the five children around the table. Dad said, “I’ve decided to leave … Find out how to read more online.
Any takers? Candidate qualifying period runs this week for local elections
Mon  Jun 18 2018 08:30AM
Dozens of candidates have announced they’re running for local elected offices, including some without opposition, at least yet. Open spots on some community development district boards and city councils, for … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff Knight: Sarasota County schools overlook safety costs
Mon  Jun 18 2018 01:48PM
Sheriff Tom Knight told Sarasota County school officials about costs they may be missing in their plan to create a 42-officer security force. Knight and other top law enforcement leaders … Find out how to read more online.
Heat index aims for triple digits
Mon  Jun 18 2018 08:30AM
There’s no mercy this week when it comes to the weather in Southwest Florida. It’s hot, it’s rainy. Then it’s hot and it’s rainy again ... and then there’s the … Find out how to read more online.
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Bayfront Port Charlotte’s lobby gets new look
Tue  Jun 19 2018 07:38PM
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte has closed its Harbor Boulevard lobby and main entrance … temporarily. Starting the next chapter of the hospital’s ongoing $11 million renovation project, the area will close for a projected 10 weeks in order to be … Find out how to read more online.

Being a GREAT DAD
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
Phil Holloway’s mother ruled her home the same way the nuns in Catholic school did. That is to say she spanked her son. “I was brought up under the premise not to spare the rod,” Holloway said. “My mom taught … Find out how to read more online.

Readers asked, here are some answers
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
E mail often delivers questions to this columnist. And, just as often, even if she has no satisfactory answers, readers’ questions can prove helpfully thought provoking. Punta Gorda is curious Q: Recently saw the sign go back up at Two … Find out how to read more online.

Incumbents are running for Englewood Water District, fire board
Sun  Jun 17 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The state qualifying period opens June 18 for Englewood Area Fire Control District and Englewood Water District board seats. Four fire district commissioners and two water district supervisors hope to keep their seats in November. Candidates must file … Find out how to read more online.

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Supreme Court sides with Florida man in free speech case
Tue  Jun 19 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who has been an outspoken critic of the south Florida city where he lives is now 2-0 in disputes with the city before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court on Monday sided with Fane Lozman … read more.

Attorney: Roller coaster riders will have lifelong injuries
Tue  Jun 19 2018 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Some passengers who were riding a Florida roller coaster when it derailed last week could have lifelong injuries, an attorney for three of the nine riders who were hospitalized said Monday. The riders suffered broken bones, … read more.

Michael Jackson’s elephant escapes enclosure at Florida zoo
Mon  Jun 18 2018 10:16PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An elephant that once lived at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch briefly escaped its enclosure at a Florida zoo. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens posted on Facebook that Ali the bull elephant wandered through a gate that … read more.

Authorities: Woman leaves 3-year-old in vehicle overnight
Mon  Jun 18 2018 10:16PM
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman left a 3-year-old girl in a vehicle overnight, where she was overheated and drifted in and out of consciousness. A Seminole County Sheriff’s Office news release says investigators learned 33-year-old Casey … read more.

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