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Routine trip ends with $1.3M
Wed  Jun 20 2018 06:57PM
Imagine going on a relatively routine trip to the grocery store. Now, imagine that trip earned you $1.3 million. Jodi Hinand, 56, asked her husband to pick up some last-minute … Find out how to read more online.
Hit the road: Fuel prices continue to fall in region
Wed  Jun 20 2018 06:57PM
Gas prices in Charlotte County have hit a record low for this summer. Following national and statewide trends, local prices are dropping by the day. According to, the current … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda communications manager terminated
Wed  Jun 20 2018 06:12PM
Punta Gorda leaders were mum this week on why the city’s communication’s manager was fired Tuesday. Lucia Ross had worked for the city since January of this year. In her … Find out how to read more online.
Controversial Jamaica Way rezone moving forward
Wed  Jun 20 2018 06:12PM
Despite resistance from some, the City Council approved the first reading of a rezoning proposal for a lot at 1700 Jamaica Way in Punta Gorda. A second reading of the … Find out how to read more online.
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Charlotte Commissioner Deutsch: Not done yet
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
Elected in 2010, Charlotte County Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch believes his years of service aren’t over. “I think my experience speaks for itself,” Deutsch said. “I think I’ve demonstrated my ability to work cooperatively with people; to move things ahead.” … Find out how to read more online.

Sun adds folks you should get to know
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
A great newsroom staff is getting even better. We’re lucky at the Sun to have some bright, dedicated people who help put this paper out every day with their reporting and writing, editing and design skills. I thought this might … Find out how to read more online.

Public Works attempts to triage 1,400 requests
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
Charlotte County Public Works crews are facing a backlog of 1,400 drainage requests. The unusually high number comes after a month of heavy rainfall and a dry season spent mostly on projects related to Hurricane Irma. “We’ve had record-breaking rainfalls … Find out how to read more online.

Suspect uses shopping cart to steal batteries
Wed  Jun 20 2018 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda man was arrested Saturday after a short shopping spree in someone else’s truck. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the suspect took four batteries from a parked vehicle, placed them in a Walmart shopping cart and walked … Find out how to read more online.

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Governors pull National Guard over immigration policy
Tue  Jun 19 2018 10:50PM
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The governors of multiple East Coast states have announced that they will not deploy National Guard resources near the U.S.-Mexico border, a largely symbolic but politically significant rejection of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that … read more.

Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters
Wed  Jun 20 2018 01:19AM
Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. Lawyers and medical providers who have … read more.

Lawmakers barred from child migrant facility in Florida
Wed  Jun 20 2018 01:19AM
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson accused the Trump administration of a “cover-up” after officials denied him entry Tuesday to a detention center for migrant children in South Florida where he had hoped to survey living conditions. Nelson … read more.

House GOP steps up FBI criticism in wake of internal report
Wed  Jun 20 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are escalating their monthslong standoff with the Justice Department, saying the FBI hasn’t adequately addressed bias within the agency and threatening to hold top department officials in contempt — or even impeach them. The stepped-up … read more.

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