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Filmmakers return to SWFL with second full-length feature
Fri  Mar 23 2018 08:30AM
When an older man saw Tim Ritter’s film “Testament” at a film festival in Orlando, he came up during the Q&A and said, “Human frailty. This just captures human frailty.” … Find out how to read more online.
Coast Guard searching for missing boater
Fri  Mar 23 2018 01:39PM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a North Port man who went missing last month after setting sail from Charlotte County. Benjamin Hartman, 41, left the area sometime … Find out how to read more online.
A growing shadow over Southwest Florida
Thu  Mar 22 2018 09:52AM
Whether in baseball or the airport business, it’s good to be hitting high in the lineup. Among ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air’s lineup of 120 airports, Punta Gorda Airport began 2018 … Find out how to read more online.
Analyst calls provide Sunseeker insight
Thu  Mar 22 2018 09:52AM
Allegiant Travel has told financial analysts it would walk away from its Sunseeker Resort project if an in-depth look at costs showed an insufficient return from the project. But the … Find out how to read more online.
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A Boy’s World
Mon  Mar 19 2018 05:46PM
Kaleb names all the drills, saws, and other hand tools used by his group at Gator Wilderness Camp School. They use the tools to build tents where they live in the woods east of Punta Gorda. Aidan calls out the … Find out how to read more online.

Shelters, River Road highlight cooperative efforts
Thu  Mar 22 2018 10:17AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — While the Charlotte County commissioners could not take any official action Wednesday in a joint meeting with the Sarasota County commissioners, their heads were nodding on more cooperation on hurricane sheltering. Specifically, Sarasota County is asking for … Find out how to read more online.

Trabue Woods one step away from name change
Thu  Mar 22 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — District 5 Councilwoman Nancy Prafke said Wednesday the renaming of a downtown Punta Gorda neighborhood would help unite the city. A group launched a campaign earlier this year to rebrand Trabue Woods — a historically black neighborhood … Find out how to read more online.

Still no answers for parking at Gilchrist
Thu  Mar 22 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s structure versus spirit in the ongoing debate to let musicians and fans park on the grass at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Guitar Army representatives addressed the city, leaving some council … Find out how to read more online.

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Lights go dark for Earth Hour to focus on climate change
Sat  Mar 24 2018 07:28PM
NEW DELHI (AP) — In Sydney, the Opera House went dark. In New Delhi, the lights were switched off at the city’s great arch. In Kuala Lumpur, darkness fell on the Petronas Towers. It lasts for just an hour and … read more.

Dallas-area pastor gets 99 years in boy’s starvation death
Sat  Mar 24 2018 07:28PM
Dallas-area pastor gets 99 years in boy’s starvation death DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas-area pastor who investigators say ordered that food be withheld from a toddler in order to rid him of a demon has been sentenced to 99 years … read more.

Federal heating aid program saved, expanded in Trump budget
Sat  Mar 24 2018 07:28PM
A federal heating aid program for low-income residents has survived another attempt by President Donald Trump to kill it. The $1.3 trillion spending bill signed by Trump on Friday includes $3.64 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. … read more.

‘Vote them out!’: Hundreds of thousands demand gun control
Sat  Mar 24 2018 07:28PM
WASHINGTON — In a historic groundswell of youth activism, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied across the U.S. against gun violence Saturday, vowing to transform fear and grief into a “vote-them-out” movement and tougher laws against weapons … read more.

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