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Tiny homes big possibilities?
Fri  Apr 28 2017 12:00PM
They’ve started to appear on TV, in other countries and on the wish list of many. They’re tiny homes. While there have been talks swirling in several cities about the … Find out how to read more online.
Pool fencing, tot swim lessons paid for by foundation
Fri  Apr 28 2017 07:04PM
On Thursday, Paul DeMello, the father of 13-month-old twins Joshua and Christian DeMello, who tragically drowned in Charlotte County in 2010, was installing fencing around a pool of a grieving … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:49PM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
Making an impact in Charlotte County
Fri  Apr 28 2017 06:31PM
More than 30 ladies attended the Women Who Care of Charlotte County inaugural event held at the Laishley Park Community Room. The group presented its mission of “making an impact … Find out how to read more online.
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US facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers
Fri  Apr 28 2017 07:54PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder getting it. A manufacturing problem has created a shortage of the only version of the vaccine licensed in the U.S. The Centers … read more.

Congress OKs bill averting Saturday gov’t shutdown
Fri  Apr 28 2017 07:54PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump’s 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next … read more.

Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions
Fri  Apr 28 2017 07:54PM
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Afghan Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on Friday, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on the international coalition and Afghan security forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid … read more.

Tillerson eyes cutting 2,300 jobs at State Department
Fri  Apr 28 2017 07:53PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State Department’s budget for the next fiscal year, officials said Friday. The plan … read more.

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When someone caring comes knocking
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:49PM
Louise Carpenter and Carol Iddings are good buddies. The 97-year-old retired insurance claims adjuster and the 71-year-old retired Charlotte County Human Services employee have been palling around for close to two years now. “We understand each other,” Carpenter said of … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:38PM

Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:49PM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Michael Shawn Erickson, 51, 4700 block of South Fairway Drive, Punta Gorda. Charges: three counts of violation of probation. Bond: none. • Justin Lawrence Boyle, 28, 100 block of Barre … Find out how to read more online.

Bookstores declare independence
Fri  Apr 28 2017 09:12PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Robert “Bucky” McQueen strolls into Copperfish Books in downtown Punta Gorda, greeting store co-owner Serena Wyckoff with a question: Is the book in yet? The encounter is friendly, familiar and says a lot about both individuals. McQueen’s … Find out how to read more online.

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