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Meeting in some form since 1962, the Florida Conference of Historians covers all historical fields and gives historians in and of the Sunshine State the opportunity to share their scholarship and new developments in the field.

A federally-recognized non-profit, the group now includes more than thirty colleges, universities, and other institutions. This year's 57th annual conference is being hosted by Florida Southwestern State College and meeting in Punta Gorda this weekend, and is free and open to the public.

Photo: Michael Hirsh, WGCU; Image: National Weather Service

The longest serving county emergency manager in the State of Florida retires today. Charlotte County Commissioners are marking the day by declaring Friday "Wayne Sallade Day." Sallade has lived in Charlotte County for more than half a century, and has spent the last 30 years as the head of the county's emergency management. He gained national recognition in 2004 when Hurricane Charley took an unexpected turn off the Gulf into Charlotte Harbor and devastated the county. Friday at 1 p.m.

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Charlotte County residents will decide Tuesday whether or not to re-elect their current sheriff, Rep. Bill Prummell. He’s completing his first term. Prummell is being challenged by local Dem. Jim Melo.

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Charlotte County will choose its Republican candidate for sheriff on Aug. 30. The race includes an incumbent looking for a second term, a retired law enforcement veteran and a Punta Gorda police officer.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said it’s investigating the escape of Asian Water Buffalo from a fenced field last week in Punta Gorda.

Officers found the fence had been cut in two places.

In Florida, it is a felony to break or cut a fence containing animals.

Some of the water buffalo crossed US 41 during rush hour before they were herded by deputies in a nearby field.