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Cold front to bring rain, lows in the 50s
Mon  Oct 23 2017 08:30AM
Forecasts show a chance for rain on Monday and Tuesday at 50 and 60 percent. The showers are a result of an oncoming cold front that is expected to create clear … Find out how to read more online.
Massage tops unlicensed activity complaints
Mon  Oct 23 2017 08:30AM

BOTTOM LINE This is part two of a series on massage parlors and prostitution in Southwest Florida.

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Man served as a combat medic during Korean War
Mon  Oct 23 2017 08:30AM
In 1948, President Harry Truman passed a law integrating the U.S. military. Three years later, Joe Dinish, now of Kings Gate in Port Charlotte, was drafted into the Army out … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front to bring rain, lows in the 50s
Mon  Oct 23 2017 08:30AM
Forecasts show a chance for rain on Monday and Tuesday at 50 and 60 percent. The showers are a result of an oncoming cold front that is expected to create clear … Find out how to read more online.
Local couple to sail around the world
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
Dan and Agnes Long left their familiar lives on land Thursday afternoon to let the current and tradewinds push them around the world for the next 20 months. As the … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rates descend to historic lows
Sun  Oct 22 2017 10:18AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Already low unemployment numbers took a steep dive in September across the region, falling to their lowest level in a decade. In Charlotte County, the jobless rate … Find out how to read more online.
PGPD: Woman arrested with fake cash, others charged
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Port Charlotte woman was arrested this week with hundreds of counterfeit bills and the tools to make more, along with drugs. Two other men from Port … Find out how to read more online.
Area bands to meet for annual marching festival
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Woodland Middle School band director David Wing has a full plate, between classes and the Florida Bandmaster’s Association. Wing is the district chair for the Florida Bandmaster’s … Find out how to read more online.
Sales tax projects, revenues accelerating
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Sales tax projects, and the revenue needed to pay for them, are coming to fruition at a brisk pace. Through September, the county has collected 21 percent more … Find out how to read more online.
Spanish American Club hosts scholarship dance, fundraiser
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
T he Spanish American Club held its annual scholarship dance and fundraiser on Oct. 14 at the 24 Twenty One Event Center in Port Charlotte. This year, along with the … Find out how to read more online.
Weekly record
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriage licenses • Sergi Scott Palencia of Englewood, and Nicole Marie Pisterzi of Englewood • Rosa Marie Hayes of Port Charlotte, and Antonio Dominick Pascucci of Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM

birthdays

Each week in Sunday’s Sun, we run free birthday announcements, along with a photo. Email your .jpg photo of the birthday boy or girl of any age, along with …

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Hurricane Irma stalls home sales
Sat  Oct 21 2017 05:36PM
Hurricane Irma flattened the local real estate market last month, slashing home sales and just about every other housing indicator, except prices. But the storm that struck Southwest Florida on … Find out how to read more online.
Coel denied disability pension for second time
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Punta Gorda Police Officers’ Pension Board denied a disability pension application from former officer Lee Coel for the second time Friday morning. Coel was fired from … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County to vote on major issues
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday is expected to reach a decision on three significant issues that have drawn considerable interest and debate. Commissioners will vote on whether … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
Community Life Church Fall Festival Community Life Church will host a fall festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at 19048 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte. Free food, candy, games, … Find out how to read more online.
Peace River Botanical Gardens opens to the public today
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
After 12 years in the making, the new botanical garden opened Friday in Punta Gorda. To prepare for the opening, the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens held an invitation-only … Find out how to read more online.
Home rule, opioids key issues at Legislative Delegation
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A pair of Charlotte County commissioners spoke out Thursday against state preemption, a long-running concern that local officials say restricts their ability to effectively govern at the … Find out how to read more online.
Man sentenced to nine years in Lakes of Tuscana rape case
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
The man accused of raping a stranger at the Lakes of Tuscana apartments in Port Charlotte in July entered a plea agreement this week and received a nine-year prison sentence. … Find out how to read more online.
GUILTY
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The man accused of killing 3-year-old Pilar Rodriguez in 1999 was declared guilty of second- degree murder by a six-person jury Wednesday afternoon after about two hours of deliberation. Keith … Find out how to read more online.
Man served as a combat medic during Korean War
Mon  Oct 23 2017 08:30AM
In 1948, President Harry Truman passed a law integrating the U.S. military. Three years later, Joe Dinish, now of Kings Gate in Port Charlotte, was drafted into the Army out … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front to bring rain, lows in the 50s
Mon  Oct 23 2017 08:30AM
Forecasts show a chance for rain on Monday and Tuesday at 50 and 60 percent. The showers are a result of an oncoming cold front that is expected to create clear … Find out how to read more online.
Massage tops unlicensed activity complaints
Mon  Oct 23 2017 08:30AM
Before a business tax was paid to the county or a business license was issued, a shop in Charlotte County was already advertising $40 massages this month. If it gets … Find out how to read more online.
Man served as a combat medic during Korean War
Mon  Oct 23 2017 08:30AM
In 1948, President Harry Truman passed a law integrating the U.S. military. Three years later, Joe Dinish, now of Kings Gate in Port Charlotte, was drafted into the Army out … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia Fall Rodeo ends long run at historic arena
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
An Arcadia grand-daddy seemed a bit sad on Saturday. While lively in spirit under a cooler October sun, the Arcadia Fall Rodeo this weekend is the last at the historic … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
‘Secrets of the Cemetery’ Just in time for Halloween, Charlie Bush, one-time custodian for the Lemon Bay Cemetery in Englewood, will share some little-known information about this historic burial ground. … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County set to begin Irma review
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — When it comes to getting someone to lead the review of the county’s response to Hurricane Irma, Sarasota County is bringing in the best. Former Federal Emergency Management … Find out how to read more online.
Fishery redevelopment draws public interest
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Attorney Robert Berntsson expected public interest in his client’s redevelopment plans for the 20-acre Fishery complex in Placida. Berntsson thought people would meander in and out of The … Find out how to read more online.
Palm Island Resort made its mark
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
PALM ISLAND — Maybe, because he and his brother Gar grew up in a small Canadian prairie town, somewhere north of North Dakota, Dean Beckstead believes he’s living in a … Find out how to read more online.
Winners circle
Sun  Oct 22 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners Oct. 15: Round 1: 1-Pam Kirkaldy, Kim Toney; 2-Christy Buzzell, Fred Wheatley; 3-Pat Seaman, Fran Smith. No Round 2. American Legion Post … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota Key a shining HGTV star
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:02PM
Editor’s Note: This story about the Lipstein family was published Sept. 15 in the Sun. It contained an incorrect name. We have decided to republish the story with the correct … Find out how to read more online.
Irma aftermath: Our love/hate relationship with trees
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
After Hurricane Irma blew through the area last month, there were thousands of downed trees, some of which wreaked havoc with power, phone and cable lines. Hurricane-force winds can be … Find out how to read more online.
Top 10 picked for top cop job
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A strong contingent of out-of-state candidates highlight a group of finalists in the running for Punta Gorda Police Chief. After receiving over 130 applications, Punta Gorda on … Find out how to read more online.
Charges dropped for man accused of raping minor
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
Charges were dropped by the State Attorney’s Office for a man accused of raping a 10-year-old girl last month. Michael Thomas Pratt Jr., 37, was arrested on Sept. 20 after … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda approves new logo
Sat  Oct 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In an attempt to market itself to a younger audience Wednesday, Punta Gorda adopted a new city logo, tagline and strategic branding plan. City Council unanimously OK’d … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Bloodied man found in North Port neighborhood
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested for beating a North Port man after the victim allegedly used racial slurs, according to North Port Police Department reports. Bobby Richardson, 32, … Find out how to read more online.
Walmart launches online grocery pickup
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Cathy Peterson is excited about helping busy customers shop at the Englewood Walmart without ever getting out of their car. On Wednesday, Peterson joined co-workers Jackie Miller and … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man stopped in razor raid
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested Wednesday after attempting to leave Walmart on Murdock Circle with more than $1,600 of electric razors and razor refills, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO to host Teen Driver Challenge Course
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
Teen driving habits are being showcased this week to boost awareness and safety as National Teen Safety Driving week. To further educate teens on driving, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office … Find out how to read more online.
Dollars for Mammograms and Bert’s Black Widow raise money
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
Rita Bertler of Dollars for Mammograms recently collected money at Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson in Port Charlotte to help with the program that helps women and men get mammograms at … Find out how to read more online.


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