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Sarasota County to merge military charter schools
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:30PM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board voted to merge Sarasota Military Prep Academy and Sarasota Military Academy. The merge will combine the schools into a middle and high school … Find out how to read more online.
Baby escapes drowning; pool safety event planned
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:30PM
ENGLEWOOD — Baby Forrest Trommer saw the bright yellow toy beckoning as it bobbed in the pool. He reached for it and fell in. A minute later, his mother Morgan … Find out how to read more online.
Local franchise paints Swepston Bridge for free
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:30PM
ENGLEWOOD — Jim and Sherrie Klepser have a simple business philosophy. “Get busy and do something beyond yourself,” Jim said. He and Sherrie, local franchise owners for CertaPro Painters, put … Find out how to read more online.
POLICE Chief On Trial
Thu  Jun 22 2017 09:56AM
Last Aug. 11, Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis announced responsibility for the fatal shooting of a retired librarian lay on his shoulders. “As your Chief of Police, I accept … Find out how to read more online.
New store coming to Town Center mall
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:28PM
Port Charlotte Town Center mall has announced the addition of The Recreational Warehouse to its lineup of retail, dining and entertainment options. “Port Charlotte Town Center is excited to further … Find out how to read more online.
Region home sales, prices spike
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:32PM
Charlotte County home prices and sales spiked to new post-recession highs last month. Charlotte’s single-family median sales price of $216,513 in May hit a peak not seen since just before … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda man sentenced in Massachusetts sexual assault case
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:28PM
A Punta Gorda man was sentenced to prison in Worcester, Massachusetts, On Wednesday, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting three girls and taking sexually suggestive photographs of two of the … Find out how to read more online.
Keith Keene to replace Turner on Council
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
A familiar face will be joining the Arcadia City Council next month after Keith Keene was appointed to serve out the remainder of deceased Councilman Delshay Turner’s term. The city’s … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man from dating site steals woman’s car
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda woman had her car stolen from her after meeting a Fort Myers man from an online dating site for the first time. According to an arrest warrant, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Police Department promotes summer pool safety
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department and the YMCA are inviting families out to learn more about pool safety Saturday. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the North Port … Find out how to read more online.
MALL POPULARITY SLIPPING
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Dennis Platte visits Port Charlotte Town Center often, shopping at Sears and J.C. Penney, and even walking the mall for exercise. He loves the clothes and friendly staff at J.C. Penney, … Find out how to read more online.
Smith Brown summer program announced
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
The Smith Brown Community Foundation was recently approved for $100,000 in Florida’s 2017-2018 budget for renovations for phase one of the project. The project was championed in Tallahassee by Sen. … Find out how to read more online.
Tobacco-Free Partnership honors members
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
It has been a very successful 2016-2017 year in tobacco prevention work here in DeSoto County. We have been extremely busy working to educate and prevent tobacco use within our … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC nursing graduates honored
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
Thirty-four graduates of South Florida State College’s Associate Degree Nursing program were honored in a traditional pinning ceremony on June 15 in the Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at … Find out how to read more online.
Working on solutions for low test scores
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
Recent declining Florida State Assessment test results have some DeSoto school board members searching for solutions on how to change and improve the community’s schools from within. “I look at … Find out how to read more online.
1,500 gallons raw sewage enter Punta Gorda storm drain
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Rain caused 1,500 gallons of raw sewage to enter a storm drain early Monday morning, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said. The sewage was released from … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership Charlotte Class of 2017 graduates
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
The Class of 2017 of Leadership Charlotte celebrated their graduation on Saturday at the Kingsway Country Club in Port Charlotte. The class project, “Denim & Diamonds,” supported several local groups … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch hosts Iron Horse bike night
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Babcock Ranch hosted an Iron Horse bike night Saturday in the new downtown area. Bikers from all over Charlotte and Lee counties attended the first annual event. Food trucks were … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County circles the food trucks, seeks clearer rules
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County last rewrote its ordinance on mobile vending (aka food trucks) 31 years ago. Back then, Article IX, Roadside Peddling, appeared in the sketchy company of Article X, Escort … Find out how to read more online.
Lear mulls over North Port city manager contract
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:30PM
NORTH PORT — An offer has been made for the North Port city manager position. The City Commission wrapped up contract negotiations with interim City Manager Pete Lear on Monday. … Find out how to read more online.
Baby escapes drowning; pool safety event planned
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:32PM
ENGLEWOOD — Baby Forrest Trommer saw the bright yellow toy beckoning as it bobbed in the pool. He reached for it and fell in. A minute later, his mother Morgan … Find out how to read more online.
Who will be Englewood’s newest Smoked Mullet?
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:30PM
The annual luncheon of The Secret Society of Smoked Mullets today is sold out, according to event organizers. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Gulf … Find out how to read more online.
Cindy downgrades; typical summer weather arrives
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:28PM
Southwest Floridians got some more rain earlier this week due to Tropical Storm Cindy, but no further impact is expected, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Dustin Norman. The storm downgraded … Find out how to read more online.
New CEO for Realtor association
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:28PM
The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee has selected Jeffrey Arakelian as chief executive officer, effective Sept. 18. Arakelian currently serves as CEO of the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s Office connects through “Tweet-Along”
Thu  Jun 22 2017 07:28PM
Charlotte County residents were invited to follow along Wednesday as the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office took them on a “Tweet-Along.” In a four-hour virtual ride-along with Watch Commander Lt. Joseph … Find out how to read more online.
Knowlton family to attend Police Chief Lewis’ trial
Thu  Jun 22 2017 10:07AM
PUNTA GORDA — Mary Knowlton’s son, Steve Knowlton, said the family will be at the trial of Police Chief Tom Lewis, and his dad, Gary Knowlton, will briefly testify about … Find out how to read more online.
Full house for assisted living hearing
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — More than 200 residents filed into the Charlotte Harbor Event Center Wednesday to voice concerns as the City Council mulled over a proposed assisted living facility. Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Green Street Church move faces hurdles
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Julie Giuliano likes the idea of moving the Historic Green Street Church and Museum to the Lemon Bay Cemetery on State Road 776. “It would be nice,” said … Find out how to read more online.
‘Get your glow on,’ at North Port’s B-I-N-G-Glo
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Friday night will be bright and fluorescent at one North Port location as the city hosts its occasional Binglo night. It is a family game night that … Find out how to read more online.
Metzger says goodbye to DeSoto
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
Long-time DeSoto County Facilities Director Richard Metzger is leaving his job in DeSoto to return home. Metzger, a familiar figure around the county, has worked in DeSoto for more than … Find out how to read more online.
SFSC graduates 22 law enforcement officers
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
Twenty-two graduates of South Florida State College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Class 252, were recently recognized at a ceremony June 13. The 22 prospective police officers receiving BLE occupational certificates … Find out how to read more online.
Take Stock in Children celebrates mentors, mentees
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
Family and friends came together at the South Florida State College Highlands Campus to celebrate and recognize Take Stock in Children mentors and to honor the accomplishments of 23 Take … Find out how to read more online.
Finding a tax balance
Tue  Jun 20 2017 08:30AM
Thirteen years ago, Hurricane Charley turned Punta Gorda into rubble. Homes and businesses were destroyed. The city’s infrastructure was nearly washed away. And, depending on who you ask, the city … Find out how to read more online.
‘Odd Couple’ finds refuge on Palm Island
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
On a recent visit to Palm Island, I noticed a very strange “odd couple” of birds together in a coastal lagoon. A reddish egret which is a Caribbean/tropical bird near … Find out how to read more online.
Kids try to hook the big one at fishing tournament
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
The Elks Lodge 2606 in Punta Gorda held its annual kids fishing tournament Saturday along the banks of the Peace River. Hundreds of kids fished from the pier and shore … Find out how to read more online.
Gulf Coast Partnership assumes lead in homelessness fight
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Starting July 1, the Gulf Coast Partnership will become the county’s lead agency for homelessness, replacing the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. The transition should be a seamless one, … Find out how to read more online.
Indiana man arrested as burglary suspect
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A man from Indianapolis was arrested in connection with the burglary of an occupied home in Punta Gorda. The owner of a residence on Odyssey Court told … Find out how to read more online.


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