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Wells clean, so far, after Mosaic incident
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
So far, so good. A 45-foot-wide sinkhole that let millions of gallons of contaminated water flow from Mosaic Fertilizer’s plant in Mulberry into the Floridan Aquifer has not affected at … Find out how to read more online.
Tropical storm still far out; late summer weather continues
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Matthew became a hurricane Thursday afternoon, but it’s still too far away to impact Florida. National Weather Service Meteorologist Tom Dougherty said the storm, located 300 miles south … Find out how to read more online.
Gulf Contours Custom Cabinets finds new life as RV supplier
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
Grabbing back a lucrative contract with a national luxury RV maker has brought new life to longtime Punta Gorda Airport industrial tenant Gulf Contours Custom Cabinets after 18 months of … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide holding on Manasota Key
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A steady onshore wind from the west and a tumbling surf Thursday stirred up in the air the toxic red tide along Manasota Key’s Gulf shoreline. “It started … Find out how to read more online.
Car collides with bus at U.S. 41 and River Road
Fri  Sep 30 2016 10:07AM
NORTH PORT — An early morning incident at U.S. 41 and River Road delayed school for more than 20 students after a minor crash involving a school bus. No injuries … Find out how to read more online.
City officials, FDEP monitor potential containment risk
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — While the Florida Department of Environmental Protection continues to oversee the recent tanker crash and fuel spill on Interstate 75, North Port is taking additional steps to … Find out how to read more online.
YMCA pool remains closed
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port YMCA pool will be closed the remainder of the week, according to officials. The pool, which is at a standalone location at 14279 Tamiami … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide algae still lingering on Manasota Key
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County sent out work crews Wednesday and started to clean dead fish from the shoreline of the public Englewood Beach. The toxic red tide algae continues to … Find out how to read more online.
Skyrocketing insurance rates get ‘F’ from school employees
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Charlotte school employees, already upset due to comparatively low wages and a lack of raises, say a proposal that includes skyrocketing insurance rates for next year could … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
CORRECTION: On average last month, Charlotte County homes listed under $50,000 were on the market for only one day. A Sunday story had included an incorrect number. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte commissioners give final nod to nearly $1 billion budget
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County commissioners have adopted a fiscal 2016-17 budget of $997.5 million, closing a budgeting process that set a tax rate of 6.3007 mills, the same rate as last year. … Find out how to read more online.
Morgan Park filled with runners on Saturday
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
Last Saturday’s World Heart Month 5K co-sponsored by the DeSoto County Health Department and the Arcadia Rotary Club was a big success for every participant who decided to get up … Find out how to read more online.
Food, friends and fun
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
The DeSoto County teachers’ union put together a fun fest of free food and fellowship on Saturday with their Back to School celebration picnic. Held at Morgan Park in Arcadia, … Find out how to read more online.
Students mix fun, education at New Horizons
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
The Owls Classroom at New Horizons has been learning about a variety of topics in recent weeks. They learned about shapes, the letter “C” and about each student’s family. Students … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat, Wells Fargo team for Build Blitz
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
The Arcadia/DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity was part of the fourth annual Wells Fargo-Habitat for Humanity Build Blitz. On Sept. 17 Wells Fargo team members worked on nine different build … Find out how to read more online.
School board eyes courtesy busing cuts
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
The DeSoto County School Board held a workshop Tuesday to review the current district policy on courtesy busing and explore changes that might have to be made. At issue is … Find out how to read more online.
Summertime weather pattern hasn’t fallen off yet
Mon  Sep 26 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians are still experiencing summertime weather even though the autumn season has already cooled down in many places to the north. “We’re still in a summertime pattern,” said National … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Sept. 19: 1-Bucky Jacques, 3940; 2-Ann Lewis, 3710; 3-Marty DeWitte, 3410; 4-Linda Kopp, 3400. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Ladies Bridge winners Sept. … Find out how to read more online.
Airport Authority election results puzzle candidate
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
More than a week after coming up short in the Aug. 30 Republican primary for Charlotte County Airport Authority District 1, Mark Futch is still insisting backers of incumbent Pam … Find out how to read more online.
Educational signs installed on Harborwalk
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Local residents and visitors walking along Punta Gorda Harborwalk now have the opportunity to learn about the estuary and mangroves they see on their way, thanks to new Interpretive Natural … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Mochi’s story is a mouthful
Fri  Sep 30 2016 10:03AM
No need to get all tongue-tied about this. It’s best to just spit it out. Carla Rickert’s dog Mochi has the longest tongue in the dog world. Or maybe it’s … Find out how to read more online.
Veteran gets BBQ thank you
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
On Sunday at American Legion Post 110 in Port Charlotte, Art McGinnis, president of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Sfc. Jack L. Conway Chapter 759, was surprised by … Find out how to read more online.
Police Beat
Fri  Sep 30 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Kathryn Lani Stinson, 27, of Sarasota. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • David Alan Scherbert, 25, 1600 block of … Find out how to read more online.
Positive response to Murdock Village offer
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Commission candidates and real estate experts are enthusiastic about a proposal to transform half of Murdock Village into a mixed-use development. The Private Equity Group, LLC, … Find out how to read more online.
‘No Swim’ advisory issued at 5 beaches
Fri  Sep 30 2016 10:05AM
SARASOTA — For precautionary measures, the Florida Department of Health has issued a “no swim” advisory at five local beaches. Health officials say the amount of enterococcus bacteria found during … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Distracted driving leads to crash, entrapped driver
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A wreck along Sumter Boulevard on Wednesday morning was caused by distracted driving, authorities said. The North Port Police Department and EMS responded to the call around … Find out how to read more online.
Victim of Saturday house fire ID’d
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Officials have given the victim’s name, but the official cause of the house fire in Harbor Cove was still unknown as of Wednesday afternoon. Ann Dohn, 78, … Find out how to read more online.
Students gather for prayer
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
Students from across the region gathered for See You At The Pole, a global day of student prayer, before the start of school on Wednesday. An event at Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
County OKs final approval of budget, millage
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously final approval of the 2016-17 budget and millage rates. Little changed since the Board’s initial approval earlier in the month, with the … Find out how to read more online.
DUI suspects arrested after fiery crash
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two men made their first appearance in court on DUI charges after they escaped injuries when their trucks crashed on Beach Road the night before. When the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Leading the way at West
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
West Elementary School celebrated a day of leadership on Wednesday by participating in different projects to better the community. From cleaning up the school grounds to making beds for dogs … Find out how to read more online.
New Leadership DeSoto class announced
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
The Leadership DeSoto Steering Committee, along with the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the selection of the Leadership DeSoto Class VIII. Leadership DeSoto is a program of … Find out how to read more online.
School district plans capital projects
Thu  Sep 29 2016 08:30AM
The past month’s heavy rains highlighted serious problems with the stormwater drainage system at DeSoto County High School. Flooding in and around the athletic fields, parking areas, walkways and buildings … Find out how to read more online.
Election winners had deep pockets
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Roger Eaton says he never equated victory with money in his successful run for Charlotte County clerk of court. But Eaton still spent more than any other Charlotte County candidate … Find out how to read more online.
Fighting cancer their own way
Mon  Sep 26 2016 02:44PM
Linda Wilson’s youngest daughter, Tara, is too busy with her law practice to worry about breast cancer. But, the idea is always in the back of her mind. You see, … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Gerald Guy Rodebush of Port Charlotte, and Pamela Ruth Sampson of Port Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
County mulls $2M fence to prevent jail deaths
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Prompted by inmates plunging to death and injury, the County Commission is considering a new, more secure, second-floor barrier at the Charlotte County Jail, at a cost of … Find out how to read more online.
Low supply drives home prices higher
Sun  Sep 25 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Home prices across the region took a giant step forward over the past year, as distressed properties continue to have much less market impact. In Charlotte, the … Find out how to read more online.