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Ann Mercer, Cape Haze- Pioneer Trail advocate, died
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
GROVE CITY — Bicyclists or runners along the Cape Haze-Pioneer Trail should stop a moment and think of Ann Mercer. She saw a battered and defunct railroad bed and envisioned … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Ashley Constant Hathaway of Pawtucket, R.I., and Kyle Martin Lamoureux of Pawtucket, R.I. … Find out how to read more online.
GROWING
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Boca Grande fishing guide Cappy Joiner tipped his hat to the Lemon Bay Conservancy for its efforts to improve habitat for juvenile tarpon at the Wildflower Preserve. He … Find out how to read more online.
Volunteers paint their hearts out
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Feverish and unable to eat or breathe without difficulty, Davie Levi tried for years to have medical professionals tell her what was wrong. Eventually, she sought help … Find out how to read more online.
Senior Games offers test, fun
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
Steve Van Dyke knew he needed to find a way to stay active. The Lake Suzy resident had undergone bypass surgery back in Minnesota — his onetime summer home — … Find out how to read more online.
Luck of the Irish
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
It all began like “Angela’s Ashes,” Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of growing up Irish in the 1940s. Except Kevin Doyle’s dad didn’t drink all his wages. The Celtic Ray … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Tanker truck slams into vehicles; two hurt
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Two Punta Gorda women were seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash Friday morning on State Road 31, south of Bermont Road. Patricia P. Gilreath, 67, who was … Find out how to read more online.
Black history film sheds light on slavery’s legacy
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — In the epic, multi-award-winning documentary, “500 Years Later,” Andrew Mitchell, a Chicago community activist, states: “We might think we are done with slavery, but I tell you … Find out how to read more online.
‘Justice has been served’
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
After nearly six weeks in trial, accused killer David McMannis was pronounced guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday, after less than an hour of jury deliberation. Like his co-defendant, Phillip … Find out how to read more online.
Church and RV park unite for quilt donation
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
Last year, Lutheran World Relief provided 346,170 quilts around the world where there were needs. They also provided quilts, blankets, school kits, personal care kits, fabric kits and baby care … Find out how to read more online.
Davidson of AMIKids to be honored on Wall of Heroes
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
John Davidson, executive director of AMIKids Crossroads who also served in the U.S. Navy disposing explosive ordnance, will be the 10th person honored by the Military Heritage Museum on its … Find out how to read more online.
Three people injured in SR 31 collision
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A crash on State Road 31 involving a pickup, semi truck and tanker truck shut down one lane of traffic for about one hour Friday, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Airport OKs $500K for fire service
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
With no comment from commissioners, the Charlotte County Airport Authority agreed Thursday morning to pay the county $500,000 for fire service for the remainder of the fiscal year that ends … Find out how to read more online.
STEM students shoot for solar showdown
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Kelsey Hansen and Katie Redmann are brimming with confidence about their array of solar ovens. Dan Lopez and Samson Del Torto can’t wait to see how well their … Find out how to read more online.
Budget planning begins for Sarasota County Commission
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Today is the day Commissioner Charles Hines has pointed to for months. Hines and his fellow Sarasota County Commissioners will begin developing the county’s fiscal year 2018 budget … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood woman arrested after narcotics search
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A 54-year-old woman was arrested on felony charges of trafficking meth and other drug possession charges after a search of her home on Thursday. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte school officials push for more funding
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Charlotte County School Board members want to ask taxpayers for more money to support local schools. After months of discussion, the five-member board decided this week to … Find out how to read more online.
Jury to deliberate today in cold-case murder trial
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
“She was beautiful, she was kind, she was loving,” Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Garczewski described 19-year-old Tara Sidarovich in the words of her mother at the start of the state’s … Find out how to read more online.
Chambers watch the Rays play ball
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
Breakfast at the Charlotte Sports Park, an event hosted by the Tampa Bay Rays early Tuesday morning, included members from five area chambers, Charlotte County, Englewood, North Port, Punta Gorda … Find out how to read more online.
Witness: Teacher’s aide kicked autistic child
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A Neil Armstrong Elementary School teacher’s aide has been placed on paid administrative leave after a volunteer accused her of kicking an autistic kindergarten student. District spokesman … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 110 • Bridge winners Feb. 13: 1-Lucia Kelly, 4230; 2-Barb Lutz, 3740; 3-Fred Kuss, 3700; 4-Alfi Yanchik, 3540. Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club • Partners Bridge winners Feb. … Find out how to read more online.
HOW TO: Plan, buy and use solar energy
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
There are two kinds of solar installation. Thermal radiation to heat water for pools and hot water systems — usually indicated by large, black rooftop installations. And, there is photo … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM

Holiday Closures

In observance of the Presidents Day holiday, all Charlotte County government offices and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed Feb. 20. Post offices and banks also will …

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Sweethearts helping Crossroads
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
The second annual Sweetheart Celebration recently was held at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County to benefit AMIkids Crossroads. Guests were treated to a champagne toast, along with dinner and … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
CLARIFICATION: An infobox in Saturday’s paper about John Davidson referenced an event in his honor as the Wall of Honorees banquet; the correct name of the event is the Wall … Find out how to read more online.
Big Storm Brewery alliance may keep Fat Point open
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
It’s been a whirlwind nine days for Fat Point Brewing. Just last week co-owner and brewmaster Bill Frazer sat down with his 15 employees to tell them the Punta Gorda … Find out how to read more online.
Club News
Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida was created to provide the residents of the Florida Gulf Coast of … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Feb 19 2017 08:30AM
Red tide irritating local beach patrons
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted no updated water sample reports Friday of the toxic red tide algae in Charlotte County. But there was no question … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM

Holiday Closures

In observance of the Presidents Day holiday, all Charlotte County government offices and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed Feb. 20. Post offices and banks also will …

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Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
Mission Festival Grace Presbyterian Church, 10548 S.W. County Road 769 (Kings Highway), Lake Suzy, will celebrate its annual missions festival, today and Sunday. The theme is “Seeds of Hope Bring … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte briefs
Sat  Feb 18 2017 08:30AM
Commissioners to hold workshop The Charlotte County commissioners will hold a board workshop at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, in Room B-106 of the Charlotte County Administration Center, 18500 Murdock Circle, … Find out how to read more online.
Holly Fisher celebration of life set for Sunday
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A celebration of life is set Sunday for Holly Fisher, a teacher at Heron Creek Middle School who died last week in North Port. The service will … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County School Board to begin budget discussions
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board will begin its budget discussions ahead of its monthly meeting next week. The discussions will take place during Tuesday’s morning workshop, which will … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Commission discusses reopening City Hall to groups
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — City Hall may soon be back open for meetings for city groups. After the previous City Commission voted to disallow any groups from City Hall, the current … Find out how to read more online.
Weak cold front may bring rain, but not cooler air
Fri  Feb 17 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians can expect warm weather this weekend despite a weak cold front moving through the area. “It’s not a very strong cold front, but there is a front that … Find out how to read more online.
The boys are back
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Tampa Bay Rays are back in town. Rays pitchers and catchers are working out at Charlotte Sports Park and the full squad will arrive by Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda Council grants hotel variance, Wildlife Center lease
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
Punta Gorda City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a variance that paves the way for construction of a 104-room hotel in Downtown Punta Gorda, and a lease that guarantees the … Find out how to read more online.
Block Party hits roadblock
Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Block Party, set to make a comeback April 29 after an absence of a few years, hit a roadblock Wednesday when the City Council tabled its request … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Feb 16 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s reported the following arrests: • Andrew James Syme, 29, 4900 block of Las Vegas Drive, Sarasota. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Damien Ryan Henrys, … Find out how to read more online.