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Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways to spend … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
American Legion Post 103 • Sunday Darts winners April 23: Round 1: 1-Kim Smith, Joey Siracusa; 2-Mickey Mullany, Bill Kirkaldy; 3-Christy Buzzell, Henry Tropea. Round 2: 1-Marion Goodman, Henry Tropea; 2-Pam … Find out how to read more online.
Snook season closing in Gulf, federal waters
Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
Snook season will close to all harvest in Gulf of Mexico state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting Monday. The Florida Fish … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda Block Party attracts crowd
Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Block party kicked off at 11 a.m. Saturday with eager people waiting to get in. The return of the Block Party after a year hiatus was a … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM

Contact for 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, …

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Relay for Life celebrated in Englewood
Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
Teams came together Friday to raise money and awareness in the ongoing fight against cancer at the Relay for Life at Sky Academy in Englewood. Teams walked laps, danced and … Find out how to read more online.
Tiny homes big possibilities?
Fri  Apr 28 2017 12:00PM
They’ve started to appear on TV, in other countries and on the wish list of many. They’re tiny homes. While there have been talks swirling in several cities about the … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Apr 29 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
When someone caring comes knocking
Sat  Apr 29 2017 08:30AM
Louise Carpenter and Carol Iddings are good buddies. The 97-year-old retired insurance claims adjuster and the 71-year-old retired Charlotte County Human Services employee have been palling around for close to … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Apr 29 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Michael Shawn Erickson, 51, 4700 block of South Fairway Drive, Punta Gorda. Charges: three counts of violation of probation. Bond: … Find out how to read more online.
Hot and dry weather ahead; burn bans, water restrictions issued
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians can expect hotter and drier weather than normal this weekend with temperatures reaching the 90s. “We have a strong area of high pressure building over the area that … Find out how to read more online.
Dispose of unused prescription drugs Saturday
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to take unused prescriptions medications to any CCSO facility for disposal. The national … Find out how to read more online.
Overturned tractor trailer delays I-75
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A traffic crash involving an overturned tractor trailer delayed traffic on northbound Interstate 75 early Thursday morning. Some lanes were closed for about two hours at mile … Find out how to read more online.
Fishery businesses prepare for summer
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Margaret Albritton, like others at the Fishery, is preparing for the summer. She’s also looking forward to next fall and winter seasons. The uncertainty of an immediate sale … Find out how to read more online.
North Port embraces ‘City of Kindness’
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Despite running past 1 a.m., the North Port City Commissioners made several steps forward on city issues Tuesday night. “Kindness stones” were passed around the commission chamber by … Find out how to read more online.
Taking the bite out of mosquitoes
Fri  Apr 28 2017 11:52AM
Two things happened in Florida to make it habitable: One was air conditioning, the other was mosquito control. Scott Schermerhorn, Manager of Mosquito and Aquatic Weed control for Charlotte County, … Find out how to read more online.
People for Trees holds Tree Fest
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
People for Trees of North Port held its annual Tree Fest on Saturday — Earth Day — in the city. The event, taking place at North Port Community Education Center … Find out how to read more online.
North Port inches closer to empty lot ordinance
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port City Commission is one step away from tidying up the language to clean empty lots. The commission spent hours late Tuesday night discussing and … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Haven Dance owner charged with additional crimes
Fri  Apr 28 2017 11:55AM
NORTH PORT — The former Haven Dance owner who was originally charged with lascivious acts with a student under 16 years old was arrested On additional charges, according to the … Find out how to read more online.
Playgrounds coming to Charlotte County parks
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Small children and their parents will soon have new play areas at Englewood Beach and other Charlotte County parks. County officials now plan to begin May 1 with … Find out how to read more online.
Judge: 10 years of prison for North Port man
Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
A U.S. District judge this week sentenced a North Port man to 10 years in federal prison on drug and firearm possession charges. The court also ordered him to forfeit … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County marriages • Mallory Dozier Thompson of Denver, Colo., and James Harley Nalley of Denver, Colo. • Sean Steven Donovan of Hastings, England, and Patricia Judith Elphick of Hastings, … Find out how to read more online.
Reclaimed water seems par for the course
Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Having been with the Deep Creek Golf Club for about half of its 32 years in operation, General Manager Todd Evans has sometimes been witness to desert … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • Veterans and Harbor boulevards, Port Charlotte • Toledo Blade … Find out how to read more online.
Vigil remembers slain North Port teacher
Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A candlelight vigil to honor North Port teacher Antoinette “Ann” Gordon, who was killed in a murder-suicide a year ago this weekend, was held Friday night at … Find out how to read more online.
‘Pawsitively’ on par: 9th Annual Critter Classic one for the books
Sun  Apr 30 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Golfing spots were sold out a month in advance at the always enjoyable 9th Annual Critter Classic. Stunning views and blue skies greeted the 148 golfers at the … Find out how to read more online.
Pool fencing, tot swim lessons paid for by foundation
Sat  Apr 29 2017 08:30AM
On Thursday, Paul DeMello, the father of 13-month-old twins Joshua and Christian DeMello, who tragically drowned in Charlotte County in 2010, was installing fencing around a pool of a grieving … Find out how to read more online.
Making an impact in Charlotte County
Sat  Apr 29 2017 08:30AM
More than 30 ladies attended the Women Who Care of Charlotte County inaugural event held at the Laishley Park Community Room. The group presented its mission of “making an impact … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Apr 29 2017 08:30AM
Bookstores declare independence
Sat  Apr 29 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Robert “Bucky” McQueen strolls into Copperfish Books in downtown Punta Gorda, greeting store co-owner Serena Wyckoff with a question: Is the book in yet? The encounter is … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM

SUMMER CAMPS

• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways …

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Charlotte mine gives Cape Coral water boost
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
Millions of gallons of water are expected to start flowing today from a mine in Charlotte County through ditches running along U.S. 41. The water is going to Cape Coral … Find out how to read more online.
LBHS Marching Mantas make a pitch for fundraising for trip
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — By the end of the first week of July, Lemon Bay High School’s Marching Mantas will have traveled 1,966 miles round trip. Not all of that will be … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota commissioners get mid-year budget snapshot
Fri  Apr 28 2017 12:03PM
SARASOTA — At first glance, Sarasota County appears to be in fantastic shape seven months into the current fiscal year. But behind the numbers loom seasonal adjustments that will tilt … Find out how to read more online.
‘Good Samaritans’ help North Port Police with suspect
Fri  Apr 28 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Two men are being lauded as “Good Samaritans” after helping North Port Police in what city authorities deemed a dangerous situation. Officials were responding to a call … Find out how to read more online.
Yoga celebrated at Garden of the Senses
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
Yoga at the Garden celebrated National Park RX Day on Saturday at the Garden of Five Senses park in North Port. “As Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the 19th surgeon general … Find out how to read more online.
Fundraiser set for North Port theater kids
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A fundraiser is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Englewood Ford to assist the North Port High School Theatre Department. According to Dena Henderson, the department … Find out how to read more online.
Panel: $10K fine for former city attorney OK’d
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
A Florida Commission on Ethics panel upheld a decision Friday that a former North Port city attorney misused his position by creating two city jobs for himself. The board moved … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte drops Gasparilla Road speeds
Thu  Apr 27 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch wants to drive 55 mph — at least along the new four-lane Gasparilla Road. But he’s going to have to ease his … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Apr 27 2017 04:44PM

SUMMER CAMPS

• The Charlotte County Family YMCA announces that they are now taking registration for all of the YMCA’s 2017 Summer Camp Programs. Campers will find fun new ways …

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