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Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Tern Bay development stuck in time
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Purple Emperor Way looks like any other ornately titled street in an exclusive subdivision. Fancy cars in the driveways, flowerbeds blooming with color and flags … Find out how to read more online.
‘The death of this gentleman is a tragedy’
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM

Timeline and excerpts from 911 calls obtained by the Sun in the death of a man who was having chest pains on March 20:

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Community quietly remembers Peeples
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although Vernon Peeples was passionate as a politician and historian, those who knew him well said he was a quiet man who kept to himself. As such, … Find out how to read more online.
Baptized by fire in Vietnam, Army Airborne officer planned Reagan’s 2nd inauguration
Mon  Apr 13 2015 01:01PM
The most danger Dominic Ruggerio faced during his 30-year Army career came in Vietnam — he arrived with the 101st Airborne Division just ahead of the Tet Offensive — when … Find out how to read more online.
Survey reveals support for incorporation
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Like many respondents to a recent Sun survey on the possible incorporation of Port Charlotte, Addie Parnell doesn’t really have a problem with the level of services … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff speaks about jail recordings
Fri  Apr 10 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell spoke on the issue of privileged recordings late Thursday, the same day the agency released about 200 pages of new documents related … Find out how to read more online.
Relay for Life inspires local survivor
Fri  Apr 10 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Breast cancer survivor Frannie Slagter recalls her son asking her about the small paper bags lit up and placed around the track after sunset at a Relay … Find out how to read more online.
Contractor controversy
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The owner of A.D. Morgan Corporation said Wednesday the Sarasota County School Board’s 4-1 decision Tuesday night to accept superintendent Lori White’s recommended change in the ranking … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte freezes Manasota Key plans
Thu  Apr 9 2015 12:20PM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County is putting a controversial Manasota Key sidewalk plan on hold. Members of the Manasota Key Street and Drainage Advisory Committee board learned of the decision Wednesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather, slight chance of showers expected this week
Mon  Apr 6 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may feel a little bit warmer this work week, but they may also want to carry an umbrella just in case it rains. Temperatures will rise a … Find out how to read more online.
Clarence Tuma escaped Germans’ ambush in WWII
Mon  Apr 6 2015 08:30AM
Clarence Tuma spent 31 bitterly cold days and nights just waiting in the Ardennes Forest, gun at the ready when he wasn’t sleeping in miserable foxholes, wondering when the German … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds hunt for treats
Sun  Apr 5 2015 08:30AM
Saturday was the annual Easter egg hunt at Englewood United Methodist Church. … Find out how to read more online.
Fire guts restaurant
Fri  Apr 3 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — An early Thursday morning fire gutted Two Brothers Home Style Cooking on East Marion Avenue, just days before its one-year anniversary. “I just don’t even know what … Find out how to read more online.
Annual arts fest enjoys another success
Sun  Mar 29 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — For 34 years, the Englewood Arts Festival has brought artists and art lovers together. And for most of those years, the Rotary Club of Englewood has used proceeds from … Find out how to read more online.
Williams: Carriers were hazardous, even during peacetime
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
An aircraft carrier deck can be a dangerous place, especially at night, when the blackness is filled with the sounds of planes unseen — the whir of propellers, like a … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay theater to get overhaul
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Lemon Bay High School parents recently were told about tentative plans to renovate the school’s theater. Members of the School Advisory Council learned there will be upgrades and … Find out how to read more online.
People from around the world are drawn to Southwest Florida
Sun  Mar 29 2015 08:30AM
Millions of people find themselves drawn to Florida’s white sand beaches and sunny skies each year for vacations and school breaks, but a growing percentage have come to call the … Find out how to read more online.
March baseball an economic home run
Sun  Mar 22 2015 08:30AM
For Keith Lewis, spring is the perfect time to fly down from Owings Mills, Md., to hang out with family in Englewood and Sarasota and enjoy the warmer weather. But … Find out how to read more online.
Giving a voice to Holocaust victims
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Max Weisglass was 6 years old when he experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. He’s 78 now. He hasn’t forgotten. He sat in a conference room Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
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Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of … Find out how to read more online.
Private sector eyed for primary care
Fri  Apr 17 2015 10:59AM
The state Department of Health is now beginning to make the necessary moves to transition primary care services for Sarasota County residents into the private sector. Rep. Ken Roberson, District … Find out how to read more online.
Area history marches on
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — With both the county and city history centers in transition, it will be awhile before the displays of a shared, storied past tell their tale. The Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
‘Summer weather trend’ continues
Mon  Apr 13 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect the “summer weather trend” to continue this week with warmer than normal weather and possible afternoon showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless camp fires spark concern
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As a community policing officer with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, part of Louis Henyecz’s job is to help keep an eye on the local homeless population … Find out how to read more online.
Danger on the horizon
Fri  Apr 10 2015 04:41PM
CAPE HAZE — Stuart James enjoys the view from his condominium overlooking Lemon Bay at the Cape Haze Marina. But what should be a tranquil vista sometimes makes James, a … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Apr 13 2015 12:31PM
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” The popular 1 Corinthians 13:13 Bible verse is almost always included in wedding ceremonies … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay High boutique eases cost of prom
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
With prom just a couple of days away, students are still scrambling to find the perfect attire. Jessica McCall found hers at the Lemon Bay High School prom boutique. “It’s … Find out how to read more online.
Flood insurance rate hikes about to hit home
Mon  Apr 6 2015 01:52PM
Any day now they’ll start to arrive — flood insurance renewal notices with premiums the likes of which most homeowners have never seen. David Dignam, president of Key Agency in … Find out how to read more online.
‘So much history here’
Mon  Apr 13 2015 12:31PM
PUNTA GORDA — Vietnam veterans Mary Lee and Lee Chalifour first met in the Air Force in 1963, serving with valor. Mary Lee, a nurse, earned three medals; while Lee, … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood sewer vote delayed
Fri  Apr 3 2015 04:10PM
ENGLEWOOD — A sea of boos followed Steven Samuels’ comment about serving all Englewood Water District customers and not just a small neighborhood. Samuels, the board chairman of the Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff: Recording issue taken ‘very seriously’
Fri  Apr 3 2015 08:30AM
A week has passed since the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation confirming calls from jail inmates to law offices were recorded, then accessed by members of the agency. … Find out how to read more online.
State firm on health care funding stance
Mon  Mar 30 2015 12:37PM
Despite letters explaining the local health department provides outstanding primary care services to Sarasota and Charlotte county residents, the Florida Surgeon General’s office claims the private sector might still do … Find out how to read more online.
Warm and mostly dry weather expected this week
Mon  Mar 30 2015 08:30AM
Residents celebrating the upcoming holiday with Easter egg hunts or other outdoor activities aren’t likely to have any weather problems. “It looks like a nice spring week across all of … Find out how to read more online.
Buffered impact
Mon  Mar 30 2015 03:40PM
MURDOCK — As Charlotte County, once again, extended the moratorium on nontransportation impact fees, a split within the commission continues, delaying a long-term solution. Citing the ongoing need to stimulate … Find out how to read more online.
A healthy showing
Fri  Mar 27 2015 02:17PM
Sarasota County is one of the healthiest places to live in Florida, but overall quality of life takes a back seat to DeSoto County. Charlotte County is showing improvement but … Find out how to read more online.
A full circle
Thu  Mar 26 2015 08:30AM
A hometown advantage means a lot in any sport. Just ask any professional ballplayer at the Charlotte Sports Park this spring. They’ll tell you it means a lot. The same … Find out how to read more online.
Services struggle to help area homeless
Mon  Mar 23 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — While the state is gearing up to pull funding from the local health department providing primary care services to the most needy, Englewood is seeing an influx in … Find out how to read more online.