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Farlow’s to get million-dollar makeover
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:50PM
ENGLEWOOD — Local restaurants face dilemmas every summer, when business drops off. Break even or not? Risk alienating loyal year-rounders, or offer them discounts? Can we afford to close, and … Find out how to read more online.
Sunrise Rotary dishes out donations
Fri  Jul 31 2015 12:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — The Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary came through in a big way for more than two dozen nonprofit organizations this week. During an annual ceremony that took place during … Find out how to read more online.
Local credit card debt among lowest in state
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:19PM
People in Sarasota and Charlotte counties have some of the lowest credit card debt in Florida, and that bodes well for the financial health of the area, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Abbe’s Donuts coming to Englewood
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Lois Folger takes a bite into her favorite Abbe’s Donuts signature apple fritter, robust enough to share with her husband of 60 years. “When you’ve been married that … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota Key must decide on beach renourishment
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — North of the public Englewood Beach to the Sarasota-Charlotte county line, Gulf-front property owners face dire straits with most — if not all — of the sandy beaches … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota Key sidewalk-expansion plan on agenda
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
MANASOTA KEY — After freezing plans for a $1.3 million sidewalk expansion on Manasota Key, Charlotte County staff is ready to discuss it again. Design work on the proposal for … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood sunsets win
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The winner of the first week of the Englewood Pioneer Days Photo Contest captured an image of “Sunset at Snook’s,” and comments that: “Englewood is certainly blessed with … Find out how to read more online.
‘Bulk’ mail?
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — After he allegedly sent thousands of steroids from his South Gulf Cove home and the Englewood post office, federal agents arrested Robert G. Gregory on multiple … Find out how to read more online.
DCSO: Additional victims sought in child porn case
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:53AM
DESOTO COUNTY — A Tampa man is facing numerous charges related to child pornography, and authorities fear there may be more victims who’ve not yet been identified. The DeSoto County … Find out how to read more online.
Former firefighter dies after crash
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Friends were saddened to learn Bruce Sudol died of injuries he received Wednesday after he crashed on his scooter on Dearborn Street. The 59-year-old longtime Englewood resident was … Find out how to read more online.
Venice hospital’s Medicare reimbursement at risk
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Errors in the way Venice Regional Bayfront Health handled a recent sewage spill didn’t just pose a risk to patients — the errors also jeopardize the hospital’s Medicare … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle time
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
This is turtle time. The time when sea turtles lay clutches of 80-120 eggs, and hatchlings are born. As a member of the Coastal Wildlife Club Turtle Patrol, I’ve been … Find out how to read more online.
Front expected to bring wet weather
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may want to stay inside, rent movies and eat popcorn this weekend with the rainy weather expected. “There could be some breaks with a little bit of … Find out how to read more online.
Housing market slows in Charlotte
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
The Charlotte County housing market shifted into reverse last month, with both the number of home sales and median sale prices in decline. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of … Find out how to read more online.
Wednesday crashes leave 2 critically injured
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — Two separate area accidents Wednesday resulted in two critically injured victims, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. The FHP has not yet released the name of … Find out how to read more online.
FWC apologizes for false info on boaters’ deaths
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:31AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — An official state report recently released to family members of two men who died after a May boating accident contained wildly false information. “What happened is, there … Find out how to read more online.
‘Safety first’ when rescuing critters
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pat Kerring and a couple of other kayak guides from Beach Road Water Sports figured it would be a good idea to take in the animal-rescue class sponsored … Find out how to read more online.
BRIGHT IDEA
Tue  Jul 21 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — In less than three months, James and Thomas Hinck believe solar panels have proven to be a good investment. The two brothers are financial advisers for Wells Fargo … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Jul 20 2015 06:38PM
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‘Great facilitator’
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:29PM
MURDOCK — When Western Michigan University officials visit Charlotte to further explore the feasibility of establishing an aviation program here, and they have made the trip at least 20 times, … Find out how to read more online.
Former Englewood man’s novel to become movie
Fri  Jul 31 2015 04:22PM
ENGLEWOOD — When Ransom Riggs learned Samuel L. Jackson is playing a character in his young-adult novel turned movie, he freaked out. Novelist Riggs, who grew up in a little … Find out how to read more online.
Higher fire rates eyed
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Property owners within the Englewood Area Fire Control District could see slight hikes to their assessments. “We, like everyone else, have suffered through the recession,” Englewood Fire Chief … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood restaurateurs called to serve
Wed  Jul 29 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood-area restaurateurs are being asked to join together so new patrons might discover and savor the variety of cuisines served in Englewood and Cape Haze restaurants. The Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
SCSO: Man set off chemical bombs in Englewood
Thu  Jul 30 2015 03:59PM
ENGLEWOOD — A 35-year-old Nokomis man was arrested for setting off acid bombs amid residential apartments in Englewood just for fun, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s report. Joseph Henry … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay hike sweetened
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Charlotte County Commission quelled the ire of property owners within the Lemon Bay Municipal Service Benefit Unit Thursday. Commissioners also postponed hiking the assessments of Rotonda Meadows/Villas … Find out how to read more online.
Placida Grill’s focus: Better ingredients, better food
Tue  Jul 28 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — In 2013, Susie Gordon and her brother, Scott, set out to develop a high-quality restaurant centered on fresh, local ingredients. “It is easy in the restaurant business,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Corporal dodged enemy, friendly fire in Korea
Mon  Jul 27 2015 12:51PM
Robert Borboro, of Cross Creek RV Park north of Arcadia, spent the better part of two years in Korea during that war. While it’s been 60 years since he was … Find out how to read more online.
Hired Guns
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
Local law enforcement members are always looking to help their community — and make some extra cash at the same time. And they’re certainly getting the chance to do so. … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-toll collector gains worldwide support
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
BOCA GRANDE — Until recently, 77-year-old Vladislav “Sam” Samsonov didn’t know what the words “trending” or “viral” meant. Now, all he knows is his story is doing both — worldwide. … Find out how to read more online.
Tentative deal reached in Morningside squabble
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A tentative agreement has been reached that may settle the Morningside Drive zoning battle. “County staff worked really hard with us to come up with this arrangement. When … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte settles Cape Haze Pioneer Trail suit
Sun  Jul 26 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County settling its suit with the Coral Creek Club owners ends a long-standing dispute over the Cape Haze-Pioneer Trail. The county’s proposed budget for next year calls … Find out how to read more online.
Hikes sour Lemon Bay MSBU
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Proposed assessment hikes have property owners up in arms in the Lemon Bay Street and Drainage Unit. The property owners have been paying an annual $30 non-ad valorem … Find out how to read more online.
Men still in critical condition after shooting
Fri  Jul 24 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The two men injured in a shooting early Wednesday morning were still in critical condition Thursday afternoon, according to North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia. Just before … Find out how to read more online.
State cites Venice Regional for 13 more violations
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:31AM
VENICE — Venice Regional Bayfront Health now is accused of a total of 15 federal and state regulatory violations, as a result of failing to “adequately address a large sewage … Find out how to read more online.
Anglers needed to help football program
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:31AM
ENGLEWOOD — Junior varsity and varsity Lemon Bay High School players would need thousands of dollars just to play football if they had to foot the bill. With the help … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte to buy new parking fee system for beaches, boat ramps
Wed  Jul 22 2015 08:31AM
MURDOCK — Dig deep in your purse or pockets. Check that black hole between the car seats. Keep that change handy, because you’ll need it to park at many Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
FWC releases report on fatal boating accident
Tue  Jul 21 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Authorities have determined alcohol and choppy seas may have contributed to a recent boating accident that resulted in the deaths of a Port Charlotte man and his … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jul 19 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE Leola Van Crawford Leola Van Crawford, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away peacefully Monday, July 13, 2015, at home. She was born June 17, 1926, in Magnolia, Miss., to Claude … Find out how to read more online.