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Knowlton family to attend Police Chief Lewis’ trial
Thu  Jun 22 2017 10:07AM
PUNTA GORDA — Mary Knowlton’s son, Steve Knowlton, said the family will be at the trial of Police Chief Tom Lewis, and his dad, Gary Knowlton, will briefly testify about … Find out how to read more online.
Full house for assisted living hearing
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — More than 200 residents filed into the Charlotte Harbor Event Center Wednesday to voice concerns as the City Council mulled over a proposed assisted living facility. Punta … Find out how to read more online.
Green Street Church move faces hurdles
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Julie Giuliano likes the idea of moving the Historic Green Street Church and Museum to the Lemon Bay Cemetery on State Road 776. “It would be nice,” said … Find out how to read more online.
‘Get your glow on,’ at North Port’s B-I-N-G-Glo
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Friday night will be bright and fluorescent at one North Port location as the city hosts its occasional Binglo night. It is a family game night that … Find out how to read more online.
1,500 gallons raw sewage enter Punta Gorda storm drain
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Rain caused 1,500 gallons of raw sewage to enter a storm drain early Monday morning, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said. The sewage was released from … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership Charlotte Class of 2017 graduates
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
The Class of 2017 of Leadership Charlotte celebrated their graduation on Saturday at the Kingsway Country Club in Port Charlotte. The class project, “Denim & Diamonds,” supported several local groups … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch hosts Iron Horse bike night
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Babcock Ranch hosted an Iron Horse bike night Saturday in the new downtown area. Bikers from all over Charlotte and Lee counties attended the first annual event. Food trucks were … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County circles the food trucks, seeks clearer rules
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Charlotte County last rewrote its ordinance on mobile vending (aka food trucks) 31 years ago. Back then, Article IX, Roadside Peddling, appeared in the sketchy company of Article X, Escort … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte briefs
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Notice of change of meeting venue Please be aware that the Punta Gorda City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. today at the Charlotte Harbor Event … Find out how to read more online.
Big Brothers Big Sisters supporters Bowl for Kids Sake
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
A sold-out crowd supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlotte County recently raised more than $5,000 during the third annual Bowling for Kids Sake, held Saturday at Bowland in Port … Find out how to read more online.
Plane’s engine failure still unexplained
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:32PM
The final report issued last month on the July 27, 2014, airplane accident that claimed two lives on Venice Beach doesn’t answer the question on everyone’s mind then: Why? On … Find out how to read more online.
That time I was addicted to pain medication
Tue  Jun 20 2017 08:30AM
A few years ago I bent over and reached into the oven to take out a tray of pork chops. The pork chops came out, but I almost didn’t. My … Find out how to read more online.
Chiropractic aims to curb opioid dependence
Mon  Jun 19 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — On Dec. 22, Dave and Jean Somers were driving south on Interstate 75 when traffic slowed and then came to a halt. In his rear-view mirror, Dave … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda man took part in Battle of Metz
Mon  Jun 19 2017 08:30AM
The 3rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, the outfit Pfc. Tom Moore of Rotonda served with during World War II, was called “Patton’s Ghost Troops.” They were the flamboyant 3rd Army tank … Find out how to read more online.
Fathers, children share gift of pride with each other
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:21PM
Memorable journey On his 94th birthday, the “pretty ladies” on the flight crew serenaded Lloyd Parsons as they flew toward Fort Myers, the last leg of a Southwest Florida Honor … Find out how to read more online.
Measuring nation’s success can be tricky
Mon  Jun 19 2017 04:01PM
What is the best measurement of success for our country? One measurement, highly touted by politicians of both parties, is how fast our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is growing. You … Find out how to read more online.
Rooney: Shooting was ‘surreal’
Wed  Jun 21 2017 02:49PM
For U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, a normal Wednesday morning baseball practice led to “totally surreal” moments when he learned fellow congressmen were targeted by a shooter four minutes after he … Find out how to read more online.
Another Census survey: Why pick on me?
Fri  Jun 16 2017 11:27AM
Helen Saidt received a letter recently addressed to “Resident” from the U.S. Census Bureau. In it was the American Community Survey (ACS). Some of the 72 questions asked for her … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Fast food manager exchanged explicit pics with underage employee
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:10PM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was arrested after exchanging sexually explicit images with an underage Chick-fil-A co-worker, according to North Port Police Department reports. Daniel Ott, 29, was … Find out how to read more online.
Emergency shock
Tue  Jun 13 2017 11:49AM
Diana Trolli was suffering chest pains when paramedics drove her from North Port to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. When she saw her ambulance bill, Trolli felt a new tightness in her … Find out how to read more online.
MALL POPULARITY SLIPPING
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
Dennis Platte visits Port Charlotte Town Center often, shopping at Sears and J.C. Penney, and even walking the mall for exercise. He loves the clothes and friendly staff at J.C. Penney, … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man from dating site steals woman’s car
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda woman had her car stolen from her after meeting a Fort Myers man from an online dating site for the first time. According to an arrest warrant, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Police Department promotes summer pool safety
Thu  Jun 22 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department and the YMCA are inviting families out to learn more about pool safety Saturday. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Dome flea market calling it quits
Tue  Jun 20 2017 05:58PM
ENGLEWOOD — After 43 years, the owners of the Dome Flea & Farmers Market have told vendors they’re calling it quits. “It’s a nightmare, a nightmare,” said Ginger Hansel, who … Find out how to read more online.
‘Odd Couple’ finds refuge on Palm Island
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
On a recent visit to Palm Island, I noticed a very strange “odd couple” of birds together in a coastal lagoon. A reddish egret which is a Caribbean/tropical bird near … Find out how to read more online.
Kids try to hook the big one at fishing tournament
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
The Elks Lodge 2606 in Punta Gorda held its annual kids fishing tournament Saturday along the banks of the Peace River. Hundreds of kids fished from the pier and shore … Find out how to read more online.
Gulf Coast Partnership assumes lead in homelessness fight
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Starting July 1, the Gulf Coast Partnership will become the county’s lead agency for homelessness, replacing the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. The transition should be a seamless one, … Find out how to read more online.
Indiana man arrested as burglary suspect
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A man from Indianapolis was arrested in connection with the burglary of an occupied home in Punta Gorda. The owner of a residence on Odyssey Court told … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda Airport adds more routes
Wed  Jun 21 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — More routes will soon be coming to Punta Gorda Airport. Allegiant Air and Punta Gorda Airport announced Tuesday the addition of four year-round nonstop routes to the … Find out how to read more online.
Finding a tax balance
Tue  Jun 20 2017 08:30AM
Thirteen years ago, Hurricane Charley turned Punta Gorda into rubble. Homes and businesses were destroyed. The city’s infrastructure was nearly washed away. And, depending on who you ask, the city … Find out how to read more online.
SKY acquires Charlotte YMCA
Tue  Jun 20 2017 08:30AM
The SKY Family YMCA is acquiring the Charlotte County Family YMCA in a move it hopes will bolster resources for members and better its bottom line. “The acquisition follows a … Find out how to read more online.
Crack down on opioids
Mon  Jun 19 2017 11:14PM
SARASOTA — A phone on the floor of a halfway house lights up with a new text message. “Hey for real, inject slowly because that’s no joke, it’s a...ton of … Find out how to read more online.
Counties form line to leave regional planning council
Mon  Jun 19 2017 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is pulling out of the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, following in the footsteps of other key members and putting the organization’s future in jeopardy. In … Find out how to read more online.
Lifting hundreds of pounds? No big deal
Mon  Jun 19 2017 08:30AM
In a few weeks, Richard VanAcker Jr. will be in Pennsylvania, picking up a car. But he won’t be driving away with it. He’ll actually be walking away with it … Find out how to read more online.
VA backs off on benefit cuts
Sun  Jun 18 2017 08:30AM
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers top-notch medical care. It’s the financial end, some area veterans say, that’s in trouble. Congress and the VA last week made moves to repair … Find out how to read more online.
WHAT IS A Resort Fee?
Fri  Jun 16 2017 08:30AM
“Resort Fee” “Facility Fee” “Destination Fee” “Residence Fee” “Service Charge” With apologies to Shakespeare’s rose in Romeo and Juliet, no matter what a hotel calls it, a resort fee is … Find out how to read more online.
Area educators give mixed reviews to education bill
Fri  Jun 16 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Gov. Rick Scott signed a controversial education bill into law Thursday, and local educators joined in the chorus of criticism across the state. Supporters praise parts of … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte wants food truck input
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:21PM
Sharon Ullrich may be the last food vendor on wheels in West Charlotte County. For the last four years, Ullrich has sold hot dogs, sausages, other food and refreshments from … Find out how to read more online.
The wait begins for the Braves
Fri  Jun 16 2017 10:21AM
NORTH PORT — And now the waiting begins, and the anticipation builds. Will West Villages be successful in its quest to bring spring training baseball, specifically the Atlanta Braves, to … Find out how to read more online.
Commission set to switch up meetings in July, discuss other staff contracts
Thu  Jun 15 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The City Commission has a long to-do list, and transparency is at the top. As part of that, commissioners want to cut down on the hourslong meetings … Find out how to read more online.


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