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Christmas Truce re-enactment canceled in Englewood
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two local groups planned to re-enact the Christmas Truce of 1914 on Monday at a local park. The soldier actors would learn that the enemy shared their same … Find out how to read more online.
App targets Brazilian tourists
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
Chip Futch, marketing director for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, said a future iPhone and Android application may bring millions more tourists to Southwest Florida. The app, currently … Find out how to read more online.
Area high school grades news mixed
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Grades for Charlotte County Public Schools’ three major high schools dipped, while two in Sarasota County leaped from a B to an A, according to a state report released Thursday. … Find out how to read more online.
Church reaches out to those feeling ‘blue’
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Darlene Plank won’t see her daughter Lisa on Christmas or New Year’s. The pair won’t celebrate or exchange gifts. Plank’s daughter is in prison in Homestead, Fla. “It makes the … Find out how to read more online.
Denise Amber Lee Foundation has new role
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Any time Nathan Lee gets to thank the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, he doesn’t hesitate. Although he’s said it dozens of times, he believes the foundation is one … Find out how to read more online.
WWII veteran receives high school diploma
Fri  Dec 19 2014 03:16PM
A few weeks ago, 90-year-old Port Charlotte resident Mike Humenansky was sitting at home with his wife Rosalie and reflecting on his life. He had been married fairly young to … Find out how to read more online.
Morningside rezoning to be reconsidered
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A developer hopes to break the Sarasota County Planning Commission’s impasse Thursday. The developer, GBU Ventures LLC, hopes more buffering will sway the advisory commission to pass on … Find out how to read more online.
New football, cheer association seeks supporters
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Mike Cody believes there is room for more youth football and cheerleading in North Port. Cody, who coached Pop Warner and North Port Huskys football locally for over … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay ‘elves’ party with preschoolers
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM

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Building a kayak with wings
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
At age 81, Skip Rasmussen, of Punta Gorda, is flying headlong into a new life venture. He’s building a twin-engine airplane in his Punta Gorda Isles garage. In life, he’s … Find out how to read more online.
Boats twinkle in 25th Annual Lighted Boat Parade
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The 25th annual Punta Gorda Lighted Boat Parade, planned and carried out by the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, lit the harbor with dazzling displays of holiday decorations Sunday night. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Happy Neuter Year’ campaign for dogs and cats
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
Pet owners in Charlotte and DeSoto counties can have their male dog or cat neutered as part of a special Animal Rescue Coalition program. The “Happy Neuter Year” campaign sponsored … Find out how to read more online.
Area has $3 million lottery winner
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
A stop at an Englewood convenience store has made someone a lot richer. Monday, the Florida Lottery identified Mark Lewis as the Dearborn Corner Market customer whose purchase of a … Find out how to read more online.
$3 million lottery ticket bought locally
Tue  Dec 16 2014 11:53AM
ENGLEWOOD — A stop at an Englewood convenience store has made someone a lot richer. Monday, the Florida Lottery identified Mark Lewis as the Dearborn Corner Market customer whose purchase … Find out how to read more online.
Santa takes a ‘Paws’ for a very good cause
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Families with kids lining up to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus are not the only ones. These days, four-legged children also are getting in on … Find out how to read more online.
Clothing from days gone by back in demand
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Vintage clothing represents life from another time, and probably is less indicative of the person who originally wore it than of the era itself. The fact that … Find out how to read more online.
Law enforcement agencies use results in crime investigations
Sun  Dec 14 2014 08:30AM
A bill the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received from DNA Labs International reflected about $2,000 in DNA testing for one recent case. The law enforcement agency paid the private lab … Find out how to read more online.
Complaint filed against Positive Bounds
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Four local business members have filed a complaint through the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services against the … Find out how to read more online.
Hands-on science makes cents
Sun  Dec 21 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Academy Worm Farm is officially open and ready for harvest, thanks to science teacher Deb Kindle and math teacher Jeremy Bunk. And according to Sean Moore, president … Find out how to read more online.
Cuban-Americans wary of détente
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
Julio Morales was part of the Mariel boatlift in 1980, when more than 100,000 Cubans made the treacherous crossing to Florida — and freedom. But as a boy growing up … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood launches ‘Waterfest’ plans
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Planning for the Englewood Beach Waterfest in November 2015 is on its way. The goal is for the Offshore Powerboat Association to stage powerboats qualifying and racing off … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front may come in chilly or wet Christmas package
Fri  Dec 19 2014 08:30AM
Although it’s highly unlikely to see a White Christmas in Southwest Florida, meteorologist Robert Garcia with the National Weather Service said he and his colleagues “never rule it out.” While … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village looking to expand
Thu  Dec 18 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the 36 years since Fishermen’s Village entered into a land lease with the city, the visitor outpost has grown from a sleepy spot on the harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Students shop with cops
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — “Do you know your grandfather’s shoe size?” Charlotte County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Cignarale asked 10-year-old Tyler Odom. “Yes, it’s a 10 and a half,” the Peace River Elementary … Find out how to read more online.
Respect for patients key to better hospital care
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
According to a new study by Consumer Reports, a key component in achieving the best outcome from a hospital stay is making sure you’re treated with respect. The study, “How … Find out how to read more online.
Perkins re-elected RWA president
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
Glynn S. Perkins was re-elected President of the Board of Directors of the Rotonda West Association at a special meeting on Dec. 9. He will serve his fifth consecutive term, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dancing Lessons’ is thought-provoking
Wed  Dec 17 2014 08:30AM
At Friday night’s performance of “Dancing Lessons” by Mark St. Germain, in the Keating Theatre at Florida Studio Theatre, heat was an issue — onstage and off. The room temperature … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Katelyn Dawn Lewis, 23, 1400 block of Achilles St., Port Charlotte. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Anderson Lee … Find out how to read more online.
A bus is a bus, not a bad ride
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
You can look at the reality of a broken-down truck as an excuse to discard hundreds of used dollars at a repair shop, or you can view it as an … Find out how to read more online.
North Port population expected to double by 2040
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
North Port’s population is expected to soar to 111,300 by 2040, according to figures released Monday in an economic forecast plan. There are currently 56,800 residents in North Port. Projected … Find out how to read more online.
Commission plans meeting today
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
Intermittent lane closures on Burnt Store Intermittent lane closures on Burnt Store Road, from Zemel Road south to Vincent Street, are expected to continue through Thursday. Drainage and utility work … Find out how to read more online.
Sewer bids sky high
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — When bids for the East and West Spring Lake sewer project were opened last week, the news was worse than expected. While the ceiling on anticipated costs already … Find out how to read more online.
Who should use Englewood Veterans Memorial?
Tue  Dec 16 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board wants public input before it limits use of the new Veterans Memorial at the west end of Dearborn Street. The advisory … Find out how to read more online.
Parade watching on Dearborn
Sun  Dec 14 2014 02:02PM
People lined West Dearborn Street to watch the Annual Englewood Christmas Parade Saturday evening. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Shop’ fund honors late NPPD sergeant
Mon  Dec 15 2014 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — This week, North Port police will team up to make sure area kids have a great Christmas. The annual “Shop with a Cop” event pairs officers and … Find out how to read more online.