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Restaurants savor ‘Let’s Eat! Englewood’ results
Sun  Oct 4 2015 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — For Heath Weichmann, it’s a pleasure to go to work at 3 a.m. and begin preparing ingredients for the hearty chowder, stuffed chicken breast and marinara for Zeke’s … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood’s own hometown winery a sweet surprise
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — A local winery that makes and sells handcrafted wines? It may seem highly unlikely, but it’s absolutely true. As a matter of fact, Catania’s Winery has been operating … Find out how to read more online.
Probation in sex case reduced to child abuse
Sun  Oct 4 2015 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A 29-year-old North Port man — who had faced more than 100 years in prison for child sex-abuse charges — was placed on probation after several of … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Farmers Market reopens Thursday
Wed  Sep 30 2015 10:10AM
ENGLEWOOD — Understanding that selling slices of creamy cheesecake might not work in the Florida sun, one Tampa couple decided to put the homemade desserts in jars. This will be … Find out how to read more online.
Homecoming excitement grows at Lemon Bay
Fri  Oct 2 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Earlier this week, Maite Olaez slipped on her high heels and practiced walking and dancing. The 17-year-old Lemon Bay High School senior wants to look good in her … Find out how to read more online.
Customers fight Sandalhaven rate hike
Tue  Sep 29 2015 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Customers of private sewer Utilities Inc. of Sandalhaven got the opportunity last week to lodge their complaints against the utility’s proposed 139 percent rate increase to Florida Public Service … Find out how to read more online.
2015 LBHS Homecoming Court
Wed  Sep 30 2015 08:30AM
The 2015 Lemon Bay High School Homecoming Court gathered Tuesday at the school. Front row, from left: Kailene Holmes (class of 2019); Juliannah Stephens (class of 2018); and Breeana Carr, … Find out how to read more online.
Mantas in ‘Sync’
Tue  Sep 29 2015 02:41PM
Lemon Bay High School held its annual Homecoming Lip Sync on Monday night at the school gym in Englewood, as homecoming week got underway at the school. Events run all … Find out how to read more online.
No sure-fire answer for economic growth
Sun  Sep 27 2015 08:30AM
Natural resources aren’t enough. Economic growth requires the combined efforts of the public and private sector — and community leaders say that’s what needs to happen in Sarasota and Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Shedding light on darkness of suicide
Sun  Sep 27 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Sahlberg had just completed his second deployment to Iraq last year, returning home to his wife and three children, when he started … Find out how to read more online.
911 review initiative underway
Sun  Sep 27 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After teaming up with an emergency communications recording group, the Denise Amber Lee Foundation jointly launched an initiative to help public-safety agencies review standard procedures for responding to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ambassador’ Grace fights youth violence
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:24PM
At just 17, Grace Wickerson balances a 4.0 grade-point average while managing her nonprofit club and being a Youth Service America ambassador. The Pine View School student recently was selected … Find out how to read more online.
FAME, cancer foundation — ‘people helping people’
Fri  Sep 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — This year’s Pioneer Days Mayor for a Day ended his tenure on quite a graceful note. Tuesday night, “Mayor” Jim Pivovar and his nonprofit Friends for the Advancement … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte will help launch Waterfest
Wed  Sep 23 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners are on board to help the inaugural Englewood Beach Waterfest. The commission voted 4-0 for county attorneys to draw up a contract that will help … Find out how to read more online.
Survey says: Jobs, safety, housing
Tue  Sep 22 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Jobs, public safety and affordable housing should be Sarasota County’s top priorities, according to a recent survey. The results of the 2015 Citizen Opinion Survey, conducted for … Find out how to read more online.
Navy corpsman saved others on Saipan
Mon  Sep 21 2015 08:30AM
It wasn’t long after Navy Medical Corpsman Steven Bizeur waded ashore on Kwajalein with the 4th Marine Division during World War II that he became a casualty himself. “I was … Find out how to read more online.
Economic talk centers on youth
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:23PM
NORTH PORT –– Encouraging younger generations to remain in the area as they enter the workforce dominated the conversation Saturday as community leaders from Sarasota and Charlotte counties met for … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Sun  Oct 4 2015 01:00AM
Frances Faye Rossi hasn’t driven an automobile for several years, but that’s a good thing. “Look how beautiful the sky looks,” Rossi said as she rode a Charlotte County Transit … Find out how to read more online.
David Dunn-Rankin gets prestigious publishing nod
Sun  Oct 4 2015 01:00AM
David Dunn-Rankin, president of the Sun Coast Media Group and publisher of the Charlotte Sun, will be nominated as president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association on Monday during the … Find out how to read more online.
First signs of red tide in local waters
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — State researchers reported Friday traces of the toxic red tide algae in water samples throughout Sarasota County to Boca Grande. Background to very low concentrations of the algae … Find out how to read more online.
Mantas score with role swap
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
The Lemon Bay High School Powder Puff game was held Thursday evening in Englewood, part of the school’s homecoming week festivities. … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota erosion ‘chronic’
Sat  Oct 3 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Gulf beach erosion on Manasota Key is not going away. It’s getting worse. Coastal Engineering Consultants completed a Manasota Key North Beach Erosion Study from the Sarasota-Charlotte county … Find out how to read more online.
10-foot gator caught at Venice’s South Jetty
Wed  Sep 30 2015 10:10AM
VENICE — A 10-foot alligator was captured Thursday at the South Jetty. After a more than three-hour battle with a trapper and a lifeguard on a Jet Ski — a … Find out how to read more online.
Hometown take on ‘Tourist’ chic
Wed  Sep 30 2015 08:30AM
It was “Tacky Tourist Tuesday” at Lemon Bay High School. … Find out how to read more online.
Springs marks one year reopened
Tue  Sep 29 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A year ago, the 81-acre Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa reopened to the public after the city of North Port took over the natural attraction following an ill-fated … Find out how to read more online.
Bobcats impressive again in Pop Warner play
Tue  Sep 29 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Pop Warner Mighty Mite Bobcats took a convincing 30-13 victory over the host Lehigh Raiders Saturday in Peace River Conference Pop Warner action. The Bobcats and … Find out how to read more online.
Airman flew damaged plane over Alps after bomb run
Mon  Sep 28 2015 08:30AM
Len Nauman piloted his B-24 Liberator out of the bomber base in Foggia, Italy, one of several hundred planes on the bombing run. Their target that day: a ball-bearing factory … Find out how to read more online.
Papal pilgrimage brought us all together
Sun  Sep 27 2015 08:30AM
We’re all a part of history, every day, usually in ways so small they’ll never make a history book, and it isn’t often that we can say we took part … Find out how to read more online.
Waterfest draws Clydesdales, seeks volunteers
Fri  Sep 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Beach Waterfest co-chairwoman Elaine Miller was excited Tuesday when she learned the iconic Budweiser Clydesdale horses will participate in the inaugural Waterfest celebration. Peace River Distributing arranged … Find out how to read more online.
‘Closet’ works to fill foster kids’ needs
Fri  Sep 25 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Many times, a black garbage bag is the only thing a child has when they arrive at a foster home. Inside that bag could be a pair of … Find out how to read more online.
Beer nest, construction debris found at cleanup
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:23PM
ENGLEWOOD — While cleaning around the edge of a Cedar Point Environmental Park trail, Karen Schwab spotted a nest. As she walked closer, she realized it was a nest made … Find out how to read more online.
Public invited inside historic Gasparilla Inn
Wed  Sep 23 2015 08:30AM
BOCA GRANDE — Before opening the doors for its 102th season, Gasparilla Inn management welcomes the general public to come and see the historic resort. “It can be exciting for … Find out how to read more online.
The one that got away ...
Tue  Sep 22 2015 08:30AM
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources played host to its fourth annual Youth Fall Fishing Tournament on Saturday at Manasota Beach in Englewood. The event was for children ages … Find out how to read more online.
Full hearts fill Empty Bowls in hunger fight
Sun  Sep 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Patti and Ron Campbell were born in the same hospital in Massachusetts, were friends at the same high school, and have shared the same home for more … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Charlotte deputy stuns man in the eye
Sat  Sep 19 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD EAST — A man’s efforts to resist arrest Thursday almost cost him his eye. Rockford Lewis Upton, 47, had to have surgery after his left eyeball was pierced by … Find out how to read more online.