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Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage … Find out how to read more online.
Expect seasonal weather, afternoon showers
Mon  Oct 20 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After a dry weekend, residents can expect mostly sunny skies again on Monday, but partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected after … Find out how to read more online.
New data security for Beef’s post-breach
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The owner of the local Beef ‘O’ Brady’s on Sumter Boulevard has made significant strides toward protecting his restaurant and his customers, following a data breach in … Find out how to read more online.
Open for business
Fri  Oct 17 2014 03:09PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Angel Luna drove two and half hours from Orlando after work on Wednesday to be first in line for the grand opening of the new Mall at … Find out how to read more online.
South Gulf Cove paving heats up
Fri  Oct 17 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — The South Gulf Cove Non-Urban Street and Drainage MSBU Advisory Committee has been mulling over a $24 million repaving program for a year. Questions still are flying as … Find out how to read more online.
Audit shows first boat race lost money
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK —The inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April finds itself swimming $54,511 in the red. According to a Charlotte County Clerk of the Court audit, the boat … Find out how to read more online.
Area medical cannabis company inks deal for smokeless therapies
Tue  Oct 14 2014 01:19AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — If Amendment 2 passes in November, Florida patients, including those in Sarasota County who are qualified to use medical marijuana for a variety of serious illnesses, will … Find out how to read more online.
Venice considers future of Rev3 triathlon event
Tue  Oct 14 2014 08:00AM
Should Rev3 become the signature sports event for Venice? That’s the question city council will address at its regular meeting. City Manager Ed Lavallee will lead the discussion. The city … Find out how to read more online.
Benedetti challenges for fire board
Fri  Oct 17 2014 11:17AM
ENGLEWOOD — Ron Benedetti does not golf or boat, but he wants to serve the Englewood community. Benedetti, 65, is challenging Fire Commissioner Jeff Kern for Seat 3 on the … Find out how to read more online.
Cold front comes this week
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
The weather should “cool off a little bit” this week, according to Rodney Wynn of the National Weather Service. This is due to a cold front with showers and thunderstorms … Find out how to read more online.
Pilots fly in for breakfast, fun
Mon  Oct 13 2014 03:23PM
ENGLEWOOD — He stepped off his Harley-Davidson, unfastened the goggles from his eyes and put on his Red Baron cap. Punta Gorda resident Dennis Slaughter adjusted his red scarf and … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping up with the third-graders
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
DEEP CREEK — “Ms. Staik, I just don’t get it.” Those words, whined by a third-grade student at Deep Creek Elementary School, just about broke my heart. And the worst … Find out how to read more online.
One step closer
Sat  Oct 11 2014 08:00AM
Seven down, six to go. Six is the number of churches needed for the full tally of 13 to make Family Promise a reality. The concept is for 13 churches … Find out how to read more online.
NPPD sergeant passes away
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police Sgt. Scott Graham, 59, of Port Charlotte, died Friday after several months spent fighting a critical illness. “He will be missed,” NPPD Chief Kevin … Find out how to read more online.
Survivors share stories, strength
Sat  Oct 11 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Sonya Santiago was only 19 when she was brutally murdered at her apartment on Vasco Street in Punta Gorda. But her family certainly has kept the young … Find out how to read more online.
White Cane Day honors the blind
Sat  Oct 11 2014 08:00AM
“Close your eyes; now cross the street.” National White Cane Day is celebrated yearly to bring about public awareness of the white cane law that exists for people who are … Find out how to read more online.
Opera director shares his expertise
Tue  Oct 14 2014 08:00AM
Those who want to learn more about opera can do no better than studying with Richard Russell, executive director of Sarasota Opera, and the opera’s director of artistic administration, Greg … Find out how to read more online.
Good year for Florida’s nesting turtles
Mon  Oct 13 2014 03:18PM
This year has turned out to be a banner year for sea turtle nesting. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the state is receiving reports of high numbers … Find out how to read more online.
Charlie Daniels coming to Englewood tonight
Fri  Oct 10 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — This week in 1979, Charlie Daniels took home the Country Music Association Single of the Year award for “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” That night, Daniels won … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 01:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in … Find out how to read more online.
SKY Academy eyes new charter school
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — SKY Academy in Englewood on Tuesday will seek consideration as the newest charter school in Sarasota County. Sarasota County School Board members will hear a proposal from SKY … Find out how to read more online.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins with first step
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Melissa Vanderbilt-Bestor remembers her grandmother as an outgoing and nurturing woman. Pearl Peeler, now 95, used to invite patients from the mental hospital, where she worked, to … Find out how to read more online.
Czech-Slovak Club begins new season
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — The American Czech and Slovak Club of Southwest Florida will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 season at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Family Table Restaurant, … Find out how to read more online.
Doctors urge caution
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
Upon returning to Punta Gorda from his homeland in Nigeria, where he is helping to support a local hospital, retired physician Dr. Olawale Idewu had his Atlanta-bound plane diverted out … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with vehicular homicide
Fri  Oct 17 2014 03:09PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A local man has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in June. David McGovern, 24, … Find out how to read more online.
Constance calls for authority chief’s ouster
Thu  Oct 16 2014 08:00AM
BRADENTON — Charlotte County Commissioner Chris Constance called for the termination of Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority’s Executive Director Pat Lehman on Wednesday, claiming that Lehman constantly abused … Find out how to read more online.
Write a letter to a veteran
Tue  Oct 14 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The new Charlotte County L.O.V.E. (Love Our Veterans Endlessly) Project is encouraging residents and their families to offer a small token of recognition and appreciation to members … Find out how to read more online.
Kern seeks another term on fire board
Fri  Oct 17 2014 11:17AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jeff Kern wants to serve another term as the Englewood Area Fire Control District Seat 3 commissioner. Kern, 63, now serves as fire board chairman. If re-elected, he … Find out how to read more online.
New UTC Mall opening this week
Mon  Oct 13 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — As the clock winds down to the grand opening of the Mall at University Town Center on Thursday, constructions crews, retailers and restaurateurs are all working feverishly … Find out how to read more online.
Resources help abuse victims reclaim power
Mon  Oct 13 2014 03:24PM
The color purple is taking on new meaning after cities statewide have proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Several organizations in Sarasota and Charlotte counties are using purple ribbons … Find out how to read more online.
Serving lunch to 700 students
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — When asked to spend a day in the shoes of someone who works in Charlotte County Public Schools, I was given the choice of being a principal … Find out how to read more online.
Getting kids to school safely
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Before most of us are out of bed, there’s a small army of quick-witted, team-minded, safety-conscious professionals who have a great responsibility twice a day: safely driving … Find out how to read more online.
Health & Fitness Fair celebrates active lifestyle
Sun  Oct 12 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Starting off in Canada, then Wisconsin, and making multiple stops before landing in Punta Gorda and New Mexico, respectively, sisters Lisa Heid and Traci Hegland have known … Find out how to read more online.
Murderer gets 32 years
Sat  Oct 11 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A plaque set in stone bearing the name “William F. Taylor” became the newest addition to a memorial garden for murder victims outside the Charlotte County Justice … Find out how to read more online.
Church wants to scare the ‘hell’ out of you
Sat  Oct 11 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Terrified of what she would find when she came home, a young Nancy Turpin ran as fast as she could from school. Events from the night were still … Find out how to read more online.
Free Breast Cancer Awareness Event set
Sat  Oct 11 2014 08:00AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health invites the public to Party in Pink at its sixth annual breast cancer awareness event on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Venice … Find out how to read more online.
County receives awards for excellence in finance
Sat  Oct 11 2014 08:00AM
The Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller has received the Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association. The national … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County settles Rotonda III
Fri  Oct 10 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County has reached an out-of-court settlement in the Rotonda III sewer case, which officials hope will be the final chapter in a series of lawsuits. Plaintiffs agreed … Find out how to read more online.
Expansion begins at Punta Gorda airport
Fri  Oct 10 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Work began Thursday on the long-awaited, multimillion-dollar terminal expansion at the Punta Gorda Airport. With passenger traffic already at nearly a half-million travelers so far this year, … Find out how to read more online.