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Ziegler battles union over emails
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Sarasota County School Board member and candidate Bridget Ziegler insists she did nothing wrong by sending emails to school principals and teachers regarding her campaign. On Thursday, the Sarasota Classified/Teachers … Find out how to read more online.
Gymnast tumbling into success
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Small in stature with bright blue eyes, 9-year-old Faith Deacetis’ shy demeanor doesn’t give outsiders an inkling of her powerhouse skills when she steps on a gym mat. Faith, who … Find out how to read more online.
Challenges to the Charlotte’s comp plan
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Winning the F18 Americas
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
For Charlotte Harbor Regatta, the journey to winning the 2015 F18 Americas Championship began with losing out on a less prestigious regional regatta in a different class. The loss reinforced … Find out how to read more online.
New courts bolster pickleball craze
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pickleball saved John Foard’s life. Diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer in late 2013, Foard had two goals. He wanted to attend his daughter’s wedding and win a … Find out how to read more online.
Demolition begins at Circus Arena
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
While Venice gets ready to herald in a new landmark, the Venice Performing Arts Center, it was demolition day for another landmark, the historic Venice Circus Arena, constructed in 1960. … Find out how to read more online.
Prosecutors charge second murder suspect
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The State Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Dwayne Johnson, 32, of Port Charlotte, with one count of second-degree murder with a firearm, a life felony, for allegedly killing Kello Bonhomme, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte tightens political sign enforcement
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Candidates for local political offices in Charlotte County learned this week they can no longer post signs outside any county property where early voting is being held. In prior election … Find out how to read more online.
Beat it, clouds, the sun is back
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
OK. Sing along. Sunny days are here again. After a few cloudy days, the sun is expected to be back in full force. And yes, thank you, dryness, too. Jennifer … Find out how to read more online.
SKY Academy of Englewood approved
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County School Board approved the charter application of SKY Academy of Englewood Tuesday afternoon — the vote was 4-1, with member Shirley Brown dissenting — … Find out how to read more online.

Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:29PM
Charlotte boat race organizers are in deep
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County commissioners appeared ready Tuesday to keelhaul organizers of the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April. Race organizers may be able to bail themselves … Find out how to read more online.
Larger voter turnout predicted
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent, said she expects at least a 60 percent voter turnout in the Nov. 4 general election — a higher percentage … Find out how to read more online.
Local group sings, raises scholarships
Mon  Oct 20 2014 06:56PM
ENGLEWOOD — For the past 20 years, Lemon Bay Chord Company members have done more than harmonize, they’ve given more than $100,000 in scholarships to Englewood and North Port students. … Find out how to read more online.
State officials to celebrate Coral Creek
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
ROTONDA WEST — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials want to mark the first phase of habitat restoration along Coral Creek. The water district — commonly known as Swiftmud — … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood CRA prepares for the season
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Sarasota County Englewood Community Redevelopment Area Agency Advisory Board has approved grants to enliven West Dearborn Street this fall. The CRA offers nonprofits and others small grants, … Find out how to read more online.
Local group sings, raises scholarships
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — For the past 20 years, Lemon Bay Chord Company members have done more than harmonize, they’ve given more than $100,000 in scholarships to Englewood and North Port students. … Find out how to read more online.
Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
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 08:00AM
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.
School district email system back up
Fri  Oct 24 2014 06:02PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — According to Sarasota County Schools staff, computer problems that plagued the district this week have been resolved. Early Friday afternoon, district spokesman Scott Ferguson said teaching applications … Find out how to read more online.
Man who lost twins works to save lives
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Watching children grow up can bring tremendous joy to parents. Taking their first step, opening birthday and Christmas gifts, first day of kindergarten and driving home the … Find out how to read more online.
Police catch alleged sandwich thief
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The local man accused of shoplifting a sandwich from a grocery store Wednesday was back for more the following day. And he wasn’t going to be caught … Find out how to read more online.
Redneck Yacht Club stabber gets three years
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — February 8 was the worst night of Amy Rachel’s life. But she took the stand Friday to recall her stabbing, and to talk about the lasting effects … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s comp plan changes challenged
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ladies in Retirement’ pulls plug on retirement plans
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The Lemon Bay Playhouse gives a new twist, and twisted view, on retirement planning in its latest play, “Ladies in Retirement,” running through Nov. 9. The actors in this melodrama had … Find out how to read more online.
Youth football funds sacked
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Cats football season may have wrapped up last weekend, but officials are still trying to tackle an expensive off-field issue. The Englewood Area Athletic Association is … Find out how to read more online.
Campaign complaints filed against School Board member
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Three complaints were filed with the Florida Election Commission alleging a Sarasota County School Board member solicited campaign donations from district employees while they were on the job. … Find out how to read more online.
Fire safety and fun at the library
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 7, Avery Cardona thought being a firefighter for a day would be pretty cool. “The Jaws of Life are too heavy, I can’t lift them,” he told … Find out how to read more online.
RV park shooting victim remains hospitalized
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The woman who was shot this week inside a trailer at Charlotte Harbor RV Park remained in the intensive care unit at Lee Memorial Hospital late Thursday, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales remain solid
Tue  Oct 21 2014 06:08PM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of … Find out how to read more online.
World champion chef joins BBBS fundraiser
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
A dedicated group of volunteers for Englewood’s Big Brothers Big Sisters is working to fill the hall at the Englewood Event Center for its signature fundraiser, Chefs Cooking For Kids. Festivities get underway … Find out how to read more online.
Students join third big wave of ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte County workers to get raises
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — On the last day of the month, Charlotte County employees will receive quite a Halloween treat with their first pay raise in seven years. The 3 percent pay … Find out how to read more online.
District spokesman gets warning for political emails
Tue  Oct 21 2014 03:37PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Gary Leatherman, chief spokesman for the Sarasota County School District, is facing no disciplinary action after using the district’s email system for political purposes earlier this month. … Find out how to read more online.
Waiting for Charlotte’s Web
Sun  Oct 19 2014 08:00AM
Editor’s note: The Sun periodically will be writing about the Wager family as they try new treatments — possibly medical marijuana — for their son Dylan, who suffers from cerebral … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
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.