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Cavanagh spent time in Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
Tom Cavanagh Jr. of Deep Creek arrived at Pearl Harbor aboard a troop transport with thousands of other Marines. World War II was 10 months from being over. “Pearl Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales total $100 million in value
Fri  Jul 22 2016 05:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — With the first half of 2016 in the books, real estate professionals in Charlotte County have reason to be celebrating. Realtors have been reaping the rewards of … Find out how to read more online.
Newt gobbles up Cruz for breakfast
Fri  Jul 22 2016 08:30AM
Newt Gingrich cut Ted Cruz down to size, and his words were balm to Bill Folchi. Folchi, a delegate representing District 17 at the Republican National Convention, attended a breakfast … Find out how to read more online.
Truex hears from South Gulf Cove, Rotonda Meadows
Fri  Jul 22 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County Commission Chairman Bill Truex wanted to hear from South Gulf Cove and Rotonda Meadows-Villas property owners on proposed assessment hikes to their communities. Because Truex couldn’t … Find out how to read more online.
Veteran gets keys to new home
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After a long month of searching, Charlie Murdock got the keys to his new home. The 94-year-old World War II veteran was burned out of his home during … Find out how to read more online.
Injured bobcat gets released
Wed  Jul 20 2016 03:29PM
ROTONDA WEST — The female bobcat who was knocked out when she hit a car last week, was released after recovering at the Peace River Wildlife Center. Wildlife Center employees … Find out how to read more online.
Man shot at Englewood park
Wed  Jul 20 2016 03:39PM
ENGLEWOOD — Jeremy McDermott is still recovering from a bullet that grazed his forehead and shattered his pinky. On July 6, McDermott, 39, said he was at the Englewood Park … Find out how to read more online.
County ready to purchase Myakka River Oyster Bar
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
The “I’s” may not be all dotted, or the “T’s” crossed, nor a purchase price announced, but it appears Sarasota County is on the verge of purchasing the long-running Myakka … Find out how to read more online.
Support group eases loss of beloved pet
Mon  Jul 25 2016 04:12PM
Anyone who has ever lost a pet knows how devastating that experience can be. “There is no such thing as ‘it’s only a pet.’ When a pet dies it can … Find out how to read more online.
Local delegates settle in as RNC opens
Wed  Jul 20 2016 06:02PM
Local delegates began following busy agendas Monday as the Republican National Convention opened in Cleveland. Bill Folchi, chairman of the Republican Party in Charlotte County, is representing Florida’s District 17, … Find out how to read more online.
Targeted
Thu  Jul 21 2016 11:36AM
Steve Gardiner slings a camouflage case across his shoulder as he walks into Paradise Shooter’s Range, careful to shut the door behind him. “You don’t want any noise getting out … Find out how to read more online.
State workshops to protect local rookeries
Mon  Jul 18 2016 03:29PM
Florida wildlife officials have long recognized the importance of island bird rookeries, but now they want to protect the Myakka River, Robert’s Bay and other rookeries year-round. They now want … Find out how to read more online.
Christmas in July
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
The 47th Annual Christmas in July Bazaar at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County opened Friday with Santa making a guest appearance around noon. The event continues today from 11 … Find out how to read more online.
Bank, Team Parkside present Beautification Award winners
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE – The winners of this quarter’s Parkside Beautification Awards created showplaces, albeit on a much different scale. Don Gasgarth Ford is a magnificent structure that commands attention along … Find out how to read more online.
Free bike lights and service with a smile
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — On the night of Oct. 30, a bicyclist was stopped by a Punta Gorda police officer and his K-9 for not having a light. When the 25-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte fighting Manasota Key erosion Some island property owners would like other county residents to help pay for renourishment project
Sat  Jul 16 2016 03:28PM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County is doing what it can to address the erosion along Manasota Key’s Gulf shoreline to the Sarasota-Charlotte County line. Tropical Storm Colin swept away sand last … Find out how to read more online.
The Lions Club, 75-cent mullet dinners and baseball
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
The Lions Club of Englewood is to be credited with organizing Little League baseball here in 1954. A piece of property on State Road 776 near the present Englewood Bowl … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda West bobcat continues to improve
Sat  Jul 16 2016 03:26PM
ROTONDA WEST— The bobcat who ran into a car early Tuesday morning in Rotonda West continues to improve. Following the incident on Placida Road, just north of the bridge and … Find out how to read more online.
Extreme, crazy cornholers wanted
Sat  Jul 16 2016 03:24PM
ENGLEWOOD — Ever wonder how extreme cornhole is played? Each participant spins around several times before his or her turn and then tries to throw the bean bag accurately into … Find out how to read more online.
Stabbed to death in drunken rage
Tue  Jul 19 2016 04:50PM
SARASOTA — Based on lengthy conversations spanning months, two inmates testified in court Friday that, in a drunken fit of rage, John Alan Mellquist stabbed his landlord to death, cleaned … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Nuisance pigs = profitable pork
Mon  Jul 25 2016 08:30AM
Florida is trying to build a new meat industry with a problematic animal. Wild pigs damage land when digging for food, and repairs can get costly for property owners. So, … Find out how to read more online.
Tensions rise at seven-hour sewer hearing
Fri  Jul 22 2016 05:16PM
PUNTA GORDA — At a protracted public hearing that started Wednesday and extended into Thursday morning, residents and business owners continued to push back against planned sewer expansions across Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Expect scattered summertime showers
Fri  Jul 22 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may be walking through puddles of rain this weekend in some areas, while other parts of the region stay dry. “Summertime rain is so variable, one place can … Find out how to read more online.
Agencies train beyond Florida mandates
Fri  Jul 22 2016 05:16PM
From his hospital bed, Charles Kinsey told a television news crew how he had his arms in the air, telling police he’s a therapist helping an autistic man before being … Find out how to read more online.
South Gulf Cove seeks park funding
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The South Gulf Cove Beautification Unit Advisory Board had expected to allocate funds to pay for a pavilion and bathrooms at San Domingo Park. But that’s not going … Find out how to read more online.
Nautical sewing specialists
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
I wonder how many of us have the need for a sewing machine that costs $4,000 and can sew through material or rubber that is inches thick? On top of … Find out how to read more online.
YMCA triathlon a success
Tue  Jul 19 2016 08:30AM
MANASOTA KEY— Saturday marked the annual Englewood YMCA Sprint Triathlon that brought together athletes from ages 15 to 69. The course had participants biking up North Beach Road and back, … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland promotes, hires in expansion
Sat  Jul 23 2016 08:30AM
With the recent expansion of Loveland Center with the opening of the in-campus Loveland Village, the organization recently made a number of hires and promotions. Loveland hired Becky Forest as … Find out how to read more online.
‘Icon’ Wayne Goff dies
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Wayne Goff, a builder known throughout the area for his generosity and involvement in many community organizations and projects, died Saturday night after battling cancer. He was … Find out how to read more online.
Charlie now has a home 94-year-old WWII veteran has a trailer
Tue  Jul 19 2016 10:03AM
ENGLEWOOD — At 94 years old, Charlie Murdock has seen a lot and been in danger a few times. The former World War II Navy veteran skirted dangers in the … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer showers make summer even hotter in South west Florida
Mon  Jul 18 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will get little relief from the summer heat as temperatures remain a couple degrees above normal. “We’re just in an easterly flow, so it doesn’t really rain until … Find out how to read more online.
County prepares to mount Zika counter-attack
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Mosquito control is looking to build up resources and manpower in response to the threat posed by the Zika virus, which surfaced in the county last week … Find out how to read more online.
Teens relax with yoga at the library
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
T he Mid- County Regional Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, hosted Yoga for Teens July 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., instructed by Linda Perez. Perez has been a yoga … Find out how to read more online.
Coyotes in the neighborhood
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
Like bald eagles, coyotes are residents of Charlotte County. They may not be as pretty or fun to watch, and they may be a clear and present danger to your … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM

Contact for birthdays

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Hypodermic needles found at park in Englewood
Sun  Jul 17 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — An Englewood mother of three was mortified to find two hypodermic needles in the park at Englewood Rec Center. Amanda Ball’s Facebook post shows a photo of one … Find out how to read more online.
Meeting delayed by gun thefts
Fri  Jul 15 2016 05:06PM
SARASOTA — Two recent gun thefts from homes in Sarasota prompted the Sarasota Police Department to hold a news conference addressing the recent events, due to the timing of the … Find out how to read more online.
New team may join mix for spring training home
Sat  Jul 16 2016 03:26PM
A decision by the Atlanta Braves on whether to join the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles in the region and hold spring training is probably still six to … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Man arrested in recent AR-7 rifle theft
Sat  Jul 16 2016 03:24PM
A Sarasota man was arrested Thursday in connection to a recent gun theft in Sarasota on Wednesday, which prompted the cancellation of an NAACP meeting due to gun violence concerns. … Find out how to read more online.
Accused killer cross-examines detective
Fri  Jul 15 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — The lead detective tasked with finding a missing German citizen allegedly slain 13 years ago said Wednesday she didn’t leave the country. Retired Sarasota County Sheriff’s Detective Chris … Find out how to read more online.