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EARS expecting more animals from Louisiana
Wed  Aug 24 2016 01:00AM
Marion Lutz has had a busy few days this week, and things are about to get busier. Lutz, who is the director for the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, spent Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man attempts to kill ex-girlfriend’s co-worker
Wed  Aug 24 2016 01:00AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at a North Port man while they were driving on U.S. 41. Darrell Concepcion-Padilla, 30, 2400 block of … Find out how to read more online.
Man gets two life sentences
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:36AM
SARASOTA — Several times Monday a judge listened as Katrelle Johnson said he didn’t really understand what was going on in his double-murder cases. Johnson said he agreed to two … Find out how to read more online.
Ukrainians to commemorate 25 years of independence
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:36AM
NORTH PORT — The area’s Ukrainian community will gather Wednesday in North Port to celebrate 25 years of declared independence. In 1991, Ukrainians declared independence from the former Soviet Union … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood shelter takes in animals rescued from Louisiana flood
Mon  Aug 22 2016 04:53PM
ENGLEWOOD — Nine dogs and five cats, rescued from the St. Landry Parish animal shelter in Louisiana due to flooding, arrived at the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary early Saturday evening … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates up close and personal
Mon  Aug 22 2016 08:30AM
Iam not sure you can really know a person after an hour or so of conversation. But, our editorial board members would likely agree with me that you sure get … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
A final nod Thursday morning from Charlotte County Airport Authority board members made it official — the thrill of Saturday night car racing will return to Punta Gorda this winter. … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Southwestern Collegiate High hosts Mentor Day
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School held their “Mentor Day” at the Charlotte Campus. The Mentor day was a chance for the upper classmen, juniors and seniors, to help prepare freshmen … Find out how to read more online.
Tournament benefits Charlotte County Young Life
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
A double-elimination, cornhole tournament, a total of 29 games, was held inside the gym at Community Christian Church, in Port Charlotte, on Saturday. The event was a benefit for the … Find out how to read more online.
County, School District to exchange Murdock Village land
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County and the School Board have agreed to swap parcels in Murdock Village, making it easier for the county to entice a major development to the long-dormant … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
The Symons step up for Waterfest
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Greg and Brenda Symons want to see a successful launch of the second annual Englewood Beach Waterfest in November. The Symons donated $25,000 to Waterfest, for which organizers … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners to conduct final budget workshop
Mon  Aug 22 2016 10:04AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County Commissioners return to work this week after their traditional four-week summer break, and their first item of business is a final budget workshop Monday morning. The … Find out how to read more online.
North Port site of travel-related Zika case
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
A Zika diagnosis in a North Port woman has left officials calm but urging community members to take precautions. “Everything is of concern,” said Laurie Tarleton, community outreach specialist for … Find out how to read more online.
They always come home
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
Englewood’s Pioneer Days — today through Labor Day — celebrates Englewood. Today, so does this column. Transplants now operate most Englewood eateries. But two places have pioneer owners with roots … Find out how to read more online.
DUI charge in 2015 death of motorcyclist
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
Nearly a year after Johnny Martin was killed while driving his Harley-Davidson, 77-year-old Michael Laucik was arrested on the charge of driving under the influence homicide manslaughter. Laucik of Englewood, … Find out how to read more online.
A peek into Coel’s career
Sun  Aug 21 2016 12:41PM
PUNTA GORDA — Lee Coel — the Punta Gorda police officer placed on paid administrative leave after he fired a revolver with a live round that killed a civilian — … Find out how to read more online.
Troopers on DUI patrol through Labor Day
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Florida Highway Patrol issued a statewide advisory informing motorists that the agency will concentrate its enforcement efforts on drunk driving over the next two weeks. The … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Shot dog remains stable, owner likely faces charges
Fri  Aug 19 2016 08:44AM
NORTH PORT — A dog that was shot Tuesday is recovering and its owner will likely face multiple charges, according to officials. John Cook, 65, shot a dog with a … Find out how to read more online.
Johnson named new principal at North Port High
Thu  Aug 18 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Brandon Johnson received an impressive promotion Wednesday, landing the vacant principal position at North Port High School after serving in that capacity at the elementary level for … Find out how to read more online.
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Wed  Aug 24 2016 01:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Rony P. Medina, 43, 200 block of Rotonda Blvd. W., Rotonda. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Steven Kent … Find out how to read more online.
Man seeks home for Titanic memorabilia
Mon  Aug 22 2016 04:45PM
NORTH PORT — John Brophy has a familial connection to the Titanic disaster, which has resulted in a collection of memorabilia he would like to donate to a worthy recipient. … Find out how to read more online.
AMVETS auxiliary adopts Army unit
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:36AM
NORTH PORT — The Ladies Auxiliary of the AMVETS Post 2000 recently funded scholarships for three high school students and donated money to the North Port Symphony for its upcoming … Find out how to read more online.
Residents may become responsible for mowing rights of way
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:36AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County residents may become responsible for mowing and maintaining the rights of way in front of their homes if county commissioners approve a proposed change in county … Find out how to read more online.
Fiona weakens as two other disturbances develop
Mon  Aug 22 2016 08:30AM
Tropical Storm Fiona hadn’t been downgraded to a depression as expected over the weekend, remaining very weak but posing no threat to Florida. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center is tracking … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
Most people on New Year’s Eve were waiting for the ball to drop. About that same time, Terry Smith was allegedly on the run after robbing Tom’s Discount, a convenience … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM

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Traffic enforcement locations set
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will increase traffic enforcement at the following locations: Speed enforcement: • Entire length of Gasparilla Road, Port Charlotte. • State … Find out how to read more online.
Drug Free Punta Gorda meeting focuses on solutions
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Malaina Mote was away at college when she heard the heartbreaking news. A 23-year-old drunk driver had crashed into the car carrying her mother and two brothers, … Find out how to read more online.

Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County births There were no births reported this week in Charlotte County. Charlotte County marriages • Nathaniel Ford Benson of Fort Garland, Colo., and Aleksandra Dmitruk of Fort Garland, … Find out how to read more online.
Winners crowned in Little Miss Englewood pageant
Sun  Aug 21 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Cradled in her daddy Drew’s arms, little Ariana Shirback slept through the Little Miss Englewood awards presentation. On Saturday morning, the 2-month-old was one of three daintily dressed … Find out how to read more online.
Persisting problem on Panacea
Mon  Aug 22 2016 10:04AM
NORTH PORT — The contentious Panacea Boulevard has brought headaches to the city and residents alike, but a recent chop in the grass may cut some complaints. “We want a … Find out how to read more online.
Unemployment levels finding stability
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Although the month-to-month jobless rate climbed upward in July across the region, the gap is narrowing between peak tourism season and the typically slower summer months, heralding … Find out how to read more online.
Early voting, absentee ballots available
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — With early voting in full swing, and absentee ballots also flying in, the Aug. 30 primary election already is taking shape. It will be days before we … Find out how to read more online.
Community speaking out on police shooting
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — It’s been more than 10 days since this waterfront enclave was thrust onto the national and international spotlight because of the tragic fatal shooting of a 73-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Sun Coast Media adds daily in Highlands County
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
Sun Coast Media Group continues to expand throughout central Florida as it becomes the new owner of the daily newspaper in Highlands County. A deal was completed Friday to purchase … Find out how to read more online.
A dream come true
Sat  Aug 20 2016 08:30AM
A dedication ceremony for Bradley Rossip was held at his new Port Charlotte residence this week, hosted by Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. Rossip’s home is the third of three … Find out how to read more online.
Fiona not a threat, preparedness still urged
Sun  Aug 21 2016 12:41PM
Though the sixth named storm of the season, Fiona, is not a threat, weather and emergency management experts still urge folks to be prepared. “It’s (Fiona’s) not going to affect … Find out how to read more online.
North Port police, firefighters to host annual 9/11 ceremony
Fri  Aug 19 2016 08:44AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Police Department and North Port Fire Department have come together to plan the annual remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Dog shot after man bitten
Fri  Aug 19 2016 02:05PM
NORTH PORT — A man shot a dog after being bitten, officials say. The unnamed North Port man was walking his dog Wednesday around 9 a.m. when four dogs surrounded … Find out how to read more online.