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Cops: North Port man choked police dog
Tue  Oct 17 2017 06:19PM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man is reportedly in an intensive care unit after resisting arrest from several North Port Police officers, according to North Port Police Department reports. … Find out how to read more online.
Braves break ground on stadium
Tue  Oct 17 2017 04:33PM
NORTH PORT — It all started with a rendering drawn on a napkin during a discussion in Tennessee between West Villages chairman Marty Black, Atlanta Braves and Sarasota County officials. … Find out how to read more online.
Irma response gets passing grade
Mon  Oct 16 2017 08:30AM
One Port Charlotte resident gave Charlotte County a “D-” for its post-hurricane Irma relief efforts in a letter to the editor. “It’s just depressing,” said Robert A. McDuffie about the … Find out how to read more online.
Why do we live in Florida?
Sun  Oct 15 2017 08:30AM
Snakes in the garden, mosquitoes in the air, thunder and lightning in the forecast. Just another summer day in Southwest Florida. This is a place where coyotes roam the countryside, … Find out how to read more online.
Why do we live in Florida?
Sun  Oct 15 2017 08:30AM
Snakes in the garden, mosquitoes in the air, thunder and lightning in the forecast. Just another summer day in Southwest Florida. This is a place where coyotes roam the countryside, … Find out how to read more online.
Federal official wants time with Charlotte commissioners
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
U.S. Small Business Administration spokesman Tamim Choudhury says he has some valuable information for Charlotte County Commissioners and residents. As of Friday, he is still trying to get an audience … Find out how to read more online.
Church hosting North Port pumpkin patch
Fri  Oct 13 2017 02:32PM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, is hosting a Pumpkin Patch during October. It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 … Find out how to read more online.
FEMA mobile command center open in Englewood
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Anyone in need of disaster assistance from Hurricane Irma can have questions answered in person by Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration representatives in Englewood. … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota narrowly approves energy program
Fri  Oct 13 2017 11:27AM
SARASOTA — Despite some misgivings, Sarasota County commissioners gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a Property Assessed Clean Energy program to operate within the county. During a public hearing that began … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Yard Sale returns
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
Residents will have the chance to get rid of their unwanted items this Saturday. From 8 a.m. to noon the Community Yard Sale will be on City Center Front Green, … Find out how to read more online.
Analyst: Blood samples likely from 3-year-old victim
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Crime scene analysts testified Thursday to the search for evidence at the Trail Apartments in Punta Gorda where 3-year-old Pilar Rodriguez was allegedly killed by Keith Wilson … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock students get surgical training
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
Babcock Neighborhood School hosted hands-on training in arthroscopic surgery for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students on Wednesday. “Providing opportunities like this is really what we are striving for,” said Principal … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital task force gets new direction
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Medical Hospital Task Force was created after years of failed attempts to bring a hospital to North Port. The board was made with careful attention to … Find out how to read more online.
Tackling truancy — an early warning sign of dropping out
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Stephanie Reel, 15, won a big stuffed animal at a pep rally at The Academy, an alternative high school at Charlotte Technical College in Port Charlotte. At … Find out how to read more online.
Irma ends airport’s passenger streak
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At some point, most streaks come to an end. Charlotte County Airport Authority announced a 19 percent decrease in passenger traffic at Punta Gorda Airport in September, … Find out how to read more online.
Police Beat
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Bobby Francis Young, 48, of Tampa. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none. • Michael Anthony Richards, 29, of Sarasota. Charge: … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital task force gets new direction
Thu  Oct 12 2017 02:50PM
NORTH PORT — The Medical Hospital Task Force was created after years of failed attempts to bring a hospital to North Port. The board was made with careful attention to … Find out how to read more online.
Announcing the Leadership Englewood Class of 2018
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
C ongratulations to the following people for being selected to Leadership Englewood: Jessica Anderson of the Boys & Girls Club; Chris Atamanchuk of SandBar Tiki & Grille; Nicole Beyer of … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Oct 11 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — After Hurricane Irma drained the canals in Punta Gorda, creating immense, outward pressure from rain-soaked yards, an estimated 15 miles of seawall failed. Nearly 1,000 properties were … Find out how to read more online.
Braves break ground on stadium
Tue  Oct 17 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — It all started with a rendering drawn on a napkin during a discussion in Tennessee between West Villages chairman Marty Black, Atlanta Braves and Sarasota County officials. … Find out how to read more online.
Irma response gets passing grade
Mon  Oct 16 2017 08:30AM
One Port Charlotte resident gave Charlotte County a “D-” for its post-hurricane Irma relief efforts in a letter to the editor. “It’s just depressing,” said Robert A. McDuffie about the … Find out how to read more online.
Irma response gets passing grade
Mon  Oct 16 2017 08:30AM
One Port Charlotte resident gave Charlotte County a “D-” for its post-hurricane Irma relief efforts in a letter to the editor. “It’s just depressing,” said Robert A. McDuffie about the … Find out how to read more online.
Why do we live in Florida?
Sun  Oct 15 2017 08:30AM
Snakes in the garden, mosquitoes in the air, thunder and lightning in the forecast. Just another summer day in Southwest Florida. This is a place where coyotes roam the countryside, … Find out how to read more online.
Farmers Markets continue to grow
Fri  Oct 13 2017 11:20AM
Maggie Balch started selling seafood in the area’s farmers markets back in 1997 at the Venice Farmers Market. Her stand, Maggie’s Seafood, is one of two stands at the market … Find out how to read more online.
Placida Art Market opens Oct. 21, needs vendors
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
PLACIDA — The Placida Art Market at the Placida Fishery is set to begin its ninth year of shows Oct. 21 and is looking for vendors. Despite developers’ plans to … Find out how to read more online.
Rock-gate: Selling painted rocks causes online controversy
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After collecting painted rocks she found around the community, one local woman decided to put them online and try to sell them for $20 to $70. A Facebook … Find out how to read more online.
Ice-skating senior featured nationally
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — After decades of taking photos of other people, Heidemarie Burke finds herself the cover girl for a Hospital Corp. of America nationally circulated magazine. The quarterly magazine is … Find out how to read more online.
Rosary Rally set for noon Saturday
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The San Pedro Catholic Church parking lot will be the setting at noon Saturday for a Rosary Rally geared to unite the world in peace. San Pedro … Find out how to read more online.
Tackling truancy — an early warning sign of dropping out
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Stephanie Reel, 15, won a big stuffed animal at a pep rally at The Academy, an alternative high school at Charlotte Technical College in Port Charlotte. At … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Suspect arrested after yearlong investigation
Fri  Oct 13 2017 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office ended a nearly yearlong investigation Wednesday with the arrest of 26-year-old John Taylor Andrews, of the 1200 block of Lemon Street, Punta Gorda, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Tackling truancy — an early warning sign of dropping out
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Stephanie Reel, 15, won a big stuffed animal at a pep rally at The Academy, an alternative high school at Charlotte Technical College in Port Charlotte. At … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital task force gets new direction
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Medical Hospital Task Force was created after years of failed attempts to bring a hospital to North Port. The board was made with careful attention to … Find out how to read more online.
Baby sitter testifies in case of slain 3-year-old
Thu  Oct 12 2017 02:50PM
Melissa Harding-Jones’ voice broke, and she choked back tears several times, as she described the alleged abuse and death of 3-year-old Pilar Rodriguez at the hands of her boyfriend in … Find out how to read more online.
Upcoming biker bash dedicated to mammogram awareness
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
Rita Bertler isn’t a biker babe, but certainly has no problem joining them this weekend to promote breast cancer awareness and collect a few dollars for her mammogram fund. Bertler, … Find out how to read more online.
Venice legend ‘Babe’ Dalton dies
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
VENICE — Despite the arrival in Venice of retail giants Home Depot and Lowe’s, Babe’s Hardware not only survived, but grew to have retail stores in Venice, Englewood and North … Find out how to read more online.
Kids enjoy free Saturdays at North Port Art Center
Thu  Oct 12 2017 08:30AM
T he North Port Art Center hosts free art classes for those ages 6 and up, from 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. every Saturday except Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends. … Find out how to read more online.
North Port OKs marijuana centers
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:54AM
NORTH PORT — Almost one year after a large majority of North Port residents supported medical marijuana on the ballot, the city took the final step in bringing treatment centers … Find out how to read more online.


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