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GAME OVER
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
While many adults can fondly — or fearfully — remember getting hit with a red rubber ball as a rite of passage in physical education class, today’s students in Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Snowbird Classic organizers hope for improvements
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:36PM
MURDOCK — The Snowbird Baseball Classic, an annual tournament that brings college players and millions in revenue to Charlotte each winter, is in jeopardy of losing teams due to a … Find out how to read more online.
Deadline nearing for Health Exchange
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:54PM
The Florida Department of Health is urging people needing health coverage to act before the deadline for enrollment passes. Deadline for enrollment in the federally funded Health Insurance Exchange for … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Dec 9 2016 09:01PM
The Charlotte County area has a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Contact one of the following organizations to see how you can get involved and give back to the community. … Find out how to read more online.
CCSO: Man sought in reported armed robbery
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:58PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man in connection with an alleged armed robbery on the 20000 block of Catherine Avenue in Parkside. Dedrick … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Homeless man charged with attempted murder
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man has been arrested after allegedly attempting to kill his brother. Accord-ing to the North Port Police Depart-ment, Brian Little, 57, was arrested in the 4900 … Find out how to read more online.
Company ‘pays it forward,’ overhauls AMVETS plumbing
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — As Rex Stovall walked into the AMVETS Post 2000 building, water pooled beneath his feet with every step. The leaking had become somewhat of a routine — … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County teaching sand basics
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charles Miller has real reason to support Sarasota County joining Charlotte County in its plans for beach renourishment on Manasota Key. Summer storms ate away the Gulf beach … Find out how to read more online.
Area growing grayer
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
The graying population in Charlotte County continues to outpace most of the nation, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census. Whether they’ve been here for some time or … Find out how to read more online.
Man sentenced to life for Bonhomme murder
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
Dwayne Johnson insisted on his innocence during his sentencing for the murder of Kello Bon-homme during a drug deal two years ago, even when faced by Bon-homme’s family asking how … Find out how to read more online.
Restaurant dynasties beat odds, survive for generations
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
When Karen Slusar’s husband died, she felt finished with their Dairy Queen. Her daughters had other ideas. After Hurricane Charley tore the roof from The Captain’s Table and gutted the … Find out how to read more online.
Region remembers Pearl Harbor
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The 75th anniversary of the attacks at Pearl Harbor was remembered Wednesday morning in North Port. The event is hosted annually on Dec. 7 in an effort … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans remember Pearl Harbor
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
Members of the American Legion Post 113 and VFW Post 10476, both in Rotonda, held a joint Pear Harbor Commemoration Ceremony Wednesday at Marina at Rotonda West. … Find out how to read more online.
Commission considers appointment to Seat 4
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:30AM
NORTH PORT — The City Commission Seat 4 spot may be filled come January. The North Port City Commission discussed the possibility of appointing a community member to fill the … Find out how to read more online.
New Sarasota District calendar starts schools earlier
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:28AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County public school students will begin the next school year earlier, allowing them to take midterm exams before winter break. The new start date for the 2017-2018 … Find out how to read more online.
Back Pack Angels to hold fundraiser
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:28AM
NORTH PORT — The North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children Inc., also known as the Back Pack Angels, will hold a fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. … Find out how to read more online.
Group collects bikes, toys for holiday
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:28AM
NORTH PORT — Michael and Betty Regan say philanthropy is something they’ve always been involved in — they donate food to the Food Bank every month, collect socks throughout the … Find out how to read more online.
Drying up
Tue  Dec 6 2016 03:27PM
Coming off one of the driest Novembers since last century’s Dust Bowl, and with no significant rain anywhere in sight, Charlotte and Sarasota county residents are bracing for what comes … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans arrive at Pearl Harbor
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Bob Virgin Jr. looked around. He saw “tons and tons of high school kids. They’re bands.” And they were getting ready to take part later today in the 75th anniversary … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte Symphony does a little Beethoven
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra maestro Raffaele Ponti told his audience Sunday night that when Ludwig van Beethoven composed the third of his nine symphonies in 1804, “he blew the norm of … Find out how to read more online.
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Good news for bicyclists
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:58PM
An agency that serves Charlotte and Sarasota counties, Gulf Coast Community Foundation has kept the ball rolling on the further extension of Legacy Trail. The group has committing $50,000 in … Find out how to read more online.
City holding Poinsettia Parade tonight
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:27PM
NORTH PORT — After the Tree Lighting Festival last week, the city will continue to celebrate the holiday season with the Poinsettia festival tonight. While North Port spokesperson Josh Taylor … Find out how to read more online.
Huge fish kill blamed on red tide
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:27PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Red tide is the likely suspect behind this week’s massive fish kill throughout Charlotte Harbor and the Punta Gorda canal system. Medium concentrations of Karenia brevis, a … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:41PM
Pancake breakfast and cookie walk First United Methodist Church invites the public to its monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. today in the Bryant Life Center, located … Find out how to read more online.

Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:36PM
Audubon Society The Peace River Audubon Society meetings are the third Thursday of each month, from September through May at First Alliance Church, 20444 Midway Blvd., Port Charlotte. For more … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-employee sued after leaving day care
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Olivia Broderick was in charge of taking care of five 2-year-olds and made $10.25 an hour at Achievements Learning Center. And now the 22-year-old is being summoned … Find out how to read more online.
Weekend front won’t be as cool as expected
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians will not get as cold this weekend as they may have thought based on earlier weather predictions. Forecasters predicted earlier in the week that temperatures would drop down … Find out how to read more online.
Knight at the Races canceled
Fri  Dec 9 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — An evening hosted by the North Port Knights of Columbus has been canceled, officials said. The Knight at the Races, which has been slated to take place … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda approves special assessments
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda City Council unanimously approved resolutions for special assessments on the Punta Gorda Isles Bird Section canal cut-through and the Burnt Store Isles electric undergrounding study — both … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Sara Ruthann Hughes, 21, of Tallahassee. Charges: two counts of violation of probation. Bond: none. • Michael Roy Millhoff Jr., … Find out how to read more online.
Retreat offers glimpse into 2017
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — It’s officially called a retreat, but actually serves as an organizational meeting for the Sarasota County Commissioners as they move into the new year. On Friday morning, commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
City in need of food donations
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — In the season of giving, the city is encouraging residents to open their hearts and help their less fortunate neighbors through food and toiletry donations. North Port’s … Find out how to read more online.
Before the bands play, a somber note
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:30AM
Bob Virgin Jr. couldn’t put his finger on it. It was Wednesday in Honolulu, the morning of the big day. Later, there would be a parade with marching bands, and … Find out how to read more online.
Missing marathon runner found
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:30AM
A half marathon race that ended for many after three to five hours turned into a nearly 12-hour ordeal for a North Port woman. Deputies said Melissa A. Kitcher, 37, … Find out how to read more online.
Readers’ Choice ballots available
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:28AM
NORTH PORT — The 2016 Official Ballot for the North Port Sun Readers’ Choice are available in the Wednesday and Saturday editions of the North Port Sun. The annual awards … Find out how to read more online.
Puppy mill ordinance faces legal challenge
Thu  Dec 8 2016 12:58PM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County’s attempt to prevent the existence of so-called “puppy mills” or “kitten factories” now faces a legal challenge from a local pet store. On Oct. 28, BKG … Find out how to read more online.
Christmas Bazaar at St. Mary’s this week
Wed  Dec 7 2016 09:26AM
NORTH PORT — The Christmas Bazaar at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church is Friday and Saturday. According to church officials, it “is always a colorful and entertaining event, but this … Find out how to read more online.
Bottom line: Englewood Waterfest a big success
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The second Englewood Beach Waterfest far exceeded the hopes of its organizers. Last month’s Offshore Powerboat Association boat races at Englewood Beach appear to have netted $80,000 in … Find out how to read more online.
Cultural Center raises hand for volunteerism
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
John Halbmaier and his wife, Barbara, stopped by the Homeless Coalition table. They are Port Charlotte residents, snowbirds from New Hampshire in their second season here, were looking for volunteer … Find out how to read more online.
Family Services Center future a clean slate
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — In working with a blank canvas, county officials said the 6.5-acre campus surrounding the Charlotte County Family Services Center presents countless redevelopment possibilities. And that may be part … Find out how to read more online.