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City, county celebrate new ambulance
Fri  Aug 22 2014 05:41PM
PUNTA GORDA — City and county officials held a dedication ceremony Friday for one of the more important additions to the community — a shiny new ambulance. “It’s a great … Find out how to read more online.
Rotonda II appeals on horizon
Fri  Aug 22 2014 05:41PM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — In the heady moments after a jury issued a favorable judgment for damages in the Rotonda II sewer case, county attorneys stood on the steps outside the … Find out how to read more online.
Tax extension would lighten city’s funding concerns
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM

Facility improvements (Punta Gorda)

Energy-efficient light bulbs in and around city buildings $500,000

Public Safety training room modernization $12,751

Public Safety communication center modernization $36,000

Public Safety perimeter parking lot lighting $18,000

Total: $566,751

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Mall turns 25, with little fanfare
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — When the Port Charlotte Town Center debuted 25 years ago this month, with a festive gala, replete with pomp and circumstance, the grand opening of the first indoor … Find out how to read more online.
Allegiant adds West Virginia route
Fri  Aug 22 2014 12:04PM
Allegiant Air this week announced a new nonstop route between Huntington, W.Va., and the Punta Gorda Airport, beginning Nov. 20. Tickets for this latest destination are available now, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Allegiant adds West Virginia route
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Allegiant Air on Tuesday announced a new nonstop route between Huntington, W.Va., and the Punta Gorda Airport, beginning Nov. 20. Tickets for this latest destination are available … Find out how to read more online.
Teen gets 5 years for robbing mom, child
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A 17-year-old Port Charlotte boy who held up a mother and child outside a local bank has been sentenced to five years in prison. Shamar Blair — … Find out how to read more online.
A day of many firsts
Tue  Aug 19 2014 08:00AM
About 200 students and their parents lined up outside Peace River Elementary School much earlier than the school’s 8:55 a.m. start time Monday. “The line was all the way around … Find out how to read more online.
School’s back in session
Mon  Aug 18 2014 08:00AM
Thousands of students from Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties are heading back to school today, and authorities are reminding drivers to remain vigilant and watch their speeds. “It can sometimes … Find out how to read more online.
American Legion honors Charley first responders
Mon  Aug 18 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — When the last gasps of the 150 mph winds of Hurricane Charley finally diminished a decade ago, Melinia “Mickey” Raymond was asked if she could park her … Find out how to read more online.
Filmmaker hopes for community support
Tue  Aug 19 2014 04:30PM
NORTH PORT — A local filmmaker is looking for businesses and investors to help get his latest project across the finish line, and hopefully highlight the region and all it … Find out how to read more online.
Harbour Heights residents: Students need sidewalks
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
HARBOUR HEIGHTS — Out of all the Deep Creek/Harbour Heights area’s pressing issues, residents view the need for sidewalks as the most critical for children’s safety. But as young students … Find out how to read more online.
Water wheeling irks city
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — If staff cannot reach an agreement with officials from the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority on how long or how much to pay for water from … Find out how to read more online.
‘Wall’ fundraising in home stretch
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:27AM
Support for a Vietnam Memorial Wall in Laishley Park has been so overwhelming, organizers say they are just a few thousand dollars away from reaching their goal. In less than … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Bowler strikes alley patron
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — A 53-year-old North Port man is accused of getting physical with a woman in a local bowling alley, after the woman asked why he was cursing at her … Find out how to read more online.
Bus-less benches are here to stay
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — It is a paradox hidden in plain sight. Scores of bus benches lining U.S. 41 — but no buses. To the local nonprofits that receive free display … Find out how to read more online.
Summer heat slows hiring through area
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The typically slow summer season has caused hiring to drag across Southwest Florida, but an increase in construction activity holds promise for the future. The Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
Scott OKs $32M for US 41
Fri  Aug 15 2014 08:00AM
Drivers traveling along Tamiami Trail in northern Port Charlotte eventually could enjoy a smoother, less-congested ride. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has given the green light to a $32.7 million widening … Find out how to read more online.
10 years later, 10 times stronger
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Jeb Bush was live on national television around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 2004 — which happened to be Friday the 13th. The then-governor was addressing Florida residents about Hurricane … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Drunken man wrecks historic chopper
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — Almost every day for the last five years, 67-year-old Vietnam War veteran Bill Gard has worked hard to personally restore a piece of history — one … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man has sex with boy while mom asleep
Fri  Aug 22 2014 05:12PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A 32-year-old North Port man has been accused of having sex with a boy half his age, while the boy’s mother was asleep in the same bedroom. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Loop’ nearly official
Thu  Aug 21 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Now the real work begins. With the Punta Gorda City Council on Wednesday amending its comprehensive plan and zoning to accommodate 204 acres known as “The Loop,” … Find out how to read more online.
Practices, not hospitals
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
Although personal information of 4.5 million people was stolen from Community Health Systems by Chinese hackers in July, the information was taken from patients of physicians whose practices are affiliated … Find out how to read more online.
Park comeback relies on sales tax
Wed  Aug 20 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — By all accounts, McGuire Park, listlessly tucked away in Parkside, has seen better days. The tennis courts no longer can be used, the parking lots are potholed … Find out how to read more online.
Teen gets 5 years for robbing mom, child
Fri  Aug 22 2014 08:00AM
A 17-year-old Port Charlotte boy who held up a mother and child outside a local bank has been sentenced to five years in prison. Shamar Blair — charged as an … Find out how to read more online.
Patient info breached
Tue  Aug 19 2014 08:00AM
Community Health Systems Inc., one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it was the victim of a cyberattack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security … Find out how to read more online.
Officials eye solutions for rising jail population
Tue  Aug 19 2014 08:00AM
Local officials are weighing some new ideas to steady the rising jail population, but they are also revisiting some past procedures. Re-introducing a jail weekender program at the Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Joe Comeaux flew C-130 transports in Vietnam
Mon  Aug 18 2014 08:00AM
Joe Comeaux of Punta Gorda got out of high school in ’69, just in time for the last of the Vietnam War. “I was in ROTC in college taking pilot’s … Find out how to read more online.
Minister speaks about protest, arrest
Mon  Aug 18 2014 08:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Armed with a lot of support and a heart for equality, the Rev. Amy Kindred took to our nation’s capital in hopes of making even the slightest … Find out how to read more online.
A honking good time at ‘Touch-A-Truck’
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — At Saturday’s free, family-friendly “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, there were plenty of big toys for little boys — and girls. Smaller … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s suicide rate alarming
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
On a warm, sunny morning in June, an 83-year-old Englewood man walked into Englewood Community Funeral Home on South McCall Road and, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, asked … Find out how to read more online.
Guns and mental illness
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
There’s no doubt in 43-year-old Chato B. Stewart’s mind that he’d be dead if he’d had access to a gun that dreadful night in 2004 when he planned to kill … Find out how to read more online.
Bus-less benches are here to stay
Sun  Aug 17 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — It is a paradox hidden in plain sight. Scores of bus benches lining U.S. 41 — but no buses. To the local nonprofits that receive free display … Find out how to read more online.
‘Wall’ granite funds nearly raised; $150K to go for site
Sat  Aug 16 2014 10:14AM
PUNTA GORDA — Support for a Vietnam Memorial Wall in Laishley Park has been so overwhelming, organizers say they are just a few thousand dollars away from reaching their initial … Find out how to read more online.
Summer heat slows hiring
Sat  Aug 16 2014 08:00AM
The typically slow summer season has caused hiring to drag across Southwest Florida, but an increase in construction activity holds promise for the future. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity … Find out how to read more online.
Sewer tally: $3M
Fri  Aug 15 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — After just three hours of deliberation Thursday afternoon, the jury in the compensatory phase of the Rotonda II sewer trial handed plaintiffs a $3.26 million award from … Find out how to read more online.
Stopping for a drink
Thu  Aug 14 2014 01:38PM
A bee lands on a flower in downtown Punta Gorda. … Find out how to read more online.
School boards talk new standards
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
LAKEWOOD RANCH — School boards and staffs from Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties met Wednesday afternoon and shared similar concerns about preparing teachers to instruct — and educating the community … Find out how to read more online.
Party a decade in the making
Thu  Aug 14 2014 08:00AM
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current state Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam joined the party Wednesday at Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill in Punta Gorda, which played host … Find out how to read more online.